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Student Awards 2014-2015

Elizabeth Mudd Senior Prize
Julia Harencar  
This monetary award was established in 1927 for excellence in scholarship.

Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Faculty Purse for Graduate Study
France Viana  
Established in 1949, this award is given to an outstanding graduate provides support for graduate study abroad or in the US.

Phi Beta Kappa Society

Federica Beatrice, Kelly Franson, Oona Andrea Kelly, Acacia Lilian Lommen-Nelson, Samantha McGuire, Sara Nathan, Julia Atie Przemyslaw, Kathryn Reeve, Megan Rue, Minnie Vo, Avery Hope Ziegler

Members are elected each year in acknowledgement of their high scholarly achievements, their pursuit of liberal learning, and their intellectual integrity and curiosity. Mills College was granted a charter by the national honor society of Phi Beta Kappa on September 12, 1928. Zeta Chapter in the State of California was installed March 16, 1929.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Sierra Castor, Sarah Cefalu, Natanya Friedheim, Mackenzie Gabriel, Katelyn Ganz, Tiffani Jackson, Cameron Jang, Julia McCotter, Kristen Oliver, Erica Veitch, Jordan Wanderer
An honor society inviting high-achieving freshmen and sophomores. Members must have a GPA of 3.4 or above and rank in the top 20 percent of their class.

Outstanding Teaching Award
Barbara Bowman

The Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a faculty member(s) who has created an inclusive classroom environment that supports the academic success of all students.

Departmental Awards

Art
Grace "Ty" Searing Dhaemers Art History Award
Emily Landry, Melissa Mize, Sarah Padial
This art history award is based on academic merit and given to juniors who will be returning to Mills as seniors in the fall.

Ralph DuCasse Endowed Scholarship
Meghan Adkins
 
This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in studio art with an emphasis in drawing and painting.

Hung Liu Prize
Malena Lopez-Maggi

For excellence in studio art.

Jay DeFeo MFA Prize
Megan Ender, Sara Kerr

Established under the terms of the artist's will through an endowment to Mills College, the Jay DeFeo Prize at Mills College is awarded annually to one (or more) graduating Master of Fine Arts student(s) in Studio Art.

Wellhausen Family Award
Avery Ziegler

This award, in honor of Dorothy Bank, is given for the Senior Show.

Eleanor E. Crum Award
Makaiwa Tong

This prize was established in 1968 from the estate of William L. Crum in honor of his wife. This award is given to students for excellence in ceramics.

Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation

Eugene Trefethen Award
Julia Harencar

This award recognizes the graduating senior scholar-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.

Karen Koshak Prize
Terrapin Frazier

This award is given in recognition of an exemplary healthy, well-balanced and physically active lifestyle and promotion of the physical education program.

Biology
Caryl Parker Haskins Prize
Rebecca Morton, Sara Nathan, Laylah Zelko 

This prize was established in 1966 in honor of former Trustee Dr. Haskins for distinction in the life sciences.

John Harris Award
Kelly Franson

For academic excellence in biology.

Biology Department Above and Beyond Award
Sherrlyne Apostol

For outstanding contribution.

Bruce McCollum Prize
Julia Harencar

For seniors majoring in science or mathematics with the highest attainment of scholarship

Book Art
Rosalind Keep Book Art Award
Rebecca Levy, Monica Medeiros

This award recognizes general excellence in the area of book art as well as a substantial contribution to the program.

Center for the Book Award for Excellence in Book Art
Ariel Hansen Strong

This award sponsored by Mills College Center for the Book, recognizes a student who has made a significant commitment to book art throughout her undergraduate studies and has demonstrated overall excellence in her classes and projects.

Chemistry
Alie Ogborn Jackson Barry Prize
Gabriella Amberchan

Established by a gift from Mrs. Aphia Wallan in memory of her mother, this is awarded to an outstanding chemistry student.

Computer Science
Helen Pillans Award
Renee Johnston

This award is given in honor of Helen Pillans, who taught at Mills for many years and was responsible for the establishment of the computer science program in the 1960's.

Lennox-McEntyre Award
Rachel Kawula

This award is given for excellence in computer science and contributions to the computer science community. Formerly Diane McEntyre Award, recently renamed the Lennox-McEntyre Award, in honor of the late Carol Lennox.

Dance
Dance Department Innovator Award
Sophia Klein

This award is given for exceptional ingenuity in performance and technology.

Dance Department Leadership Award
Lauren Baines

This award is given for outstanding contribution across the department.

