College of Liberal Arts Awards


College of Liberal Arts Awards

Honoring and celebrating the achievements of the College of Liberal Arts Class of 2021.


Annual Awards

Academy of American Poets Prize. Endowed in 2006 by Susan Barba. Recognizes an outstanding poetry collection by the winner of an open competition.
Riya Soyentar

Annual Award in Music. Established by the Music Department. Awarded to outstanding seniors who have made a significant contribution to music at Drew, with distinction in: Music Research, Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, and Music Composition.
Jack Andrus | Colton R. Berry | John Stites Thatcher | Michaela Viljoen

Awards in the Sciences. Given to Drew’s most promising seniors graduating with degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry and neuroscience, as well as in mathematics and computer science. The students chosen to receive these awards are those who not only display exceptional talent in the classroom and research lab, but also demonstrate exceptional promise as future scientists, researchers, doctors, health care professionals and educators.
Biochemistry–Arman Sawhney
Biology–Hanniella Myriam Ouedraogo
Chemistry–Yusef W. Shibly
Computer Science–Aaron James Baxter
Mathematics–Daniel George Herrmann Kellaway
Neuroscience–Karishma Shvetal Patel
Public Health–James Jeremy Kalin
Physics–Matt Kimball Gronert

Winifred B. Baldwin Fellowship. Endowed by Inez Nelbach in memory of Winifred B. Baldwin, wife of former trustee Donald Baldwin. Awarded to one or more Baldwin Honors Scholars with excellent academic records at Drew who show great promise of continued distinction in graduate or professional school.
Kara Frances Dobias | Sarah Elizabeth Gass

Anna-Lisa Barofsky Prize in Biology.Endowed by family and friends in memory of Anna-Lisa Barofsky C’62. Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in biology or psychobiology who presented the best research paper at a scholarly biology conference.
Robert James Sutter

John G. Berg Jr. Memorial Prize. Endowed in 1985 by Mr. Robert Callander as a gift to his wife, honoring her father, John Berg Jr. Awarded annually for excellence in English to an outstanding English major.
Annalisa Reyanne Manabat

Arnold S. Boxer Memorial Prize in Physics. Endowed by colleagues and friends in memory of Arnold S. Boxer, former part-time Drew professor. Awarded for dedication, diligence and distinction in the study of physics.
Vedika Poddar

Jane Brown and Albert Norton Wettstein Prize. Endowed in 2004 by J. Edward Jarvis in memory of Albert Norton Wettstein C’58 and in honor of Mr. Wettstein’s friend, Jane Brown C’62. Awarded to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average who has completed the requirements for a double major.
Milla Seidensticker Schneider

Business Studies Prize. Awarded to the graduating seniors who have demonstrated the best overall performance in the business studies major.
Lisa R. Stites | Karel Jan Raska

Burke Prize in Language and Literature. Endowed by Inez Nelbach in 1990 in honor of James B. Burke, trustee emeritus of the university. Awarded annually to a graduating senior who has majored with distinction in language or literature and who has also demonstrated a high level of competence in classical studies.
Steven Dechert

Robert Chapman Poetry Prize.The Chapman Prize celebrates the rich legacy of Robert Chapman, a distinguished teacher, linguist, lexicographer, medievalist and poet who taught at Drew from 1966 to 1986, by honoring extraordinary undergraduate achievement and promise in the poetry of a rising Drew senior.
Annalisa Reyanne Manabat

Class of 1983 Senior Gift Award. Endowed by the Senior Gift Fund of the Class of 1983. Awarded to one or more outstanding juniors with proven dedication to the improvement of student life.
Kavita Gordon | Krystal Palmer

Class of 1985 Senior Gift Award. Endowed by the Senior Gift Fund of the Class of 1985. Awarded to college students with strong academic promise and a strong vision for a more just community.
Gabriella Ramirez

Jerome Cranmer Prize in Economic History. Established in memory of H. Jerome Cranmer C’47, former professor of economics. Awarded to the highest-performing student in the history of economic thought or economic history.
Joy Musyawa Kalua

Dr. George deStevens Award for RISE Research. Established by Mrs. Ruby deStevens in loving memory of her late husband, a leading research chemist and the founder and first director of the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE). This award annually provides generous support to students engaged in cutting-edge research projects under the tutelage of RISE fellows.
Yusef W. Shibly

Economics Department Prize. Awarded to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the best overall performance in the economics major.
Milla Seidensticker Schneider

