Prize Day was held on Saturday, May 13, in Memorial Chapel.
Students were honored for achievement in academics, research, service and governance.
Among the top awards given were the Josephine Daggett Prize to the senior for conduct and character (Krystal Edwards) and the Frank Bailey (1885) Prize, to the senior who has rendered the greatest service to the College in any field (Sharmeen Azher).
To read the citation presented to Edwards by President Stephen C. Ainlay, click here.
To read the citation presented to Azher, click here.
The complete list of winners:
William F. Allen (1895) Essay Prize – To a senior in any department for the best essay.
Ronald K. Amiraian (1980) Memorial Prize – To a student of modern languages who has performed with distinction on a Union term abroad.
Andrew W. Archibald (1872) Prize – To a senior earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with the highest scholastic standing.
Arnold I. Bittleman Memorial Prize – To a student who has studied drawing in the Visual Arts Department and whose work is outstanding.
Yi Ting Paung
Fletcher (1947) and Grace Blanchard Memorial Prize in Bioengineering – To a senior who has excelled in bioengineering.
Sang Won Choi
William H. Bloom, M.D. (1945) and Jonathan R. Bloom (1988) Poetry Prize – For the best poem or series of poems by an undergraduate.
David Brind (1982) Memorial Prize in English – To one or more outstanding senior students in English.
Robert Pinkham, Sidney Relyea
George H. Catlin (1867) Prize – To a graduating senior in liberal arts with the highest scholastic record and deemed most promising for graduate study and for eventual service in college teaching.
Hilda A. Colish Annual Prize in Sculpture – To a non-arts major for their achievement in sculpture.
Joseph D. Doty Prize – To a junior or senior who, in the judgment of the Department of History, has done work of outstanding merit.
Frankel Prize – To a student for outstanding achievement in a religion course.
Robert M. Fuller (1863) Sophomore Prize – To a sophomore who demonstrates outstanding work, ability, and promise in chemistry.
Robert M. Fuller (1863) Senior Prize – To a senior who demonstrates outstanding work, ability, and promise in chemistry.
Bruce M. Garber (1971) Prize – To a student who best exemplifies the qualities of personal integrity and humane concern for the future practice of medicine or dentistry.
General Electric Edison Mechanical Engineering Book Prize – To a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.
General Electric Edison Mechanical Engineering Leadership Prize – To a senior majoring in mechanical engineering who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.
General Electric Energy Steinmetz Award – To a senior in mechanical engineering who completes the best senior project.
Jacob Cetnar, Andrew Fontaine
Geology Faculty Prize – To a senior who contributes most to the Geology Department and social morale.
Lisa S. Gerhan (1994) Memorial Award – To a student who demonstrates academic excellence, a commitment to the field of psychology, and the potential for future contributions to the field.
Ashraf M. Ghaly Geo Research Prize – To a senior who completes the best research study and reports original results in any geo field (geotechnical, geoenvironmental, geoengineering, geoscience, or geospatial).
Celia Glaubach Prize – To a student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship in the area of religious studies.
Goodnow Neuroscience Endowed Prize – To a graduating neuroscience student who shows the most promise for success in graduate school and beyond.
Bailey Balouch, Katherine Maximov
Harry Guttman Endowed Prize – To an outstanding student of classics.
John S. Hadala (1928) Endowed Book Prize – To a senior majoring in mechanical engineering on the basis of academic, personal, and social achievement.
Hans Hainebach Memorial Prize in German Literature – To a sophomore or junior who has demonstrated particular promise as a student of German literature.
Hans Hainebach Memorial Prize in Judaica – To a student who has offered the best performance in the field of Judaica.
Sydney Paluch, Robert Pinkham
Hedda Hainebach Memorial Prize in Music and Theatre – To the best performer of classical music, to a student who has written the best short play, or to the best actor or actress.
Edward Everett Hale, Jr. Prize – For the best essay written by a sophomore or junior.
Oswald Heck (1924) - Irwin Steingut Prize – To a student who has consistently done the best work in political science.
Eugene W. Hellmich (1923) Memorial Prize – To a senior who demonstrates excellence in mathematics and is planning to teach math.
Victor Herbert Prize – To a student who shows the most promise of making a contribution to American music.
Elyse Clark, Mengjia Qi
Kurt W. Hillig (1975) Biochemistry Prize – To a senior who demonstrates outstanding work, ability and promise in biochemistry.
