Rewarding excellence, supporting scholarship.
Each year, each of the undergraduate academic programs within the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding students who exhibit academic excellence and embody the spirit, energy and core values that are central to our mission.
In addition, some of the graduate programs have special awards in recognition of exemplary work.
This year, in lieu of the Merit Awards Ceremony that we usually have on campus in the spring to celebrate and honor our undergraduate student award winners, we had a virtual celebration.
2020-2021 Virtual Merit Awards Ceremony
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Award Winners
Undergraduate Special Award Winners
Alexander Rose Memorial Award for Excellence for Creative Writing
The Alexander Rose Memorial Award recognizes a graduating English major in the Creative Writing specialization whose creative work and contributions to the program have been recognized as outstanding by the faculty. The award carries a cash prize of $500.
WINNER: Adrearna Fleet
Beatrice Kanigel Prize for Language and Literature
Endowed by Robert Kanigel in memory of his mother, Beatrice Kanigel, the Beatrice Kanigel Prize for Language and Literature recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student with outstanding promise for or achievement in language and literature. The winner receives a $300 cash prize, and two honorable mentions receive $25 each.
WINNER: Timothy Huber
Betty Tarpley Turner Award for English
The Betty Tarpley Turner Award is presented annually to the graduating English major with the highest grade point average. The award is given by H. Mebane Turner, long-time University of Baltimore president, in honor of his mother who was an avid fan of literature. The award carries a cash prize of $1,000.
WINNER: Zechariah Tate
Charles "Bob" Fisher Award for History
The Charles R. Fisher Award is given to commemorate Professor Bob Fisher, whose avid interest in history created a loyal following among UBalt history students. The Fisher Award is given to an outstanding history student who showed special engagement with the program. The award carries a cash prize $200.
WINNER: Samuel Shear
The Donahoo Award is given in memory of Professor Bill Donahoo, long-time member of the Department of History and Philosophy, to a graduating senior in history who is planning to pursue a career in teaching. The award carries a cash prize of $200.
WINNER: Kyle Miller
E. Halcott Turner Award for Jurisprudence
The E. Halcott Turner Award recognizes the student graduating from the undergraduate Jurisprudence program who has graduated or will be graduating with the highest grade point average. The award carries a cash prize of $1,000.
WINNER: Rachel Johnson
Undergraduate Outstanding Student Award Winners (by program)
Applied Information Technology: Michael Vandi
Digital Communication: Melissa Baley
English: Trenea House
Environmental Sustainability: Douglass Summers
History: Taylor Vivanco
Integrated Arts: Lauren Collins
Interdisciplinary Studies: Chana Goldberg
Jurisprudence: Ashlyn Woods
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics: Daniel Gellasch
Psychology: Karen Akin
Psychology (Special Commendation for Community Engagement): Cesia Calero
Simulation and Game Design: Nicole Jansen
Graduate Program Award Winners
The Ampersand Award honors the graduate student whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the M.A. in Integrated Design program: exceptional achievement in both writing and design. The award is granted by the Randolph Avery Fund.
Award for Excellence in Design
The Award for Excellence in Design is given each year in recognition of the M.A. in Integrated Design student who produces a visually compelling portfolio.
Erin Kvedar Memorial Seminar Award
An outside panel of judges awards the Erin Kvedar Memorial Seminar Award each year to a team of students completing the capstone course in the M.A. in Integrated Design program. For the third year in a row, student teams supported emerging businesses from UBalt’s Center For Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
WINNER: Crate Craft & Co. led by the design team of Jasmine Loyal, Richard Neal and Nett Smith
The Plork Award honors a graduate student whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program, exhibiting extraordinary creativity, originality and imagination in the integration of creative writing and book design. Read more about the 2021 winners.
CO-WINNERS: Rasha Alkhateeb and Aaron Tucker
Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship Fellows
Through this fellowship program, students have the opportunity to participate in scholarship (research or a creative activity) in partnership with faculty mentors, allowing Fellows to gain valuable learning experiences through participation in the major phases of research and creative activity projects.
To qualify, you must have earned at least 60 credit hours and at least a 3.0 grade point average in your major prior to the summer semester.
- If selected, you'll work a minimum of 25 hours per week for eight weeks during the summer, assisting faculty on research or creative projects.
- Collaborative teams of students and faculty will present their projects at local, regional, national academic conferences or publish the results in a professional journal.
- Students from all disciplines are invited to submit an application, which must be endorsed by your faculty mentor. A faculty committee reviews the proposals and recommends awards to the dean.