Prize Day was held on Saturday, May 9.
The disruptions caused by COVID-19 shifted this year's ceremony online. The campus community gathered virtually to watch as 116 prizes were awarded to honor students 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 (Harjot Uppal) and the Frank Bailey (1885) Prize, to the senior who has rendered the greatest service to the College in any field (Samuel Fogarty).
Presenters included President David R. Harris; Strom Thacker, the Stephen J. and Diane K. Ciesinski Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Fran’Cee Brown-McClure, vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students; and Simon Bohn ’20, president of Student Forum.
The event also featured musical performances by the Union College Chorale and the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir.
The complete list of winners:
William F. Allen (1895) Essay Prize – To the 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 the senior earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with the highest scholastic standing.
Ngoc Minh Le
Arnold I. Bittleman Memorial Prize – To a student who has studied drawing in the Visual Arts Department and whose work is outstanding.
Fletcher (1947) and Grace Blanchard Memorial Prize in Bioengineering – To a senior who has excelled in bioengineering.
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.
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.
Joseph D. Doty Prize – To the junior or senior who, in the judgment of the Department of History, has done work of outstanding merit
Kerrie Droban (1987) Award for Writing Excellence – To a student who has demonstrated excellence in writing.
Sarah A. Foster (2014) Memorial Prize – To a senior(s) who demonstrates academic excellence in history and who plans to become a teacher.
Frankel Prize – To a student for outstanding achievement in a religion course.
Robert M. Fuller (1863) Sophomore Prize – To the sophomore who demonstrates outstanding work, ability, and promise in chemistry.
Lukas Baker, Amber Birt
Robert M. Fuller (1863) Senior Prize – To the senior who demonstrates outstanding work, ability, and promise in chemistry.
Bruce M. Garber (1971) Prize – To the 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.
Zineb Hajjaj, Mark Harris Solomon
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..
Meichai Chen, Samuel Fogarty
Ashraf M. Ghaly Geo Research Prize – To the senior who completes the best research study and reports original results in any geo field (geotechnical, geoenvironmental, geoengineering, geoscience, or geospatial).
Peter Keane, Aidan Quigley
Celia Glaubach Prize – To the student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship in the area of religious studies.
Goodnow Neuroscience Endowed Prize – Awarded annually to the graduating neuroscience student who shows the most promise for success in graduate school and beyond.
Annika Eberle, Julia Waszak
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.
David Hillman, Garyfallia Ralli
Hans Hainebach Memorial Prize in Judaica – To a student who has offered the best performance in the field of Judaica.
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 the 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.
Kurt W. Hillig (1975) Biochemistry Prize – To the senior who demonstrates outstanding work, ability and promise in biochemistry.
Julian B. Hoffman, M.D. Memorial Award – To the student, preferably premedical, for distinguished interest, devotion, and contribution to the arts or intellectual climate at Union College.
Charles B. Hurd Prize – To an outstanding student pursuing coursework in physical chemistry.
Albert C. Ingham (1847) Prize – To the 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.
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 the senior in Engineering who has contributed most to the traditions and ideals of the College.
Ethel Kirchenbaum Memorial Prize – To the senior who possesses the best potential for furthering the ideals of the engineering profession.
Harold A. Larrabee Prize – To the student who has done the best work in philosophy during the year.
Victoria Dema, Harper Lyon
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 the 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 the student completing the best senior project in computer engineering.
Jacob Karaul, Xavier Quinn
Alice P. and Donald C. Loughry (1952) Prize in Computer Science – To the student completing the best senior project in computer science.
Alice P. and Donald C. Loughry (1952) Prize in Electrical Engineering – To the student completing the best senior project in electrical engineering.
Dale Coker, Kyle Meza
Edith Emilee MacCoy Prize – To the student who excels in botany.
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.
Lewis Henry Morgan (1840) Prize – To the 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.
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 the senior with the highest standing in classics.
Hans Pasch Memorial Prize – Awarded for the best essay written about the Holocaust.
Isabela Albuja, Carolina Missura,
Elias Peissner Prize – To an economics major who has done work of outstanding merit.
Ngoc Minh Le
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.
Martin Terry Resch Prize – To the senior who shows the greatest promise for advanced study in pure or applied mathematics.
Meichai Chen, Zachary Porat, Mushan Zhong
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.
Charles Alexander Richmond Prize in Fine Arts – To a student who demonstrates excellence in fine arts or art history.
Hein Htet Aung
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 the 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 the senior with the best potential for furthering the ideals of the mechanical engineering profession.
Edward S.C. Smith Geology Prize – To a senior majoring in geology who demonstrates high professional potential.
Jaclyn Gehring, Alaina Chormann
Freling H. Smith (1865) Prize – To the 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.
Arnold Moore, James Segee-Wright
Roger Thayer Stone (1928) Prize – To the sociology major who produces the best senior thesis.
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.
Joel D. Ticknor (1960) Prize – To the graduating senior who has demonstrated a capacity for long term thinking and who plans to use his/her career to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Charles M. Tidmarch Prize – To the senior political science student who has written the best senior thesis.
Professor Frank Titus Memorial Prize in Physics – To the senior who demonstrates outstanding work, ability, and promise in physics and/or astronomy.
James Henry Turnbull (1929) Prize – To the outstanding sophomore in physics.
Wessel Ten Broeck Van Orden (1839) Prize – To a first-year student excelling in English composition.
Edward Villella, L.H.D. 1991 Prize – To a student for the best dance performance.
Isabella Demyan, Mary Melo
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 the 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.
The Lee, William, Dr. Norman ‘43 and Dr. George ‘53 Wrubel Memorial Prize – To a senior preparing for dentistry or medicine, based on both academic achievement and character.
Eugene I. Yudis (1955) Prize – To the student who has produced the best piece of prose fiction.
Frank Caccioppoli, Josephine Sasso
Alan Lake Chidsey (1925) Citizenship Award – To a senior for distinctive contributions to the advancement of responsible government in student affairs.
Joel A. Halpern (1961) Prize – To a student who has made a commitment in service to the local community.
Albert Hill Recognition Award – To the senior who has held leadership positions and demonstrated exceptional commitment to enhancing the College community.
Roger H. Hull Community Service Award – To the 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.
Calvin G. Schmidt (1951) Prize – To the member of the junior class 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 Diversity Leadership Award – To the student who has made a significant contribution toward fostering diversity on campus.
College Distinction Awards
Josephine Daggett Prize – To a senior of the best conduct and character.
Frank Bailey (1885) Prize – To the senior who has rendered the greatest service to the College in any field.