Charles B. Hurd Prize – To an outstanding student pursuing course work in physical chemistry.
Albert C. Ingham (1847) Prize – To a student in social sciences judged to have done the most outstanding piece of scholarly work.
Ingvar V. Ingvarsson Prize – To a senior in electrical engineering chosen for high scholarship.
John Iwanik Prize – To an outstanding Russian language student.
William B. Jaffe (1926) Art Award – For exceptional achievement by an art major, marked by excellence in the study of art history, independent scholarship, and interest in the work of the department.
The John H. Jenkins Award – Awarded for the best bibliography or bibliographical work published during the year, or for a bibliographical research project of significance while in process of preparation.
Thomas J. Judson (1966) Memorial Book Prize – To a sophomore who has shown academic excellence as well as sincere interest in the study of modern languages.
David S. Kaplan (1982) Memorial Prize – To a student applying for a term abroad, with preference to a major in political science.
Warner King (1906) Prize – To a senior in Engineering who has contributed most to the traditions and ideals of the College.
Ethel Kirchenbaum Memorial Prize – To a senior who possesses the best potential for furthering the ideals of the engineering profession.
Harold A. Larrabee Prize – To a student who has done the best work in philosophy during the year.
William E. Lasnik (1968) Prize – To a junior or senior premedical student on the basis of scholarship and character.
Anthony C. LaVecchia (1998) Memorial Award – To a student who demonstrates a keen interest and passion in journalism, especially with a focus in political journalism.
Stephen F. Leo, M.D. (1884) Prize – To a student on scholarship who attained the highest grades in the graduating class and who has been accepted into medical school.
Alice P. and Donald C. Loughry (1952) Prize in Computer Engineering – To a student completing the best senior project in computer engineering.
Alice P. and Donald C. Loughry (1952) Prize in Computer Science – To a student completing the best senior project in computer science.
Alice P. and Donald C. Loughry (1952) Prize in Electrical Engineering – To a student completing the best senior project in electrical engineering.
Edith Emilee MacCoy Prize – To a student who excels in botany.
Anna Doran, Ashley Rosa
John Lewis March Prize – To a senior who has shown increased interest and ability in psychology during the final two years of college.
Minerva Prize – To a female student whose work best combines the scholarly study of women or gender with activities that enhance the life of women on campus.
Antonia Batha, Brianna Gutierrez
Lewis Henry Morgan (1840) Prize – To an anthropology major who produces the best senior thesis.
R. E. Morgan Memorial Award – To a senior in computer engineering chosen for high scholarship.
Harold and Ellen Nagorsky Memorial Prize – Awarded to a junior premedical student who contributes the most to the Union College community through extracurricular activities.
Alvin F. Nitchman (1924) Prize – To the most promising senior who plans to attend law school, with special consideration given to seniors planning to attend Albany Law School, Mr. Nitchman’s alma mater.
Kathryn Evans, Brianna Seid
Ronald M. Obenzinger (1961) Prize – To a premedical student who is selected for high academic merit and personal worthiness.
Robert G. O'Neale (1878) Prize – To a senior with the highest standing in classics.
Hans Pasch Memorial Prize – Awarded for the best essay written about the Holocaust.
Elias Peissner Prize – To an economics major who has done work of outstanding merit.
President’s Commission on the Status of Women Senior Scholarly Activity Award – To a senior who displays outstanding scholarly activity in her field.
President’s Commission on the Status of Women Senior Thesis Prize – To a senior whose senior thesis makes the greatest contribution to scholarship on women.
Daniel F. Pullman Classical Prize – To a senior of high scholastic standing in humanities.
Daniel F. Pullman Engineering Prize – To a senior of high scholastic standing in engineering.
Rennes Lecteur/Lectrice Prize – To a senior planning to serve as a lecturer or lectrice pursuant to Union College’s teacher exchange program in Rennes, France.
Astrid Vargas Hernandez
Martin Terry Resch Prize – To a senior who shows the greatest promise for advanced study in pure or applied mathematics.
Mrs. Edwin L. Rich Prize – To a student majoring in English who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship.
Charles Alexander Richmond Prize in Music – To a student who demonstrates excellence in music.
Maria Van Nostrand
Charles Alexander Richmond Prize in Fine Arts – To a student who demonstrates excellence in fine arts or art history.
