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Senior Honors and Awards

Nellie Semmes, Peery Medal Winner

Each May, Newcomb-Tulane College recognizes students who, by achieving academic excellence, embody the highest goals of the institution. Prizes are awarded by the appropriate departmental and college committees and are presented at a special Senior Awards Ceremony held during commencement weekend.

William Wallace Peery Society

The college’s top academic honor, the William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence, is bestowed on the Peery Society member who best exemplifies Dr. Peery’s educational philosophy, which stresses breadth and depth of learning and encourages students to work at the level of their greatest capacity. The Peery Medalist also receives a check for $1000. Students selected for this honor receive their awards at the annual Senior Awards Ceremony, held in May on the day before Commencement.

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Past Senior Awards Programs

A.B. Freeman School of Business

The Evelyn and William Burkenroad Award- Established in 1997, this award recognizes excellence in academics, and is presented to the graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Management program with the highest cumulative GPA.

The Dean’s Service Award- Established  in  1991,  this  award  recognizes  graduating  students  who  have,  in  the opinion of the administrative staff and the dean, added dimension to the school through outstanding contributions of time and effort.

The Evelyn and William Burkenroad Award- Established  in  1982,  the  Evelyn  and  William  Burkenroad  Award  recognizes  the graduating  student  in  the  Bachelor  of  Science  in  Management  program  who  has an  outstanding  record  of  scholarship  and  personal  integrity,  and  whose  activities have contributed to the professional, social, and/or academic quality of the business program. The recipient is chosen by the senior class.

The Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award- Established to recognize an outstanding graduate of the BSM program, this award is presented each year to the graduating senior who exhibits, in the opinion of the school’s administration, outstanding intellectual ability, leadership, self-motivation, and responsibility to peers, the school, and the community.

The Tulane Association of Business Alumni Community Service Award- Established  in  1993  by  the  Levy-Rosenblum  Institute  for  Entrepreneurship and conducted in partnership with the Tulane Association   of   Business Alumni, this award recognizes those graduates who, under the auspices of the Institute and  mentored  by  TABA  members,  have  completed  at  least  25  hours  of  pro  bono  service  with  a  disadvantaged  business  or  a  not-for-profit  organization  in  the New Orleans area.

The School of Architecture

Alpha Rho Chi Medal

American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate- Similar  to  the  AIA  Henry  Adams  Medal,  this  certificate  was  established  to  honor  the second highest ranking student within each School of Architecture nationwide. With  many  talented  students  and  what  sometimes  is  a  mere  hundredth  of  a  point  separating  these  GPAs,  it  is  necessary  to  recognize  these  accomplishments.  

American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal- This  medal  is  awarded  annually  to  the  top-ranking  student  from  each  accredited Architecture  program. This award was established in 1914 to recognize academic excellence throughout the course of one’s architecture education.

John William Lawrence Memorial Medal- The John William Lawrence Medal is an honor chosen by the School of Architecture faculty to recognize excellence in design. While highest cumulative Studio GPA was a  baseline  consideration  for  this  honor,  more  important  was  evidence  of  a  clear drive in the work that moves beyond grades.
 

The School of Liberal Arts

Africana Studies

Felipe Smith Jr. Award for Excellence in Africana Studies

The Department of Anthropology

The Arden R. King Award for Excellence in Anthropology

The Elizabeth S. Watts Award for Excellence in Physical Anthropology

The Robert Wauchope Award for Excellence in Anthropology

The Victoria Reifler Bricker Award for Excellence in Linguistics

The Newcomb Department of Art

The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Award for Outstanding Studio Art Major in 2-Dimensional Work

The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Award for Outstanding Studio Art Major in 3-Dimensional Work

Outstanding Art History Major Award

The Sandra “Sandy” Chism Memorial Award in Painting

Class of 1914 Prize in Art

The Department of Classical Studies

The Ernest Henry Riedel Classical Studies Prize

The George H. Terriberry Classical Prize

The Judah Touro Medal- The Judah  Touro  Medal  (est.  1856)  is  awarded  for  excellence  in  Greek,  Biblical Hebrew, Latin, or ancient history. 

The Department of Communication

The Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award
The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication

The Department of Economics

The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics- The  J.  Ernest  Tanner  Award  for  Excellence in Economics is given to the student with the highest GPA among all graduating Economics  majors.

The Mathematical Economics Award- The Mathematical Economics Award is given to the student with the highest GPA among all graduating Economics majors who also had a significant concentration in Mathematics.

The Newcomb College Award in Economics- The  Newcomb  College  Award  in  Economics  is  given  to  the outstanding female Economics major.

The Paul Tulane College Award in Economics- The  Paul  Tulane  College  Award  in  Economics  is  given to outstanding male Economics majors.

The Research Award in Economics- The Research Award in Economics is given to the student who produced an exemplary honors thesis.