Economics and Business Department Service Prize. Awarded to the graduating senior who, in addition to displaying academic excellence, has made significant service contributions to the department and Drew University.
Ella Pascale Farruggia

Ewing Award for Leadership and Public Service and Ewing Distinguished Political Science Major Award. Created with the support of Drew’s John H. Ewing Center for Public Affairs, a nonpartisan organization designed to enhance students’ appreciation of public service and their understanding of public affairs. The center is named for former New Jersey State Senator John H. Ewing, who throughout his distinguished career made education his highest priority. One award is given to a graduating political science major who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and a deep commitment to community engagement and public service. Another is awarded to graduating political science majors who have demonstrated both exemplary performance in their coursework in the department and exceptional comprehension of the discipline.
Leadership and Public Service—Diana Dimitra Karamourtopoulos | Delani Lynnette Hughes
Performance and Comprehension–Sarah Elizabeth Gass | Ryan Stephen Strauss

Donald J. Fariello Memorial Prize. Awarded on the basis of both outstanding accomplishment and future promise to an economics major who plans a career in the legal profession.
Theresa Emily Vaillancourt

Fenstermacher Research Fellowship. Endowed in 2011 by family, friends, students, and colleagues of Robert L. Fenstermacher C’63 in honor of his long career of teaching, his continued interest in his students, and his dedication to the entire Drew community. The Fellowship provides annual funding to support summer research by physics students or students in a related field.
Gabriel Dutra

Christopher Goin Memorial Prize in Writing. Endowed in 1989 by New Jersey Bell colleagues and family in memory of Chris Goin C’78. Awarded to one or more seniors winning a manuscript contest sponsored by the English Department. The manuscript must merit distinction for its substance, style and imagination.
Sydney Quinn | Stefany Merkelbach

Norman Guy Prize in Speech.Endowed by Ralph Porzio C’38, trustee emeritus of the university, in memory of the College’s first professor of public speaking, Norman Guy. Awarded for distinction in public speaking.
1st—Hunter Gollin | 2nd—Nishtha Prabartana | 3rd—Dina Ali

Hardin Prize. Endowed by Winifred Baldwin and Inez Nelbach in honor of Paul Hardin, former president of the university. Awarded to one or more graduating seniors whose active and productive participation in the academic and community life of the College best exemplifies the ideals and accomplishments of former President Hardin.
Kiera E. Husbands | Violet M. Kimble

Marshall C. Harrington Prize in Physics and Astronomy. Endowed in 1990 by friends and former students to honor Drew’s first professor of physics, Marshall C. Harrington. Awarded to a junior or senior for completion of an outstanding independent study or research project in physics or astronomy.
Katelynn Elena Fleming | Matheus Macena de Carvalho

James J. Higgins Memorial Prize. Established in 2006 by family, friends and colleagues to honor James. J. Higgins Esq., former counsel to Drew University. Awarded to a senior who will be attending an accredited law school following graduation from Drew and who has demonstrated academic merit in his or her major field of study.
Michelle Marie Nestor

Stanley Prescott Hooper Memorial Prize. Endowed in 1989 by the estate of Stanley Hooper C’85, family and friends. Awarded to graduating seniors with promise and integrity in art.
Art–Allison Rebecca Karpiak
Art History—Amy Dolores Zavecz

Peter R. Jennings Prize. Endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Zuck to honor a former student, Peter R. Jennings C’53. Awarded for high promise in botany, particularly for work in plant improvement.
Christopher T. Coultas

Ralph R. and Ruth K. Johnson Shakespeare Prize. Endowed in 1998 by the family, friends, colleagues and former students of this beloved professor emeritus of speech and dramatics and his wife. This award celebrates their lifelong veneration of Shakespeare’s work and is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student demonstrating appreciation for and outstanding achievement in the study of Shakespeare’s plays.
William J. DeJianne

Leavell-Oberg Fellowships in History. Established in 2007 by alumni, friends and colleagues of J. Perry Leavell, William Kenan Professor of History and Chair of the History Department, in honor of his four decades of service to Drew University and its students, as well as the mutual commitment of Dr. Leavell and Dr. Barbara B. Oberg to the field of history. The fund supports up to three research fellowships or academic internships for history majors, usually during the summer after their third year of study.
Michael Mastrogiovanni