Dance Department Merit Award
Maya Haines

This award is given for exceptional growth and achievement.

Dance Department Performer Award
Maya Haines

This award is given for exemplary work on stage.

E. L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Innovator Award
Alexandra Marcus

This award is given for exceptional originality in performance and choreography.

E. L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Merit Award
Julia Davidson, Megan Amal Rogers 

This award is given for outstanding academic work and a spirit of open inquiry.

E. L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Scholar Award
Julia Davidson, Megan Amal Rogers 

This award is given for outstanding thesis research.

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Economics
Marion Ross Merit Scholarship
Elizabeth Oram

This award is given in honor of Dr. Marion Ross, respected alumna and former economics professor at Mills. It is awarded for excellence in economics.

Nancy Thornborrow Endowed Prize
Micheala Thompson

This award is named in honor of Professor Nancy Thornborrow for her creative leadership, and is awarded to one or more undergraduate alumna/e, outstanding students enrolled in the accelerated degree program who plans to earn an MBA from Mills in two semesters of full-time graduate study.

Omicron Delta Epsilon
To Come

Omicron Delta Epsilon is the International Honorary Society in Economics. Students are selected based on their performance in economics courses and are selected from economics, business economics and PLEA-econ majors.

Honors in the Major
To Come

Education
Joan Henry Endowed Scholarship
Natalie Aguilar

This award recognizes an undergraduate child development major who demonstrates a strong history and continuing commitment to early childhood education.

Jane Bowyer Award 
Lina Ho

This award is for excellence in undergraduate teacher education

Senior Recognition for Excellence in Research and Practice in Child Development Award
To Come

This award is to recognize students for excellence in research and practice in child development.

Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Teaching Social Justice
Julia Beers

Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Teaching Classroom Research
Jonah Cohn

Humanities Credential Social Justice
Melina Rutter, Alison Green

Humanities Credential Reflective and Integrated Practice
Carissa Moline

Mid-Career Math and Science Credential Social Justice
Elisabeth Bailey, Stephanie Hironaka, Michael King

Mid-Career Math and Science Credential Reflective and Integrated Practice
Nick Meyer, Joey Notaro, David Pistrang

Multiple Subject Credential Social Justice
Harpreet Chohan

Multiple Subject Credential Reflective and Integrated Practice
Amelia Lobaco

Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Student Teaching Scholarship
To Come

This is given by the Peralta Council chapters of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority. It is a scholarship for the professional development of outstanding female teachers during their student teaching experience.

English
Mary Merritt Henry Prize
Undergraduate Poetry—Maia Sinaiko
Graduate Poetry—Rashida Merritt
 
Honorable Mention—Pamela Russell
Established in 1921, these prizes are awarded for a group of poems by students.

Ardella Mills Prize for Literary Composition
Fiction:
Undergraduate—Amber Flaharty
Graduate—Andrew Heath

Creative Nonfiction:
Undergraduate Honorable Mention—Rebecca Levy
Graduate—Aiden Thomas
Graduate Honorable Mention—Danielle Rubinstein-Tower

Critical Essay:
Undergraduate—Zenzele Olatunji
Undergraduate Honorable Mention—Chloe Horsma 
Graduate—Kortney Stern
Graduate Honorable Mention—Stephanie Stott

Prizes given for excellence in literary composition was established in 1931, by a bequest of Maria Elizabeth Mills, in memory of her daughter.

Marion Hood Boess Haworth Prize
Undergraduate—Ari Nussbaum
Graduate—Linsey Scriven
Honorable Mention—Joana Brito

The award is given for excellence in fiction for children's and young adult literature.

English I Essay Prize
Alexa Barger
Honorable Mention—Emily Keller, Emily Teraoka
This award is for an essay written in English 001 class for both fall and spring semesters.

Journalism Prize
Emily Mibach
Honorable Mention—Priya Forrest, Jennifer Ramos

This prize is given for excellence in reporting and writing.

Amanda Davis MFA Thesis in Fiction Award
Davey Davis
Honorable Mention—Tasha Keeble

This thesis prize for fiction is in memory of Mills English professor Amanda Davis who died in a plane crash while promoting her first novel in March 2003.

Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Studies Outstanding Academic Scholar Award
Lina Ho

This award recognizes a student(s) who has achieved overall academic excellence in the department.

Reaching Beyond Award
Jazmine Leonard-Fortes

This award recognizes excellence in building coalitions between communities of color on campus and through service to the community. This award highlights the importance of building unity in diversity in order to achieve social change.

