2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Awards and Prizes

The following awards, fellowships, scholarships, and prizes are awarded by the faculty and are given solely on the basis of academic distinction and achievement.

The Academy of American Poets Prize, awarded in memory of Marie Bullock, the Academy’s founder and president, is given each year to the student who submits to the Department of English the best poem or group of poems. (1957)

The Seymour Adelman Book Collector’s Award is given each year to a student for a collection on any subject, single author or group of authors, which may include manuscripts and graphics. (1980)

The Seymour Adelman Poetry Award was established by Daniel and Joanna Semel Rose ’52, to provide an award in honor of Seymour Adelman. The award is designed to stimulate further interest in poetry at Bryn Mawr. Any member of the Bryn Mawr community—undergraduate or graduate student, staff or faculty member—is eligible for consideration. The grant may be awarded to fund research in the history or analysis of a poet or poem, to encourage the study of poetry in interdisciplinary contexts, to support the writing of poetry or to recognize a particularly important piece of poetic writing. (1985)

The Horace Alwyne Prize was established by the Friends of Music of Bryn Mawr College in honor of Horace Alwyne, Professor Emeritus of Music. The award is presented annually to the student who has contributed the most to the musical life of the College. (1970)

The Areté Fellowship Fund was established by Doreen Canaday Spitzer ’31. The fund supports graduate students in the Departments of Greek, Latin and Classical Studies, History of Art, and Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. (2003)

The Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize was established by a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Levin Swiggett. This prize is to be awarded by a committee of the faculty on the basis of the work submitted. (1958)

The Berle Memorial Prize Fund in German Literature was established by Lillian Berle Dare in memory of her parents, Adam and Katharina Berle. The prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate for excellence in German literature. Preference is given to a senior who is majoring in German and who does not come from a German background. (1975)

The Bolton Prize was established by the Bolton Foundation as an award for students majoring in the Growth and Structure of Cities. (1985)

The Bryn Mawr European Fellowship has been awarded each year since the first class graduated in 1889. It is given for merit to a member of the graduating class, to be applied toward the expenses of one year’s study at a university in the United States or abroad. The European Fellowship continues to be funded by a bequest from Elizabeth S. Shippen.

The Commonwealth Africa Scholarship was established by a grant from the Thorncroft Fund Inc. at the request of Helen and Geoffrey de Freitas. The scholarship is used to send a graduate to a university or college in Commonwealth Africa, to teach or to study, with a view to contributing to mutual understanding and the furtherance of scholarship. In 1994, the description of the scholarship was changed to include support for current undergraduates. (1965)

The Hester Ann Corner Prize for distinction in literature was established in memory of Hester Ann Corner ’42, by gifts from her family, classmates, and friends. The award is made to a junior or senior on the recommendation of a committee composed of the chairs of the Departments of English and of Classical and Modern Foreign Languages. (1950)

The Katherine Fullerton Gerould Memorial Prize was founded by a gift from a group of alumnae, many of whom were students of Mrs. Gerould when she taught at Bryn Mawr from 1901 to 1910. It is awarded to a student who shows evidence of creative ability in the fields of informal essay, short story and longer narrative or verse. (1946)

The Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Fund for Scholarships in American History was founded by a gift from the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in memory of Elizabeth Duane Gillespie. Two prizes are awarded annually on nomination by the Department of History, one to a member of the sophomore or junior class for work of distinction in American history, a second to a senior doing advanced work in American history for an essay written in connection with that work. The income from this fund has been supplemented since 1955 by annual gifts from the society. (1903)

The Maria L. Eastman Brooke Hall Memorial Scholarship was founded in memory of Maria L. Eastman, principal of Brooke Hall School for Girls, Media, Pennsylvania, by gifts from the alumnae of the school. It is awarded annually to the member of the junior class with the highest general average and is held during the senior year. Transfer students who enter Bryn Mawr as members of the junior class are not eligible for this award. (1901)

The Charles S. Hinchman Memorial Scholarship was founded in the memory of the late Charles S. Hinchman of Philadelphia by a gift made by his family. It is awarded annually to a member of the junior class for work of special excellence in her major subject(s) and is held during the senior year. (1921)

The Sarah Stifler Jesup Fund was established in memory of Sarah Stifler Jesup ’56, by gifts from New York alumnae, as well as family and friends. The income is to be awarded annually to one or more undergraduate students to further a special interest, project or career goal during term time or vacation. (1978)

The Pauline Jones Prize was established by friends, students and colleagues of Pauline Jones ’35. The prize is awarded to the student writing the best essay in French, preferably on poetry. (1985)

The Anna Lerah Keys Memorial Prize was established by friends and relatives in memory of Anna Lerah Keys ’79. The prize is awarded to an undergraduate majoring in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. (1984)

The Sheelah Kilroy Memorial Scholarship in English was founded in memory of their daughter Sheelah by Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Kilroy. This prize is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of English to a student for excellence of work in an English course. (1919)

The Richmond Lattimore Prize for Poetic Translation was established in honor of Richmond Lattimore, Professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr and distinguished translator of poetry. The prize is awarded for the best poetic translation submitted to a committee composed of the chairs of the Departments of Classical and Modern Languages. (1984)

The Helen Taft Manning Essay Prize in History was established in honor of Helen Taft Manning ’15, in the year of her retirement, by her class. The prize is awarded to a senior in the Department of History for work of special excellence in the field. (1957)

The McPherson Fund for Excellence was established through the generous response of alumnae/i, friends, and faculty and staff members of the College to an appeal issued in the fall of 1996. The fund honors the achievements of President Emeritus Mary Patterson McPherson. Three graduating seniors are named McPherson Fellows in recognition of their academic distinction and community service accomplishments. The fund provides support for an internship or other special project.