Leavell-Oberg Prize in History. Established in 1998 by Professor J. Perry Leavell, who taught at Drew for more than 40 years, and his wife, Professor Barbara B. Oberg, who has taught at Yale and Princeton universities, in recognition of their mutual love of history, with support from family, friends and former students. Awarded to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in history.
Erin Frances Feith

Steve A. Lemanski Prize. Endowed in 2006 by Steve A. Lemanski C’89. Awarded to students excelling in applied mathematics, with preference given to students intending to pursue a career related to the field of actuarial science.
Milla Seidensticker Schneider

Chauncey Lester and Elsie Stewart Benedict Memorial Prize. Established by Stewart H. Benedict C’44. Awarded annually for the best play script or drama written by an undergraduate student of the College of Liberal Arts at Drew University.
Jasmin Casiano | Scout Graham

LGBTQ Student Activist Prize. Established in 2011 to honor a sophomore or junior student who has shown exceptional service to the LGBTQ community at Drew. Such an award will help give back to those who have made a commitment to LGBTQ diversity on campus.
Grant Colby

James A. McClintock Award for Excellence in Psychology. Endowed by friends and colleagues in honor of James A. McClintock T’30, dean emeritus of the College and professor emeritus of psychology. Awarded to graduating seniors, one for academic excellence in psychology and potential contribution to the science of psychology and the second for excellence in exemplifying and promoting the principles and ideals of psychology.
Science of Psychology–Amanda Maria Parrella
Principles and Ideals of Psychology–Fodie B. Koita | Maria Reidy

James Lyman McFadden Award. Endowed in 1982 by Ms. Dorothy Bruegger in honor of her husband, James Lyman McFadden, founder and president of Gow-Mac Instrument Company in Madison. Awarded for outstanding work in chemistry.
Hannah Primiano

James O’Kane Award. Established in 2005 to honor Professor of Sociology James M. O’Kane’s long and devoted service to Drew University. Awarded to a sociology major of good character who has done outstanding work in the discipline.
Julia Maitreya Kenner | Emma Marie MacAfee

John F. Ollom Prize in Physics. Established by friends, family and colleagues in 1989 to recognize Ollom’s retirement from the Physics Department. Awarded to a prospective physics major for promising performance in physics courses to date.
Amelia Abruscato | Ryan Duffy

Robert Fisher Oxnam Ensemble Studio Theatre Award in Playwriting. Endowed in 1992 by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jaecker, in honor of Mrs. Jaecker’s late husband, Robert Fisher Oxnam, former president of the University. Awarded for excellence in playwriting.
Erin Gruodis-Gimble | Melanie Haber

Robert Fisher Oxnam Prize. Endowed by Dean Inez Nelbach and Louise Slipper in memory of Robert F. Oxnam, former president of the university. Awarded annually to graduating seniors majoring in political science who have shown both outstanding ability in that field and a thorough competence in at least one foreign language.
Theresa Emily Vaillancourt

President’s Award in Theatre Arts. Established in 1992 by the Theatre Arts Department, and endowed in 2005 by Drew President Thomas H. Kean. Awarded to a graduating senior who has made outstanding contributions to the theatre arts at Drew in a variety of disciplines.
Mary Liesl Baldwin Eppes

Pearl Primus Award. Established in 2019 by Kimani Fowlin, Director of the Dance Minor. Created for a uniquely talented dancer who shows great ambition and a strong work ethic. Awarded annually for a student who exhibits these qualities and upholds the Dance program as an integral part of Drew’s education.
Kareena Salvi

Psi Chi Awards. In recognition of academic excellence in psychology and outstanding contribution to the science of psychology.
Psi Chi Research Award—Bryne Mapstone Growney
Psi Chi Award for Community Service—Kate Leela Fulton-John

Irene and Simon Raicer Prize for SHOAH Education. Established in 1995 by Howard and Abbie Raicer Halperin, Jerome and Hildred Raicer Nozick G’94 and Barry and Naomi Raicer Schimmer in honor of their parents. For a graduating senior who has achieved excellence in Holocaust education.
Taylor Haywood Gates

Shilpa Raval Memorial Prize in Classics. Established by her family and friends in loving memory of Shilpa Raval C’91, PhD 1998 from Brown, assistant professor of classics at Yale University and a brilliant scholar (1969–2004). Awarded annually to a student who has pursued classical studies with distinction, enthusiasm and scholarly promise.
Griffin Arthur Bortnick | Katherine Higgins

