Academic Honors, Prizes, and Fellowships
During each academic term, students who have earned a minimum GPA of 3.6 or better in 12 or more points of letter credit in the preceding term are placed on the Dean’s List.
The grade P is considered neutral when the averages are figured, and the dividing factor is reduced by the number of points taken for Pass credit. Students who have received grades of D, F, W (or UW pre-Spring 2014) during the term are not eligible for consideration. In any given semester, the mark of YC (year course) precludes the attainment of Dean's List status until the grade for the entire year's coursework is awarded. Students who receive the grade of IN (incomplete), approved in advance by the Committee on Academic Standing, are eligible for Dean’s List only after all IN grades are changed to letter grades. Students who have been found responsible by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for a violation of academic integrity will not be eligible for the Dean’s List during the term of the sanction.
The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded with honors in three categories (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) to no more than 25% of the graduating class, with no more than 5% summa cum laude, and the total of summa and magna cum laude not exceeding 15%.
College honors is the highest academic recognition awarded by the College. The Committee on Honors, Awards, and Prizes reviews the academic records of the top 35% of the graduating class. Selection is based not on GPA alone, but on the breadth, depth, and rigor of academic program, high quality of academic achievement, departmental recommendations, and outstanding academic work beyond that which is required for the degree. Students may not apply for honors nor may they solicit faculty for recommendations.
There is no separate consideration of honors for October or February graduates. Each spring, the Committee on Honors, Awards, and Prizes considers the October and February graduates along with those who are degree candidates for May. The report of those graduating with honors is in the May Class Day program. The honor is noted on the diploma and transcript. October and February graduates may ask the Registrar to add an honors notation to an already issued diploma.
The Committee on Honors, Awards, and Prizes considers both academic standing and disciplinary standing within the College when awarding College honors.
The Committee on Honors, Awards, and Prizes reviews the academic records of the most exceptional students nominated by the faculty for Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Selection is based not on GPA alone, but on the breadth, depth, rigor of academic program, high quality of academic achievement, departmental recommendations, and outstanding academic work beyond that which is required for the degree.
The Committee on Honors, Awards, and Prizes considers both academic standing and disciplinary standing within the College when awarding Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
Departmental honors may be established and awarded by any Columbia College department or academic program, and is recorded on a student’s final transcript. Students should consult with their director of undergraduate studies no later than the beginning of the first term of their senior year if they wish to be considered for departmental honors. Students who are awarded departmental honors are notified by their department in mid-May. Not all departments and programs offer departmental honors.
College guidelines for departmental honors include the following four criteria:
Departmental honors are awarded to no more than 10%, or, in small departments, one member, of the graduating majors (including all October, February, and May degrees);
A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 in major courses is expected for a student to be considered for departmental honors;
An honors thesis or equivalent project of high quality should be required by each department or academic program in order to receive departmental honors;
Academic departments and programs consider both academic standing and disciplinary standing within the College when awarding departmental honors.
This academic society was founded in 1776 to recognize and celebrate friendship, morality, and learning. The Columbia College Delta chapter was formed in 1869. Each year, 10% of the senior class are inducted into Phi Beta Kappa by faculty who are members of the society. Two percent are elected in November and the other eight percent are elected in the spring. Selection is based not only on academic achievement, but also on evidence of intellectual promise, character, and achievement outside the classroom. Academic achievement is measured by strength and rigor of program, as well as by grades and faculty recommendations. Students may not apply for Phi Beta Kappa nor may they solicit faculty for recommendations.
As with graduation honors, October and February graduates are considered along with May graduates. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is noted on a student’s transcript.
The faculty Phi Beta Kappa selection committee considers both academic standing and disciplinary standing within the College when electing new members to the society.
While prizes are typically awarded annually, they are done so at the discretion of the respective selection committees. Hence, should a selection committee decide, in a particular year, that there are no suitable candidates; the prize will not be awarded. Unless otherwise noted, these prizes are awarded to Columbia College students only.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
(1947) A trophy, in the form of a Columbia lion, awarded annually to the member of the senior class who is judged to be most outstanding for qualities of mind, character, and service to the College.
(1858) Awarded annually by the Alumni Association to the senior judged by classmates to be the most faithful and deserving.
CHARLES H. BJORKWALL PRIZE
(1937) Established by Ottle Emma Bjorkwall in memory of her brother, Dr. Charles H. Bjorkwall. Awarded annually to a member of the senior class for unselfish service to the College community.