The Spirit of Dolores Huerta Award
Sophia Perez 

This award recognizes the student who has demonstrated the kind of courageous and conscientious pursuit of justice as evinced in the person of Dolores Huerta.

French and Francophone Studies
Germaine Thompson Prize
Mahsa Haghighat Kashani

This award was established by Germaine K. Thompson in 1985 in admiration of the excellent teaching of Martha Cottam. It is awarded for excellence in French.

Government
Lawrence Shrader Prize
Mahsa Haghighat Kashani
This award was established in 2007 for the outstanding senior thesis in government or international relations.

Phi Sigma Alpha
Saleha K. Ahmed, Serie S. Sekijima, Maria Gabriela Sanchez, Alexandra Lee-Beasley, Destynee Norwood 

Phi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Today there are over 600 chapters throughout the country. Mills College is home to the Phi Eta chapter.

History
Anne Hummel Sherrill Scholarship
Sophie McArthur
This scholarship is awarded to the top junior student in history. The award is determined in the spring and applied toward senior year tuition.

Reynold M. Wik Prize
Samantha McGuire

Established in 1998, this prize is awarded to the outstanding senior in history.

Phi Alpha Theta
Elizabeth Hartmann, Leah Holtz, Rachel Jurasevich, Sophie McArthur

Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for history whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

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Mathematics
Lenore Blum Award
Brenna Baker, Alexandra Michel

Formerly George Backus Brown Award, this is awarded for outstanding scholastic achievement in mathematics.

Bruce McCollum Prize
Brenna Baker

For seniors majoring in science or mathematics with the highest attainment of scholarship

Music
Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award
Jesse Austin, Julie Herndon, Brenna Noonan, Stephen Parris

Endowed in 1931 by Maria Elizabeth Mills in memory of her daughter, this is awarded for outstanding musical composition.

Maurthea Friedberger Cup
Rachel Austin

This award is given to the most outstanding senior music major.

Paul Merritt Henry Prize
Victor Grinenco, Georg Hilmarsson

This prize was established in 1928 by Aurelia Henry Reinhardt during her presidency at Mills as a memorial to her brother. It is awarded for excellence in the musical composition of stringed instruments.

Frog Peak Collective Experimental Music Award
Josh Casey, Besan Zidan 

This is awarded to a graduate student who has completed an outstanding thesis on experimental music or who has contributed to the community of experimental musicians.

Margaret Lyon Music Student Prize
Chris Douthitt, Will Gluck, Sam Hertz, Julie Moon, Stephanie Meumann, Erika Oba

Established in 2004 in memory of Dr. Margaret Lyon, head of the music department for twenty-five years, by her family, friends and students. This prize is awarded to outstanding music students.

Flora Boyd Piano Performance Prize
Kataryna Kopelevisch, Tara Sreekrishnan
This award is given for outstanding piano performance.

Music Department Community Spirit Award
Matt Driscoll, Dan Gottwalkd, James Perley

This award is given to students for excellence in performance.

Donna Petersen Vocal Prize
Rachel Clark

This award is given for excellence in vocal performance.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division
Bruce McCollum Prize
Brenna Baker

Established in 1960 by Mrs. Bruce McCollum in memory of her husband, this award is given to a senior majoring in science or mathematics with the highest attainment in scholarship.

Public Policy
Public Policy Student of the Year
Rebecca Wegley

This award is given to a student for academic excellence and outstanding service.

Psychology
Cheryl Sundheim Psychology Undergraduate Research Award
Anne Cormia, Chelsea Dees, Oona Kelly, Julia Przemyslaw, Valeria Zaporozhets

This award is presented for undergraduate research in psychology.

Sociology and Anthropology
Anthropology Student of the Year
Rachel Birenbaum
This award is given for outstanding contributions and volunteer service in anthropology.

Sociology Students of the Year
Meagan Travlos, Rachel Birenbaum

Established in 1998, this honor is awarded for active contributions to the sociology program at Mills in addition to the achievement of academic excellence.

Spanish and Spanish-American Studies
Gabriela Mistral Prize
Cheryl Reed, Angie Young

In honor of Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945. She received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Mills College in 1947. Awarded to graduating seniors for excellent academic work in the field of Hispanic letters.

Maria Naumann-Etienne Prize
Blanca Aguirre-Ramirez, Christin Bovis, Ana Laura Lopez, Brooke Porter
For Spanish and Spanish American studies students who have a special interest in South American literature and culture.