The Department of English

The Class of 1903 Shakespeare Prize for Best Shakespearean Essay by a Woman

The Dale Edmonds Prize for Best Short Story Written by an Undergraduate

The Donald Pizer Award in American Literature

The Pierce Butler Prize for Excellence in English

The Senior Achievement Prize in Creative Writing

The Senior Service Award in Creative Writing

The Studio in the Woods Fellowship in Creative Writing

The Department of French and Italian

The Alcée Fortier Memorial Prize

The French Government Book Prize- The French Government Prize honors students who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the study of French and exceptional proficiency in the language.

The Italian Government Prize for Excellence in Italian

The Jonathan Lorino Memorial Prize

The Louis Bush Medal

The Charles Oscar Maas Prize in French and Italian- The Maas prize recognizes exceptional essays   written in French.

The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Award for the Outstanding Senior in Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Department of German and Slavic Studies

The Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award- This award  honors  a  student  of  German “who  is  distinguished not only by their achievements, but also by dedication and sense of duty.”

The John T. Krumpelmann Award- This  award  honors  the  female  German  major  with  the  highest  scholastic  record.

The Russian Book Prize for Achievement in the Russian Language

The Russian Award

The Sally Reed Atkins Award- The Sally Reed Atkins Award was endowed in order to support “female graduate or undergraduate  students  of  German  Literature” and assist with travel expenses for their studies in Germany.

The Department of History

Chi Omega Prize- The Chi Omega Prize is given to the female History major with the highest GPA in the department and who has exhibited excellence in the study of History.

The Montgomery History Award- The Montgomery Award is given to the male History major with the highest GPA in the department and who has exhibited excellence in the study of History.

Prize for Excellence in Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, or Asian History- Awarded  annually  for  the  best  undergraduate  paper  in  Latin  American,  Middle Eastern, African, or Asian history.

The Sidney Beyer Prize for Excellence in American History- Awarded  annually  for  the  best  undergraduate  paper  in  U.S.  History.

The Department of Jewish Studies

The Dr. Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award

The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter and Julie Kanter Award

The Ephraim Lisitzky Memorial Award

The Department of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Prize

The Murphy Institute- Political Economy

The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

The Murphy Institute Public Service Award

The Newcomb Department of Music

The Sarah I. Nadler Memorial Award in Music

Payson Center for International Development

The Eamon Kelly Prize- The  Eamon  Kelly  Prize  is  given  to  the  undergraduate  student  in  International Development  who,  in  the  judgement  of  the  faculty,  best  reflects  the  values  of leadership and academic rigor in development that Dr. Kelly's life work exemplifies. Dr.  Kelly  is  a  former  President  of  Tulane  and  co-founder  of  the  International Development Studies program.

The Director’s Prize for Best Paper- The   Director's   prize   is   awarded   to   the   student   who,   in   the judgement  of  the  faculty, demonstrates the greatest potential to make a significant contribution to international development work.

The International Development Undergraduate Prize- The   International   Development Undergraduate   Prize is for the graduating undergraduate  student  who  has  distinguished  themself  by  a  commitment  to international development work.

The Department of Philosophy

The Anne Butler Hess Award

The Department of Political Science

The Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Fellowship in Political Science

The Class of 1935 – Ned Putzell Memorial Prize

The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize

The Pi Sigma Alpha Award

The S. Walter Stern 1905 Memorial Medal
The Shirley Wiel Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science

The Department of Sociology

The Outstanding Student in Sociology Award

The Phi Mu Award in Sociology

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Hispano-American Studies Prize

The Iberian Studies Prize

The Luso-Brazilian Studies Prize

The Newcomb Department of Theatre and Dance

The Dorothy Young Memorial Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Rol

The Janice Torre Perky Memorial Award for Excellence in Original or Creative Writing

The Elizabeth B. Delery Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance

The Jill Karp Prize in Dance Performance

The Minnette L. Starts Award for Excellence in Dance

Garic K Barranger Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

The Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Student Leadership Award 

The Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Student Scholastic Award 

The Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Student Service and Volunteerism Award-Every year the Dean gives an award for the highest GPA among our graduating class. 

The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Alumni Association Student Recognition Award- This award is for a student who is excels in academics as well as leadership and service. 
 

The School of Science and Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

The BMES Scholarship Award for an Outstanding Senior

The Joyous & William C. Van Buskirk Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering

The James A. Cronvich Award

The Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award

The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award BME Design Competition

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

The Cell and Molecular Biology Prize

The Gerald S. Gussack ’75 M.D. Award

The Liz Earley Prize in Cell and Molecular Biology

The Professor Erik G. Ellgaard  Award for Excellence in Cell and  Molecular Biology

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The American Institute of Chemical  Engineers Senior Scholarship Award- Awarded to the senior with the highest grade point average. 

The American Institute of  Chemists Student Award- Chosen by the faculty, this is awarded to an outstanding senior for having demonstrated leadership ability, character, high scholastic standing and potential for advancement in the chosen profession.

The Francis M. Taylor Award- Chosen  by  the  faculty,  this  is  awarded  to  a  senior  for  outstanding  citizenship  based  upon professional attitudes and accomplishments, ability to interact with colleagues and faculty and positive contributions to departmental and university programs.