EDWARD SUTLIFF BRAINARD MEMORIAL PRIZE
(1920) Established by Miss Phebe Sutliff in memory of her nephew, Edward Brainard Sutliff, CC‘21. Awarded annually to the member of the graduating class who is judged by classmates to be most worthy of distinction for qualities of mind and character.
JAMES CHRISTOPHER CARALEY MEMORIAL PRIZE
(1984) Established in memory of James Christopher Caraley, 1959–1979, CC‘81, by his family and friends. Awarded annually to that member of the junior class who has demonstrated the greatest commitment to the value of preservation of the natural environment or of world peace and order.
ROBERT LINCOLN CAREY MEMORIAL PRIZE
(1967) A trophy, in the form of a lion, awarded annually by the Alumni Association to the senior who, through a combination of leadership qualities as exercised in the non-athletic extracurricular program of Columbia College and outstanding achievement in the academic program of the College, best exemplifies the ideals that Robert Lincoln Carey sought to engender in the students of Columbia College.
STANLEY I. FISHEL/ZETA BETA TAU PRIZE
Established in honor of Stanley I. Fishel, CC‘34, who was president of ZBT while at Columbia and later national president, and who believed in the important role fraternities can play in the development of undergraduates. Awarded to an undergraduate fraternity member who has demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, and participation in athletics or other campus activities.
RICHARD H. FOX MEMORIAL PRIZE
(1927) Established by Mr. and Mrs. Leon S. Fox in memory of their son, Richard H. Fox, CC‘21. Awarded to the senior who, in the judgment of the King’s Crown Advisory Committee, has shown to the College the greatest interest and helpfulness. The student must have participated in some nonathletic activities and must be one who combines intelligence with a kindly interest in his or her fellows.
ROBERT SHELLOW GERDY PRIZE
(1969) Established by Mr. and Mrs. Irving Gerdy in memory of their son, Robert Shellow Gerdy, CC‘39. Awarded to that member of the graduating class who, throughout the undergraduate years, has made a significant contribution as a member of the staff of one or more College student publications, especially Jester, Columbia Review, and Spectator.
ROBERT HARRON AWARD
(1972) Established by his friends in memory of Robert Harron. Awarded annually to a member of the junior class for qualities of grace and generosity.
KING’S CROWN AWARD
(1916) Gold and silver insignia in the form of King’s Crowns, each distinguished by a device symbolic of a particular activity, awarded annually by the King’s Crown Advisory Committee in recognition of significant participation in any activity under its jurisdiction. Conferred each spring on the basis of written nominations solicited from the governing board of each eligible organization.
(1948) Established by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Milch. Awarded annually to the member of the junior class who, by leadership in extracurricular as well as scholastic activities, has, in the judgment of teachers and classmates, done the most to enhance the reputation of Columbia College.
LEONARD A. PULLMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE
(1965) A certificate and the inscription of the student’s name on a plaque in Alfred Lerner Hall, awarded annually to a member of the senior class who displays those qualities of outstanding scholarship and significant service to the College exemplified in the life of Leonard Pullman, CC‘62. The recipient must occupy a position of responsibility in a nonathletic Columbia College activity.
CHARLES M. ROLKER, JR. PRIZE
(1909) Established by Mrs. C. M. Rolker in memory of her son, Charles M. Rolker, Jr., CC 1907. Awarded annually to the member of the graduating class who is judged by classmates to be most worthy of special distinction because of scholarship, participation in student activities, or in any combination thereof.
VAN AM PRIZE
(1925) Established by the Class of 1898 on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary. Awarded to the member of the sophomore class who is most distinguished for service, character, and courtesy in relations with faculty members, fellow students, and visitors. A donation is presented to the student activity of the winner’s choice.
General Academic Prizes
ALBERT ASHER GREEN MEMORIAL PRIZE
(1913) Established by Mr. and Mrs. Asher Green in memory of their son, Albert Asher Green, CC 1914. Awarded to the senior who has been a student in good standing in the College for at least three years and who has made the best record of scholarship.
DAVID B. TRUMAN ALUMNI AWARD
(1970) Established in honor of David B. Truman, former Dean of the College. A lion trophy donated annually by the Alumni Association to the Columbia College student who has made the most distinguished contribution to the academic affairs of the College.