Certificado de Honor
Brooke Porter

Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Essay Prize
Queer Studies - Rebecca Levy
Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies - Rebecca Levy

This award is given to an undergraduate student for the best women's, gender and sexulity studies essay or nonfiction paper.

Zimmer Prize
Megan Rue

This is awarded for outstanding scholarship and community service in women's, gender and sexuality studies.

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Leadership and Service Awards

Outstanding Senior Award
Alheli Cuenca,  Deborah Gartside
This award was established to honor a graduating senior who has demonstrated strength in scholarship and extraordinary service to Mills and the local community. Criteria are divided into four areas: scholarship, on-campus activities, off-campus activities, and special initiative.

Student Organization of the Year
Mills Pagan Alliance
This award is presented to an organization that has demonstrated campus leadership; collaboration with other student organizations, faculty, and staff; and devotion to educating its members and the broader community. This organization's events, activities, and presence help support both the college's and the ASMC's mission.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year
Brenda Mehta 
This award recognizes a campus advisor(s) who dedicates time and resources to the advancement of a club or organization. This person exemplifies the college's mission, acts as a positive change agent, fosters high ideals, and provides sustained support to a club or organization. This person offers support to students through mentorship, guidance, and advocacy. She or he serves as an educator and role model for undergraduate students at Mills College.

Christine LaFia Award
Skylar Crownover
This award is given to students for outstanding service to Mills College.

Palladium
Amanda Kam, Berenice Mosqueda, Cassi Watt, Delma Hernandez, Emma Baumeister, Jane Langner, Jazmine Fortes, Jessica Oride, Joyelle Baker, Julia Harencar, Karen Correa, Kay Singh, Mara Harwood, Margarita Sanchez, Serena Tsang, Skylar Crownover, Sonj Basha, Sophia Perez, Risa Gearhart, Tiara Jackson
Founded in 1930, this distinctive honor society recognizes juniors and seniors who combine academic excellence with service to Mills.

Peg Dean Award
Samah Ikram
This award was established by alumna Edyth Chang to recognize an Asian American student for leadership on campus.

Helen Carroll Award
Erin Armstrong, Nic VanDyke
This is an award given to a faculty, staff or student for dedication to securing equal rights and combating discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Coleen Gragen Award
Sophia Perez
Created in honor of a Mills College Personal Defense Instructor, this award recognizes Mills faculty, staff, or student who exemplify Gragen's lifelong dedication to the advocacy of women.

Shirley Weishaar Award
Monse Garcia, Anna Guiles
Created in honor of a former Dean of Students, this award recognizes outstanding service to the Division of Student Life.

Student Leadership in Campus Sustainability
Saiqaa Nuri
Awarded in honor of outstanding stewardship of the Mills College campus and for encouraging the local community to create sustainable practices.


Mills of Color Awards

Mills of Color Awards recognizes students, faculty or staff of color for outstanding achievement and service. Each of the following categories honors both individual accomplishments and the creation of community change:

MOCA Emerging Leader of the Year
Nina Thiebert
This award recognizes a student who has exhibited exemplary leadership.

MOCA Junior Leader of the Year
Margarita Sanchez
This award recognizes a junior who has exhibited exemplary leadership.

MOCA Senior Leader of the Year
Lea Williams
This award recognizes a senior who has exhibited exemplary leadership.

MOCA Graduate Leader of the Year
Hernando Buitrago, Cynthia Pinto
This award recognizes a graduate student who has exhibited exemplary leadership.

MOCA Student Organization of the Year
Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, Muslim Student Association, and Mills ‘Ohana Club
This award recognizes an organization who has demonstrated outstanding collaboration, leadership, and dedication to Mills and the greater community.

MOCA Outstanding Athlete
Jessica Parlin
This award recognizes a student who has participated in sports at Mills and has exhibited exemplary leadership.

MOCA Artist of the Year
Joyelle Baker
This award recognizes a student who has exhibited excellence in art.

MOCA for Community Service
Carolina Moscoso
This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated a commitment to community involvement and academic success.

MOCA for Community Activism
Andrea Juarez
This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated leadership in activism within the Mills and nonMills community.

MOCA Staff Member of the Year
Adrianna Hutchinson
This award recognizes a staff member who has demonstrated outstanding support to students through mentorship, guidance, and advocacy.

MOCA Faculty Member of the Year
Dr. Deborah Berman Santana
This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding support to students through mentorship, guidance, and advocacy.

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