Mark Rosenthal (1976) Memorial Prize – To a senior involved in community activities who is planning to attend medical school.
Rotary Foundation Endowed Prize for International Study – To a senior who shows the greatest promise and interest in an area of international relations, with preference to a student from Schenectady County.
Robert L. Royal (1938) Award – To a student on scholarship who has been accepted into Albany Medical College.
Mortimore F. Sayre Prize – To a senior with the best potential for furthering the ideals of the mechanical engineering profession.
Daniel Shocket (1972) Memorial Award – To a student majoring in English with a strong interest in creative writing.
Aime Simon (1991) Term Abroad Prize – To a student of high academic standing and promise with strong interest in French studies, who contributes to the college community, and who has been accepted to participate in a term abroad program in a French-speaking country.
Edward S.C. Smith Geology Prize – To a senior majoring in geology who demonstrates high professional potential.
Freling H. Smith (1865) Prize – To a history major with the best senior thesis.
Dr. Reuben Sorkin (1933) Award for Proficiency in Premedical Studies – To a senior demonstrating proficiency in undergraduate studies with an outstanding aptitude for continuing work leading to a degree in medicine.
Ralph W. Stearns (1907) Prize – To an outstanding student in electrical or computer engineering.
Milton Hymes Sternfeld (1916) Prize – For the best original essay in philosophy by a member of the senior class.
Roger Thayer Stone (1928) Prize – To a sociology major who produces the best senior thesis.
Christopher Di Capua, Marley Weig-Pickering
William W. Thomas Award in French and Francophone Studies – To a senior who has excelled in and contributed most to French and Francophone Studies on the basis of academic, personal and extracurricular achievement.
Charles M. Tidmarch Prize – To a senior political science student who has written the best senior thesis.
Professor Frank Titus Memorial Prize in Physics – To a senior who demonstrates outstanding work, ability, and promise in Physics and/or Astronomy.
James Henry Turnbull (1929) Prize – To an outstanding sophomore in physics.
Wessel Ten Broeck Van Orden (1839) Prize – To a first-year student excelling in English composition.
Horatio G. Warner (1826) Prize – To a student of high personal character who has the highest scholastic standing in the Bachelor of Arts program.
Mildred Wilder Prize – To a senior majoring in political science who has written the best piece of scholarly work on women and politics.
George H. Williams Prize – To a graduating senior for excellence in computer science.
Lee and William Wrubel Memorial Prize – To a senior preparing for dentistry or medicine, based on both academic achievement and character.
Eugene I. Yudis (1955) Prize – To a student who has produced the best piece of prose fiction.
Alan Lake Chidsey (1925) Citizenship Award – To a senior for distinctive contributions to the advancement of responsible government in student affairs.
Class of 2001 Prize – To two juniors, on the basis of academic, personal and social achievements and their contributions to Union.
Angelica Rivera, Samantha St. Marie
Joel A. Halpern (1961) Prize – To a student who has made a commitment in service to the local community.
Sarah Ellerthorpe, Kathryn Evans
Albert Hill Recognition Award – To a senior who has held leadership positions and demonstrated exceptional commitment to enhancing the College community.
Roger H. Hull Community Service Award – To a senior who has rendered the greatest sustained service to the greater Schenectady community by initiating or being actively engaged in an ongoing community service project.
President’s Commission on the Status of Women Community Service Award – To a student who has contributed significantly to furthering the cause of women at Union.
Angelica DeDona, Christie Dionisos, Dalila Haden, Gillian Singer
Calvin G. Schmidt (1951) Prize – To a junior who has contributed most to the betterment of student life on campus.
J. Richard Shanebrook Prize – To a student who has contributed the most to the betterment of religious life on campus.
Frances Travis Award – To a student who is working his or her way through college and who demonstrated unusual responsibility and self-reliance.
UNITAS Community-Building Award – To a student, administrator, staff or faculty member who best demonstrates leadership in bringing together the campus community for purposes such as community service, fundraising or celebration of College history.
UNITAS Diversity Leadership Award – To a student who has made a significant contribution toward fostering diversity on campus.
Krystal Edwards, Cassandra Padilla
College Distinction Awards
Josephine Daggett Prize – To a senior of the best conduct and character.
Frank Bailey (1885) Prize – To a senior who has rendered the greatest service to the College in any field.