Prizes in the Core Curriculum
JOSHUA A. FEIGENBAUM PRIZE IN LITERATURE HUMANITIES
(2004) Established by Joshua Feigenbaum and awarded to a student who is judged by the faculty to have exhibited excellence in Literature Humanities.
WALLACE A. GRAY PRIZE IN LITERATURE HUMANITIES
(2004) Established in memory of the late Professor Wallace Gray and awarded annually to the Columbia College undergraduate who is judged by the faculty to have written the best essay in Literature Humanities.
DEAN HAWKES MEMORIAL PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES
(1943) Established by a committee of the Class of 1943 in memory of Dean Herbert E. Hawkes. Awarded annually to the member of the junior class who is judged to be the most deserving on the basis of work in the humanities.
JONATHAN THRONE KOPIT PRIZE IN LOGIC AND RHETORIC
(1997) Established by Mrs. Ina Cohen in memory of her husband, Jonathan Throne Kopit, CC‘68. Awarded annually to the Columbia College student who, in the opinion of the departmental committee, has made the most significant progress in University Writing.
JAMES P. SHENTON PRIZE IN CONTEMPORARY CIVILIZATION
(2004) Established by the Committee on the Core and the Office of the Dean of the College in memory of Professor James P. Shenton, CC‘49 and GSAS‘55. Awarded annually to the Columbia College undergraduate who is judged by the faculty to have written the best essay in Contemporary Civilization.
Prizes in the Humanities
SENIOR THESIS PRIZE IN ART HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
(2002) Established as a gift from Philip E. Aarons, CC‘73 and LAW‘76, in recognition of an outstanding senior thesis by a major in the Department of Art History and Archaeology.
CHARLES PATERNO BARRATT-BROWN MEMORIAL PRIZE
(2000) Established by his parents and his sister in honor of Charles Paterno Barratt-Brown, CC‘83. Awarded to a Columbia College senior who is judged by the English Department to have excelled in critical writing in any scholarly field.
DINO BIGONGIARI PRIZE
(1954) Established by the former students and friends of Professor Dino Bigongiari, awarded annually to the senior who has written an outstanding essay on Italian civilization or whose work in the regular Italian courses is judged most worthy of distinction.
(1896) Established by friends of the late Henry Cuyler Bunner. Awarded to the candidate for a degree in Columbia University who has submitted the best essay on a topic dealing with American literature. The topic to be selected in connection with course or seminar work in American literature and approved by the chairman of the Bunner Prize Committee.
DOUGLAS GARDNER CAVERLY PRIZE
(1994) Established in memory of Douglas Gardner Caverly, CC‘68, by his family and friends, and awarded for outstanding performance by a graduating major in Classics.
DEUTSCHER VEREIN PRIZE IN GERMAN
(1917) Awarded annually to the junior or senior who submits the winning essay on a prescribed topic in German literature.
EARLE PRIZE IN CLASSICS
(1907) Established in memory of Mortimer Lamson Earle, CC 1886, lecturer and professor in the Department of Classics. Awarded for excellence in sight translation of passages of Greek and Latin. Only candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts may compete.
JAMES GUTMANN PRIZE IN PHILOSOPHY
(1987) Established in honor of James Gutmann, this prize is awarded to a graduating Columbia College senior in Philosophy who plans to pursue graduate work in the field.
JOHN VINCENT HICKEY PRIZE
(2004) Established by Dr. Helene J.F. de Aguilar in honor of her brother, John Vincent Hickey. Awarded annually to the Columbia College undergraduate who is judged by the Department of English and Comparative Literature to have submitted the best essay on Irish, English, or American poetry.
ADAM LEROY JONES PRIZE IN LOGIC
(1934) Established by Mrs. Adam Leroy Jones in memory of her husband, who was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of University Admissions, 1909–1934. Awarded to a student in the College for the best essay on any topic in the philosophy of science or in the foundation of logic. It may be either a topic connected with seminar work in the Department of Philosophy or one approved by the Jones Prize Committee.
HELEN AND HOWARD R. MARRARO PRIZE
(1972) Established in honor of Professor Howard R. Marraro. Awarded to an undergraduate of high academic distinction and promise in an area of study concerned with Italian culture, including art, music, comparative literature, history, economics, government, or in any other academic discipline.
BENJAMIN F. ROMAINE PRIZE FUND
(1922) Gift of Benjamin F. Romaine to provide an annual prize for proficiency in Greek language and literature.
