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Student Awards 2015-2016

Elizabeth Mudd Senior Prize
Alia Hauwert  
This monetary award was established in 1927 for excellence in scholarship.

Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Faculty Purse for Graduate Study
Jessica Oride  
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

Theodora Danielson, Emily Landry, Hailey Sounart, Casey Sugie, Sarah Westbrook

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.

Fulbright Award
Bridget Nixon
This prize is a prestigious international award in support of research or English teaching assistantship abroad, usually for one academic year.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Rebecca Ackerman, Alejandra Canedo, Paige Emerling, Carol Ghaffari, Paige Hotchkiss-Needleman, Irena Huang, Alexandra Mackey, Hisaka Marubayashi, Rachael Mellows, Jillian Mishima, Mara Nutt, Rebekah Raymon, Marion Reader, Kaija Stasko, Nichole Tilsner, Annalise Tran, Regina Wang, Kailani Yamanoha
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.

Departmental Awards

Grace "Ty" Searing Dhaemers Art History Award
Rachel Anderson, Nora Roth
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 
Lena Toney

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
Aliza Cord

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
Mara Harwood

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

Karen Koshak Prize
Min Hee Kim, Pui Yi Sy

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

Biology Department Above and Beyond Award
Devon Thrumston

For outstanding contribution.

Barbara Bowman Molecular Award
Cassidy Dalton

The award is given to a graduating senior who demonstrates passionate curiosity and appreciation of all things molecular and cellular.

Caryl Parker Haskins Prize
Hailey Sounart, Emma Bolton

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

John Harris Award
Kay Singh

For academic excellence in biology.

Vera Long Prize
Shea Hamilton

This prize was established in 1987 and given in honor of an outstanding paper written on environmental biology.  It is named for a Mills Alumna and lifelong Trustee.

Book Art
Rosalind Keep Book Art Award
Grace Forrest, Selena Matranga

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
Nora McKinnon

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.

Alie Ogborn Jackson Barry Prize
Annie Deh Lee

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

Bruce McCollum Prize
Casey Sugie

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.

Computer Science
Helen Pillans Award
Rachel Kawula

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
Elise Richards

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 Department Innovator Award
Hailey Sounart

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
Stephanie Hewett, Nia Fitzpatrick, Christina Carter 

This award is given for exceptional growth and achievement.

Dance Department Performer Award
Yawen Zou

This award is given for exemplary work on stage.

E. L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Innovator Award
Zackary Forcum

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

E. L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Merit Award
Bhumi Patel

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

E. L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Scholar Award
Abigail Keyes

This award is given for outstanding thesis research.

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Marion Ross Merit Scholarship
Eileen Sochia

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
Andrea Partridge

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.



Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Teaching Social Justice
Heather Hesitant

Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Teaching Classroom Research
Erika Lewis

Humanities Credential Social Justice
Maya Brodkey

Humanities Credential Reflective and Integrated Practice
Sarah Tsalbins

Mid-Career Math and Science Credential Social Justice
Miriam Pardo Figueroa

Mid-Career Math and Science Credential Reflective and Integrated Practice
Denik Subrata

Multiple Subject Credential Social Justice
Alexandra Black

Multiple Subject Credential Reflective and Integrated Practice
Shelby Ziesing

Mary Merritt Henry Prize
Undergraduate Poetry—Sarah Dawson
Graduate Poetry—Nora McKinnon
Honorable Mention—Andrea Abi-Karam,Rashida Merritt
Established in 1921, these prizes are awarded for a group of poems by students.

Melody Clarke Teppola Creative Writing Prize
in Prose:
Undergraduate—Isabel Strychacz
Graduate—Phyllis Oscar

in Creative Nonfiction:
Undergraduate—Clare Schneider
Undergraduate Honorable Mention—Grace Forrest
Graduate—Allison Glendinning
Graduate Honorable Mention—Andrea Abi-Karam, Andrew Heath

This prize recognizes undergraduate students for original thinking and superior writing.

Ardella Mills Prize
Critical Essay:
Undergraduate—Rebecca Vicino
Undergraduate Honorable Mention—Alexa Barger, Allison Merz, Erin Strubbe  
Graduate—Camille J. Brown

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—Erin Strubbe
Graduate—Michelle Kicherer
Honorable Mention—Josie Weight

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

English I Essay Prize
Mariam Baqai, Madeleine Makamura 
Honorable Mention—Jennifer Mai
This award is for an essay written in English 001 class for both fall and spring semesters.

Journalism Prize
Emily Mibach
Honorable Mention—Sarah Hoenicke

This prize is given for excellence in reporting and writing.

Amanda Davis MFA Thesis in Fiction Award
Andrew Heath
Honorable Mention—Allison Glendinning, Deborah Sherman 

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
Cleo Pierce

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

Reaching Beyond Award
Savannah Smith

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
Kaniya Samm 

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
Emma Wilson, Zenzele Olatunji

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.

