2014-2015 Senior Award Recipients

John Robinson Memorial Prize
Recipient: Emmy Williams
Founded in 1957 in memory of John Lee Robinson, Class of ’57, by his parents. Awarded to the senior in the Department of Religion who attains the highest departmental average.

Horton Davies Prize
Recipient: Isabelle Laurenzi
Inaugurated in 2006, this prize is awarded to the student who has done the most outstanding or original independent work in the history of Christianity/Western Religious Art & Literature.

Religion in the Americas
Recipient: Abigail Kelly
Established in 1996, this award is for the graduating senior who has done outstanding work in the subfield of the Religions in the Americas.
Thesis Title: “How Can I Keep from Singing?” Constructing a Quaker Lineage of Protest in Song between 1960 and 1980.
Advised by Eric Gregory

Religion & Literature
Recipient: Susannah Sharpless
Awarded to a student who has done the most outstanding or original independent work in the area of Religion and Literature.
Thesis Title: Jack Spicer’s Gnostic Poetics and the Crisis of Belief.
Advised by Jonathan Gold

Religion and Critical Thought
Recipient: Isabelle Laurenzi
Inaugurated in 1996, this prize is awarded annually to that student who has done the most outstanding or original independent work in the area of Religion and Critical Thought. Thesis Title: Covenant Reformed: Milton on Preserving the Goods of Marriage and Government.
Advised by Jeffrey Stout

Religion and the Arts
Recipient: Melody Edwards
Inaugurated in 2005, this prize honors a graduating senior in the Department of Religion for the excellence in independent work in the area of Religion and the Arts.
Thesis Title: Crafting Identities: A Relational Approach to the Material Culture of the Peace Mission Movement.
Advised by Naphtali Meshel

The Stephen Whelan ’68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought is an endowed university prize awarded by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. It is awarded to a senior whose thesis in the area of constitutional law or political thought is judged to be of superlative quality.
Co-Winner: Isabelle Laurenzi

The Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) awards the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Based Independent Work to the best thesis or junior paper which involves extensive research in a community setting and provides recommendations, new information and analysis, and/or other resources useful to the community.
Third Place: Lauren Hoffman

The Program in Judaic Studies will be awarding its annual Carolyn L. Drucker Senior Thesis Prize for the best thesis on a Jewish Studies topic (broadly defined).
Recipient: Anna Rubin