ERNEST STADLER PRIZE FOR THE EXCELLENCE IN THE STUDY OF CLASSICIAL ANTIQUITY
(2006) Established by Dr. Richard A. Brooks, CC‘53, and Dr. Eva Stadler Brooks, BC‘53, in memory of Dr. Stadler Brooks' father, Ernest Stadler, who had a life-long commitment to the study of classical antiquity. The prize may be awarded annually to a graduating senior of Columbia College who is judged by the faculty to have demonstrated academic excellence through course work and the writing of a senior essay on some aspect of the history or culture of the classical world.
SUSAN HUNTINGTON VERNON PRIZE
(1941) Established by a member of the noted family of Hispanophiles to encourage young women in humanistic pursuits at the college level. Currently offered by the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Hispanic Institute of Columbia University to the Columbia College senior who has most demonstrated excellence in the study of Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures.
Prizes in the Social Sciences
CHARLES A. BEARD PRIZE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
(1963) Established by the Honorable Albert Levitt. Awarded to the student who writes the best paper in political science during the academic year.
CHARLES A. BEARD PRIZE IN HISTORY
(2003) Established by the History Department for a senior thesis of superior distinction in any historical field and period.
CARL B. BOYER MEMORIAL PRIZE
(1978) Established by Mrs. Carl B. Boyer in memory of her husband. Awarded annually to the Columbia undergraduate who writes the best essay on any topic in the history of science or mathematics as judged by a faculty committee.
CHANLER HISTORICAL PRIZE
(1877) Established at the bequest of J. Winthrop Chanler, CC 1847. Awarded to the senior who submits the best essay on a topic dealing with the history of civil government in America. The topic to be selected in conjunction with seminar work in one of the social science departments and approved by the chairperson of the Chanler Prize Committee.
TARAKNATH DAS FOUNDATION AWARD
(1957) Awarded annually to a student in Columbia College, the School of General Studies, or Barnard College for excellence in Asian studies, particularly in the history and culture of India.
ALBERT MARION ELSBERG PRIZE
(1912) Established by Mrs. Albert Elsberg in memory of her son, Albert Marion Elsberg. Awarded to a student with sophomore, junior, or senior standing who has demonstrated excellence in modern history.
LILY PRIZE IN HISTORY
Established by Professor James P. Shenton, CC‘49 and GSAS‘55, in honor of his mother. Awarded by the History Department for academic achievement in the study of history other than that of the United States.
GARRETT MATTINGLY PRIZE
(2003) Established by the History Department for a senior thesis of superior distinction in any historical field and period.
SANFORD S. PARKER PRIZE
(1980) Funded by the family and friends in memory of Sanford S. Parker, CC‘37. Awarded to a Columbia College senior going on to graduate study in economics who shows promise of doing original work and has already demonstrated boldness of thought and a commitment to excellence, whose interests are wide, heart kind, and spirit generous.
(1996) Established by John Romine in honor of his brother, David Estabrook Romine. Awarded to two undergraduate students who have done exemplary work in the field of economics.
GRANT SQUIRES PRIZE IN SOCIOLOGY
Established by Grant Squires (Class of 1885) and awarded annually to a senior, majoring in sociology, in recognition of an outstanding and innovative scholarship representing original investigation of a sociological character or a significant use of sociological knowledge for the public good.
CAROLINE PHELPS STOKES PRIZE
(1910) Established at the bequest of Caroline Phelps Stokes. Awarded to a student who has been a degree candidate for at least one academic year at Columbia College or Barnard College, and who has written the best essay on any topic concerning the rights of man. The topic to be selected in connection with course or seminar work and approved by the Stokes Prize Committee.
ALAN J. WILLEN MEMORIAL PRIZE
(1968) Established by classmates and friends of Alan J. Willen, CC‘64, in his memory. Awarded to the Columbia College student who writes the best seminar paper on a contemporary American political problem. The selection is made jointly by representatives of the Departments of History and Political Science.
MYRA KRAFT PRIZE FOR SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN THE STUDY OF HUMAN RIGHTS
(2013) Established to honor the memory of Myra Kraft, beloved wife of Robert Kraft, CC‘63 and Trustee Emeritus, this prize is awarded to the Columbia College student majoring in Human Rights who has the highest grade point average and a superior record of academic achievement in Human Rights.