The Nadia Anne Mirel Memorial Fund was established by the family and friends of Nadia Anne Mirel ’85. The fund supports the research or travel of students undertaking imaginative projects in the following areas: children’s educational television, and educational film and video. (1986)

The Martha Barber Montgomery Fund was established by Martha Barber Montgomery ’49, her family and friends to enable students majoring in the humanities, with preference to those studying philosophy and/or history, to undertake special projects. The fund may be used, for example, to support student research and travel needs, or an internship in a nonprofit or research setting. (1993)

The Elinor Nahm Prizes in Italian are awarded for excellence in the study of Italian at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. (1991)

The Elinor Nahm Prizes in Russian are awarded for excellence in the study of Russian language and linguistics and of Russian literature and culture. (1991)

The Milton C. Nahm Prize in Philosophy is awarded to the senior Philosophy major whose thesis is judged most outstanding. (1991)

The Elisabeth Packard Art and Archaeology Internship Fund was established by Elisabeth Packard ’29 to provide stipend and travel support to enable students majoring in History of Art or Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology to hold museum internships, conduct research or participate in archaeological digs. (1993)

The Alexandra Peschka Prize was established in memory of Alexandra Peschka ’64 by gifts from her family and friends. The prize is awarded annually to a member of the first-year or sophomore class and writer of the best piece of imaginative writing in prose. (1969)

The Jeanne Quistgaard Memorial Prize was given by the Class of 1938 in memory of their classmate, Jeanne Quistgaard. The income from this fund may be awarded annually to a student in Economics. (1938)

The Laura Estabrook Romine ’39 Fellowship in Economics was established by a gift from David E. Romine, to fulfill the wish of his late brother, John Ransel Romine III, to establish a fund in honor of their mother, Laura Estabrook Romine ’39. The fellowship is given annually to a graduating senior or alumna, regardless of undergraduate major, who has received admission to a graduate program in Economics. (1996)

The Barbara Rubin Award Fund was established by the Amicus Foundation in memory of Barbara Rubin ’47. The fund provides summer support for students undertaking internships in nonprofit or research settings appropriate to their career goals, or study abroad. (1989)

The Gail Ann Schweiter Prize Fund was established in memory of Gail Ann Schweiter ’79 by her family. The prize is to be awarded to a science or Mathematics major in her junior or senior year who has shown excellence both in her major field and in musical performance. (1993)

The Charlotte Angas Scott Prize in Mathematics is awarded annually to an undergraduate on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics. It was established by an anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Angas Scott, Professor of Mathematics 1885 to 1924. (1960)

The Elizabeth S. Shippen Scholarship in Foreign Language was founded under the will of Elizabeth S. Shippen of Philadelphia. It is awarded to a junior whose major is in French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian or Spanish for excellence in the study of foreign languages. (1915)

The Elizabeth S. Shippen Scholarship in Science was foundedunder the will of Elizabeth S. Shippen of Philadelphia and is awarded to a junior whose major is in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics for excellence in the study of sciences. (1915)

The Gertrude Slaughter Fellowship was established by a bequest of Gertrude Taylor Slaughter, Class of 1893. The fellowship is to be awarded to a member of the graduating class for excellence in scholarship to be used for a year’s study in the United States or abroad. (1964)

The Ariadne Solter Fund was established in memory of Ariadne Solter ’91 by gifts from family and friends to provide an annual award to a Bryn Mawr or Haverford undergraduate working on a project concerning development in a third world country or the United States. (1989)

The Katherine Stains Prize Fund in Classical Literature was established by Katherine Stains in memory of her parents, Arthur and Katheryn Stains, and in honor of two excellent 20th-century scholars of classical literature, Richmond Lattimore and Moses Hadas. The income from the fund is to be awarded annually as a prize to an undergraduate student for excellence in Greek literature, either in the original or in translation. (1969)

The M. Carey Thomas Essay Prize is awarded annually to a member of the senior class for distinction in writing. The award is made by the Department of English for either creative or critical writing. It was established in memory of Miss Thomas by her niece, Millicent Carey McIntosh ’20. (1943)

The Emma Osborn Thompson Prize in Geology was established by a bequest of Emma Osborn Thompson ’04. From the income of the bequest, a prize is to be awarded from time to time to a student in Geology. (1963)

The Laura van Straaten Fund was established by Thomas van Straaten and his daughter, Laura van Straaten ’90, in honor of Laura’s graduation. The fund supports a summer internship for a student working to advance the causes of civil rights, women’s rights or reproductive rights. (1990)

The Esther Walker Award was founded by a bequest from William John Walker in memory of his sister, Esther Walker ’10. It is given from time to time to support the study of living conditions of northern African Americans. (1940)

The Anna Pell Wheeler Prize in Mathematics is awarded annually to an undergraduate on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics. It was established by an anonymous gift in honor of Anna Pell Wheeler, Professor of Mathematics from 1918 until her death in 1966. (1960)

The Thomas Raeburn White Scholarships were established by Amos and Dorothy Peaslee in honor of Thomas Raeburn White, Trustee of the College from 1907 until his death in 1959, counsel to the College throughout these years, and President of the Trustees from 1956 to 1959. The income from the fund is to be used for prizes to undergraduate students who plan to study foreign languages abroad during the summer under the auspices of an approved program. (1964)

The Anne Kirschbaum Winkelman Prize, established by the children of Anne Kirschbaum Winkelman ’48, is awarded annually to the student judged to have submitted the most outstanding short story. (1987)