The Department of Chemistry

The American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Award-  Award  for  his  outstanding  undergraduate  research  in   chemistry.

The American Institute of Chemists Award-For high academic achievement in a Chemistry major.

 The Merck Index Award-This  award  is  given  in  recognition of  scholastic  achievement, leadership, character and research ability.

The William L. Alworth Prizefor Biological Chemistry- This award is given annually to an outstanding graduating Biological Chemistry major.

The Department of Computer Science

The Award for Outstanding Service to Department of Computer Science

The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Harold E. Vokes Award-  outstanding academic record and contributions to undergraduate research.

The Reinhard A. Steinmayer Award

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The Fred R. Cagle Memorial Prize

The Gerald E. Gunning Memorial Award

The Zoology Prize

The Department of Mathematics

The Glendy Burke Medal in Mathematics

The Kappa Kappa Gamma Prize  in Mathematics

The Terry C. Lawson Prize in Mathematics

The Department of Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Faculty Award

The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

The Elsie Field Dupré Memorial Prizein Physics

Joseph J. Kyame Physics Award

The Department of Psychology

The Aaron Hartman Award in Psychology

The Anne M. McPherson Award in Psychology

The Arnold Gerall Prize for Neuroscience

The Barbara E. Moely Award for Psychology in the Public Interest

The Rosa Cahn Hartman Award in Psychology

The Faculty Memorial Award in Psychology

Newcomb-Tulane College Senior Honors Scholars

The distinction of senior  honors  scholar  is  bestowed  upon  the  one  student  (or,  occasionally,  students)  each  department  or  program  considers  to  be  their  very  best,  taking  into  account  the  quality of the student’s senior thesis, the student’s performance in courses, and the student’s other contributions to his or her field.

National Fellowships And Scholarships

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Critical Language Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
 

Public Service

The Leaders in Service Award- This award recognizes those students who have committed their Tulane University career  to  improving  the  community  around  them.  Whether  through  service-learning  courses,  internships,  student  leadership,  or  volunteerism,  these  students  have shown dedication to the city of New Orleans and beyond.

The Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Student Award
 

Student Athletes

The Newcomb-Tulane College Student Athlete Award- This award is given to graduating seniors who best combine success as an athlete with success in the classroom.

Newcomb-tulane College Dean’s Service Awards

Dean MacLaren recognizes the following graduating seniors who have shown exemplary leadership, scholarship, honor, service, and commitment to the college and the campus community.

Collegewide Awards

The Isoline Rodd Kendall and John Smith Kendall Award- This  award  is  given  annually  to  a  student  who  excels  in  both  academic  and  extracurricular  accomplishments.  This  award  alternates  yearly  between  male  and  female recipients.

The Edward Ambrose Bechtel Medal for Cocurricular Achievement- This  medal  is  awarded  to  the  senior  man  in  the  liberal  arts  and  sciences  who  has  made the most significant contributions to the extracurricular life of the college.

The William Wallace Peery Society- The  William  Wallace  Peery  Society  was  established  in  1964  by  Mrs.  Peery  in  memory  of  her  husband,  the  late  Dr.  Peery,  professor  of  English,  and  dean  of  the  College of Arts and Sciences from 1955 to 1964. Once restricted to senior men in the College of Arts and Sciences, later renamed Tulane College, the Peery Society is  now  selected  from  the  ranks  of  all  Newcomb-Tulane  College  undergraduates.  Membership  is  awarded  to  those  students  who  have  earned  among  the  highest  cumulative  grade  point  averages  over  the  course  of  their  undergraduate  careers,  and who have distinguished themselves academically through an honors thesis or equivalent accomplishment.

The William Wallace Peery Society- The  William  Wallace  Peery  Society  was  established  in  1964  by  Mrs.  Peery  in  memory  of  her  husband,  the  late  Dr.  Peery,  professor  of  English,  and  dean  of  the  College of Arts and Sciences from 1955 to 1964. Once restricted to senior men in the College of Arts and Sciences, later renamed Tulane College, the Peery Society is  now  selected  from  the  ranks  of  all  Newcomb-Tulane  College  undergraduates.  Membership  is  awarded  to  those  students  who  have  earned  among  the  highest  cumulative  grade  point  averages  over  the  course  of  their  undergraduate  careers,  and who have distinguished themselves academically through an honors thesis or equivalent accomplishment.

The William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence- This award is bestowed each year upon the member of the William Wallace Peery Society  who  has  achieved  the  most  distinguished  academic  record.  The  recipient  is  chosen  by  a  special  committee,  which  considers  each  candidate’s  grades  and  course  selections,  as  well  as  recommendations  submitted  by  faculty  members.  The  Peery  Medal  is  ultimately  awarded  to  the  student  who  best  exemplifies  Dr.  Peery’s  educational  philosophy,  which  stresses  breadth  and  depth  of  learning  and  encourages students to work at the level of their greatest capacity.