Prizes in the Natural and Physical Sciences
RICHARD BERSOHN PRIZE
(2009) Established by Professor Louis Brus, who was a student of Professor Bersohn, this prize may be awarded to the Columbia College, General Studies, or SEAS student majoring in the chemical sciences who is deemed by the faculty to have demonstrated outstanding achievement as a scholar and as a researcher.
THE BRIDGES AND STURTEVANT PRIZE IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
(2012) Established in honor of Calvin Bridges and Alfred Sturtevant whose pioneering studies as Columbia College undergraduates-using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster in Thomas Hunt Morgan's laboratory-laid the basis for our understanding of genes and the way they behave. The prize may be awarded annually to a graduating senior whose experimental or computational research is deemed by the faculty to have been both highly original and fruitful.
COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT AWARD
Awarded to a degree candidate for scholastic achievements as a computer science major and as acknowledgment of his or her contributions to the Department of Computer Science and to the University as a whole.
THOMAS J. KATZ PRIZE
(2009) Established by friends and colleagues of Professor Katz, this prize may be awarded to the Columbia College, General Studies, or SEAS student majoring in the chemical sciences who is deemed by the faculty to have demonstrated outstanding achievement as a scholar and as a researcher.
ALFRED MORITZ MICHAELIS PRIZE
(1926) Established by Mrs. Jeanette Michaelis in memory of her son, Alfred Moritz Michaelis, CC 1920. Awarded to the member of the graduating class who has completed with the most proficiency the sequence of courses in physics that corresponds most nearly to the sequence given by the late Professor George V. Wendell.
RUSSELL C. MILLS AWARD
(1992) Established in memory of Russell C. Mills, a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science who exemplified academic excellence and intellectual curiosity, and presented annually to the senior in Computer Science whose course work and projects stand out as the best in the class.
PROFESSOR VAN AMRINGE MATHEMATICAL PRIZE
(1910) Established by George G. DeWitt, CC 1867. Awarded to three College students (a first-year, a sophomore, and a junior) who are deemed most proficient in the mathematical subjects designated during the year of the award.
JOHN DASH VAN BUREN, JR. PRIZE IN MATHEMATICS
(1906) Established by Mrs. Louise T. Hoyt in memory of her nephew, John Dash Van Buren, Jr., CC 1905. Awarded to the degree candidate who writes the best examination on subjects prescribed by the Department of Mathematics.
Prizes in the Creative and Performing Arts
ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS POETRY PRIZE
(1956) Awarded by the Academy to the poet who has written the best poem or group of poems submitted during the academic year. Manuscripts should normally be submitted to the Department of English and Comparative Literature before April 1.
SEYMOUR BRICK MEMORIAL PRIZE
(1969) Established by Mrs. Seymour Brick and her son, Richard, in honor of their husband and father, Seymour Brick, CC‘34. Awarded to the Columbia College student who submits the best one-act or full-length play as judged by the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
KAREN OSNEY BROWNSTEIN WRITING PRIZE
(1991) Established by Neill H. Brownstein, CC‘66, in memory of Karen Osney Brownstein. Awarded to a graduating senior in Columbia College who has written a single piece or a body of work so distinguished in its originality of concept and excellence of execution that it fairly demands the award, support, and recognition the prize intends.
GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS PRIZE
(1902) Established by the late Samuel Putnam Avery, CC 1896, an associate of George William Curtis. Awarded to students in the College for excellence in the public delivery of English orations.
ARTHUR E. FORD POETRY PRIZE
(1980) Established by Mrs. Doris Ford in memory of Arthur E. Ford. Awarded annually to the senior who submits the best collection of poems.
PHILOLEXIAN CENTENNIAL WASHINGTON PRIZE
(1902) Gift of J. Ackerman Coles, CC 1864. Awarded once every four years to the student in the college who shall be deemed most worthy, upon delivery of an original address on a subject concerning public affairs.
PHILOLEXIAN PRIZE FUND
(1904) A gift of the Philolexian Society, the income from which shall be used for prizes in Columbia College for debating, essays, short stories, and poetry.
AUSTIN E. QUIGLEY PRIZE
(2010) The Austin E. Quigley prize for outstanding artistic and intellectual achievement may be awarded to a Columbia College senior majoring in Drama and Theatre Arts. Named in honor of Columbia College's dean from 1995-2009, the prize is funded by Nobel Laureate Richard Axel, CC‘67 and University Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.