Shilpa Raval Prize in Women’s Studies and Humanities. Established by her family and friends in memory of Shilpa Raval C’91 (1969–2004), the prize is awarded annually to a junior or senior whose interdisciplinary work, like Shilpa’s lively and innovative scholarship on gender and sexuality in the ancient world, connects women’s studies with study in an area of humanities, languages or literature.
Dakota Armstrong

Allen Ware Rodes Memorial Prize. Endowed in 1986 by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Rodes in memory of their son, Allen. Dr. Rodes is a professor emeritus of political science at Drew. Given annually to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most significant academic improvement during his or her college career.
Justin Lael Harris

Rumi Prize in Choreography. Established in 2000 by a friend of Drew dance and theatre arts. Awarded annually to a student for excellence in choreography.
Maddy Sands

Thomas D. Sayles Jr. Student Award for Outstanding Service to Community. To be awarded annually to a third-year undergraduate student who, like the award’s namesake, has demonstrated an exceptional commitment and unselfish dedication to the Drew family and to the larger community through exemplary volunteer service.
Gabriella Brooks | Alyssa Sileo

Tracey J. Shors Neuroscience Prize. Endowed in 1999 by John F. Brinster C’43 and Doris A. Brinster. Awarded to an outstanding Drew student for collaborative, multidisciplinary research in the neurosciences.
Violet M. Kimble

Janet T. Siler Memorial Prize. Endowed in 1993 by friends, in memory of Janet T. Siler G’89. Awarded for excellence in the research and writing of a paper on the United Nations Semester and for overall academic accomplishment to students whose characters exemplify the international spirit of the United Nations.
For Research and Writing of a Paper on the United Nations Semester: Chara Proud
For Overall Academic Accomplishment: Camila Sophia Tobon

Slipper-McClintock Prize. Endowed in 1977 by family, friends and colleagues to honor two of the original architects of the Trustee/Drew Scholar program, James A. McClintock T’30and Louise Slipper. Awarded annually to the graduating senior who has made outstanding contributions to academic and campus life.
Michael Scott McGeeney | Lisa R. Stites

Elbridge and Edna Smith Prize. Endowed in 2008 by Elbridge M. Smith C’35 and Edna W. Smith. Awarded to students of outstanding achievement, majoring or intending to major in sociology or French, who have not yet begun their senior year.
Bryanna Gould

Sidney Udenfriend Prize. Established in 2000 by family and friends in memory of Sidney Udenfriend, second director of the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE). Awarded annually to one or more students majoring in science who demonstrate exceptional promise for fundamental or applied research.
Vanessa Paige Raab

Grace Weggeland Prize. Established in 2002 by Robert Layne Weggeland C’61, P’84, Monique Weggeland Flynn C’84, and family and friends, in memory of Dr. Grace K. Weggeland C’58, G’67, P’84. Awarded to a student, active in campus life, who will have achieved at least junior standing by the beginning of the next academic year and has arranged to participate in an off-campus program in that year.
Rachel Papa

Albert Norton Wettstein Memorial Prize. Endowed in 1999 by friends, family and classmates in memory of this member of the College Class of 1958 and the Theological School Class of 1961. Awarded annually to an actor and an actress for outstanding achievement in a Drew theatrical production.
Louis Nicholas Meittinis | Loren Grace Donnelly

Irene Weyer Memorial Prize. Endowed in 2002 by Donald and Arlene Roden P’92 and Frederick S. Roden C’92 in memory of Irene Weyer. To be awarded to a student of promise enrolled in the teacher certification program who is pursuing travel related to her/his degree.
Fedy Soto

Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc. Prize in Jewish Studies.Awarded to graduating seniors who, in the course of their years at Drew, have best exemplified the Jewish values of integrating excellence in Jewish study with exemplary service to campus and community.
Maxxe Riann Albert-Deitch

Celebrating the 2021

Civic Scholars:

·Victoria Claire Adams
·Laura Lucia Benegas
·Nayah Odella Ferris
·Kate Leela Fulton-John
·Brynne Mapstone Growney
·Emily Victoria Huber
·Timothy Richard Jinks
·Diana Dimitra Karamourtopoulos
·Violet M. Kimble
·Cecelia Michele Kracht
·Emma Marie MacAfee
·Kelly Ann Maegerlein
·Shivani Leena Mody
·Timothy Coy Proctor
·Regina Sarquis Sanchez Navarro
·Rebecca Erin Schuman
·Sophie Danielle Sirota
·Kaitlyn Marie Sparks
·Ryan Stephen Strauss
·Nohemy Zabala