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.
The undergraduate program awards are presented during our annual Merit Awards Celebration. This year was our first in-person ceremony since spring 2019 (the 2020, 2021 and 2022 ceremonies were held virtually due to precautions surrounding COVID-19) and we were thrilled to be able to celebrate and honor our undergraduate student award winners in person.
2022-23 Undergraduate Program AwardS
Undergraduate Special Award Winners
Alexander Rose Memorial Award for Excellence for Creative Writing
WINNER: Maizie Vatsaas
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.
Beatrice Kanigel Prize for Language and Literature
WINNER: Brianna Cheesman
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.
Betty Tarpley Turner Award for English
WINNER: Chloe France
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.
Charles "Bob" Fisher Award for History
WINNER: Michael Paone
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.
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.
E. Halcott Turner Award
The E. Halcott Turner Award is presdented to the graduate of the Jurisprudence major with the highest grade point average. This award is presented by H. Mebane Turner, long-time presidentof UBalt, in memory of his father.
Undergraduate Outstanding Student Award Winners (by program)
Applied Information Technology: Nicklas Talbot
Arts Production and Management: Hannah Tenner
Digital Communication: David McLaughlin
English: Demetrius Jones
Environmental Sustainability: Caitlyn Miller
History: Michael Paone
Interdisciplinary Studies: Rashaad Johnson
Legal Studies: Samantha Cox
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics: Rory Rightmyer
Psychology: Andressa Viscone
Simulation and Game Design: Nicholas Silva
2022-2023 Graduate Program AwardS
*The 2022-23 graduate program award winners will be announced soon.
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.
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.