THE LOUIS SUDLER PRIZE IN THE ARTS
(1983) Awarded annually to a senior who, in the opinion of the Faculty, has demonstrated excellence of the highest standards of proficiency in performance or execution or in the field of composition in one of the following general areas of performing and creative arts: music, theatre, painting, sculpture, design, architecture, or film.
VAN RENSSELAER PRIZE
(1926) Gift of Maximilian Foster. Awarded to the candidate for a degree in Columbia University who is the author of the best example of English lyric verse. Material must be submitted to the Department of English and Comparative Literature by April 1.
GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY PRIZE
(1935) Established by the Woodberry Society of New York. Awarded every second year to an undergraduate student in Columbia University for the best original poem.
Fellowships for Graduate Study
HARRY J. CARMAN FELLOWSHIP
(1949) Established from the gifts of former friends and students of Dean Carman. Awarded to no more than two graduating seniors for advanced study.
JARVIS AND CONSTANCE DOCTOROW FELLOWSHIP
(2005) Established by the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Foundation. Awarded to a graduating senior, this fellowship provides a stipend for one year of graduate study at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.
HENRY EVANS TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP
(1928) Gift of Mrs. Henry Evans in memory of her husband, Henry Evans, CC 1881. Awarded to a graduating senior, with preference given to the student planning to undertake a research project of a creative nature that requires travel rather than formal graduate study.
HOLTHUSEN-SCHINDLER ENDOWMENT FUND
(2000) Established as a bequest from the estate of Lenore S. Holthusen, the widow of Hen Holthusen, LAW 1917, to provide financial support in the form of scholarships to worthy graduates of Columbia College who continue their education at the Law School of Columbia University.
EURETTA J. KELLETT FELLOWSHIPS
(1932) Established at the bequest of Euretta Jane Schlegel. Awarded annually and for two consecutive years to two graduating seniors of the College who have shown exceptional proficiency in the study of the liberal arts, for study at Oxford or Cambridge University.
Special Undergraduate Fellowships
BECKMAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM
(2015) Columbia College is one of 12 institutions nationwide selected to receive the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation’s Beckman Scholars Program Award to support outstanding undergraduate sophomores majoring in biology, chemistry, chemical physics, biophysics, or neuroscience and behavior. Beckman Scholars, selected by a faculty committee, will engage in summer undergraduate research in one of the labs of the Beckman Scholar Program faculty and will present their work at the annual Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Symposium.
BEESEN GLOBAL EXPERIENCE TRAVEL/RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
Established to provide opportunities for non-native French undergraduate students of Columbia and Barnard to study or research in Paris during the summer, each fellowship provides monetary support to fellows to defray travel and living expenses. The fellowship’s intent is to give Columbia University students the opportunity to pursue intellectual goals, gain valuable research and study experience, learn French in Paris, and engage with the Parisian community.
THE CLASS OF 1939 SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
(1989) Established by the Class of 1939 in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of its graduation. Awarded to students in their sophomore or junior year to pursue independent research or to work in on-going laboratory projects over the summer.
HARVEY KRUEGER GLOBAL EXPERIENCE FELLOWSHIP
Established to encourage Columbia College students to engage in study abroad or independent research projects in Israel or Poland, each fellowship provides funds for students to pursue research, participate in study abroad programs, or qualify as assistants in on-going laboratory projects over the summer at a location of their choosing in Israel or Poland. The fellowship’s intent is to give CC students the opportunity to pursue intellectual goals and gain valuable international experience.
HERBERT DERESIEWICZ SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
(2011) Established in memory of Professor Herbert Deresiewicz, a long time SEAS faculty member and department chairman who held a deep and abiding love for undergraduate teaching, the Herbert Deresiewicz Summer Research Fellowship provides support for a Columbia College or SEAS student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and whose interest in science has been kindled by his or her experiences at Columbia. The recipient, selected by a faculty committee, will engage in full-time laboratory research on the Morningside Heights campus in one of the following Columbia University academic departments: Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering.
SOLOMON AND SEYMOUR FISHER CIVIL LIBERTIES FELLOWSHIP
(1989) Gift of Solomon Fisher, CC‘36, and Seymour Fisher, CC‘45. Awarded annually to a Columbia College student to work during the summer in the Legal Department of the American Civil Liberties Union National Office in New York City.
KLUGE FELLOWS SUMMER RESEARCH GRANT
(1988) Endowment gift of John Kluge, CC‘37. Administered by the Columbia University Scholars Program (CUSP) Summer Enhancement Fellowships, grants are awarded competitively to students from underrepresented groups to pursue an independent research project during the summer under the sponsorship of a faculty member. The application process includes a series of seminars and workshops.
RICHARD LEWIS KOHN TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP
(1959) Established from gifts of various donors. Awarded annually to a well-qualified student to supplement work in the College with study during the junior year in Great Britain, preferably at the University of London. First consideration is given to students majoring or concentrating in political science or economics.
MYRA KRAFT PRIZE FOR EXCEPTIONAL PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY
(2013) Established to honor the memory of Myra Kraft, beloved wife of Robert Kraft, CC‘63 and Trustee Emeritus, this prize is awarded to the rising Columbia College senior majoring in Human Rights who submits the best proposal for a summer or one-term human rights internship.
MELLON MAYS UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
(1996) Awarded in the spring semester of the sophomore year to minority students, and other undergraduates with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity, who wish to pursue a Ph.D. and whose intellectual and social commitments embody those of the late Dr. Benjamin Mays. The Fellowship provides a two-year academic enhancement program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.
NOBUHISA AND MARCIA ISHIZUKA GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES
Provides funding for one Columbia College each year for an international experience studying Japanese language and culture, or other East Asian languages and cultures. The fellowship’s intent is to promote students’ study and research activities in Japan
PRESIDENTIAL GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP
Funded by a grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship offers first-year undergraduates (CC, SEAS, GS) who are seeking to develop a strong global foundation and a deeper understanding of the world around them with a unique opportunity to enrich their Columbia education beginning in the summer after their first year. The Fellowship provides funding for participation on a Columbia summer study abroad program to a highly select group of intellectually curious students who are able to imagine how an overseas experience can influence their examination of critical issues and who are committed to finding meaningful ways to engage a broad range of global topics throughout their undergraduate career.
SANFORD S. PARKER PRIZE SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS
(1980) Funded by the family and friends of Sanford S. Parker, CC‘37. Awarded to Columbia College juniors in order to conduct summer research projects. Recipients will show promise of doing original work, and demonstrate boldness of thought and a commitment to excellence.
RICHARD AND BROOKE KAMIN RAPAPORT SUMMER MUSIC PERFORMANCE FELLOWSHIP
(1993) Gift of Richard A. Rapaport, CC‘69, and Brooke Kamin Rapaport, to create a summer opportunity for continuing Columbia College students who are particularly gifted in musical performance, composition, or conducting.
EDWIN ROBBINS ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND PUBLIC SERVICE FELLOWSHIP
(1991) Established by Edwin Robbins, CC‘53. A stipend awarded each summer to four Columbia College students majoring in political science or history who intend to conduct research into important political or policy making matters, or who will be working as interns, without compensation, in a governmental office, agency, or other public service organization.
ARTHUR ROSE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP
(1958) Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Rose in memory of their son, Arthur Rose. Awarded to a senior in the College who is to assist the work of a member of the faculty in one of the departments that contribute to the courses in Contemporary Civilization and the Humanities.
THE PHYLLIS STEVENS SHARP FELLOWSHIP IN AMERICAN POLITICS
(2005) Established in 2005, the Phyllis Stevens Sharp Endowment Fund provides stipends to Political Science students to support research in American politics or policy making or otherwise uncompensated internships in a government office, agency, or other organization serving the public.
SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Offered to a select group of motivated undergraduate students who will benefit from the opportunity for hands-on biology related laboratory research on either the Morningside campus or in the biomedical labs at Columbia's Health Sciences. The fellowship provides for one summer of fulltime research.
RICHMOND B. WILLIAMS TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP
(1988) Established at the bequest of Richmond B. Williams, CC‘25. Awarded to a Columbia College junior English major for a summer research project requiring foreign travel. The recipient of the fellowship must register for an independent research course in the fall to write up the results of the summer’s work.
CLASS OF 1954 URBAN NEW YORK PROGRAM ENDOWMENT
(1981) The Urban New York Program is sponsored by Barnard College, Columbia College, and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and has been endowed by the Class of 1954. The program enables students and faculty to jointly experience cultural events in New York City twice during the academic year.
ARNOLD I. KISCH, M.D., AND VICTORIA L. J. DAUBERT, PH.D., ENDOWMENT
(1993) Created for students to experience opera in New York City within the Urban New York Program.