Lawrence Shrader Prize
Maria Gabriela Sanchez 
This award was established in 2007 for the outstanding senior thesis in government or international relations.

Phi Sigma Alpha
Luwam Arefaine , Charlotte Depersis , Natanya Friedheim, Emily Harris, Mallie Hill, Jesseca Reddell, Kayla Shapiro, Kahler Verrill, Beatrice Waterhouse    

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.

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

Phi Alpha Theta
Emily Harmon, Lauren Havey, Katherine Kabick, Paulette Sison, Grace Spoljaric, Erica Veitch, Sophie McArthur, Hannah Waldschmidt   

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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Lenore Blum Award
Arina Ushakova

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

Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award
Will Gluck, John McCowen, Adria Otte

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

Maurthea Friedberger Cup
Michelle Lee

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

Paul Merritt Henry Prize
Marissa Deitz, Adam Hirsch

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
David Cummings

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
Adam Adhiyatma, Sam Genovese, Larrolyn Patterson Parms-Ford, Raphael Radna

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.

Myrta Bennet Wieland Excellence in Voice
Aurora Josephson

This award is given for outstanding vocal performance.

Music Department Community Spirit Award
Elizabeth Schultz, gabby fluke-mogul, James Perley

This award is given to students for excellence in performance.

Donna Petersen Vocal Prize
Eva Steward

This award is given for excellence in vocal performance.

Public Policy
Public Policy Students of the Year
Sepi Aghadee, Scott Watkins, Suzanne Forsyth Doran

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

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

Sociology Student of the Year
Alía Hauwert

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
Blanca I. Aguirre Ramirez

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 I. Aguirre-Ramirez, Christin Bovis, Ana Laura Lopez, Rachel E. Patterson

For Spanish and Spanish American studies students who have a special interest in South American literature and culture.

Certificado de Honor
Rachel E. Patterson

Senior Class Theater Major Award for Dramatic Excellence
Sophia DiPaola, Rivianna Hyatt

For excellence in drama by senior theater studies majors.

Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Essay Prize
Queer Studies, Alison McPherson
Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Chloe Horsma

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

Zimmer Prize
Chloe Horsma

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
Octavia Sun
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 Advisor of the Year
Jared Young
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
Joyelle Baker, Rachel Patterson
This award is given to students for outstanding service to Mills College.

Cassie Colten, Gina DePaul, Mara Harwood, Emily Jerome, Geneva Lee, Danelis Padron, Rachel Patterson, Vanessa Salomon, Danielle Sherman, Emily Teraoka, Annie Wolf, Steena Wright
Founded in 1930, this distinctive honor society recognizes juniors and seniors who combine academic excellence with service to Mills.

Leadership Development Series
Kaerla Fellows, Madeline Hero, Larri Parms-Ford; Certificates of Recognition: Iona De La Torre, Dana Garza, Carmen Johnson, Lizzy Schultz, Anjele Underwood
Started in 2013, The Leadership Development Series is a series of leadership workshops and lectures that result in a leadership certificate upon completion. This certificate series is designed to enhance your self-awareness and help students gain leadership skills needed to make a difference.

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

Helen Carroll Award
Alisha Lemieux, Chicora Martin
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.

Patrice Griffin Aquatics Award
Christine Mumm, Morgan Leishman
Awarded to recognize outstanding enthusiasm and support for aquatic programs.

Coleen Gragen Award
Michelle deSousa Moore
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.

Elizabeth Rheem Stoner Award
Corvia Jones, Tayla Muise
Awarded to recognize outstanding contribution to the recreation program.

Ruth Masayko Award
Adrianna Hutchinson
Created by the Mills Disability Alliance, this award recognizes a staff or faculty member who has shown a unique willingness to accommodate students with disability needs.

Shirley Weishaar Award
Brooke Parker
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
Brittany Burnett
Awarded in honor of outstanding stewardship of the Mills College campus and for encouraging the local community to create sustainable practices.

Community Engagement Awards

Community Engagement (CE) Awards recognizes students, faculty or staff for their demonstrated leadership in working towards racial justice and intersecting causes and their exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/ or dignity for all people.

Emerging Leader of the Year
Tessa Kaput
This CE Award is awarded to a first year, sophomore, or new transfer student that has exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.

Junior Leader of the Year
Erin Clark
This CE Award is awarded to a junior student that has exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.

Senior Leader of the Year
Tiara Jackson
This CE Award is awarded to a senior student that has exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.

Student Organization of the Year
Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance
This CE Award recognizes a club/organization for their dedication to educating the Mills and broader community in support of the College’s and the ASMC’s mission.

Athlete of the Year
Graciela Olguin
This CE Award recognizes a student who has participated in sports at Mills and has initiated involvement working for solidarity and/or dignity for all people.

Artist of the Year
Sophia DiPaola
This CE Award recognizes a student who uses art as a medium for social change.

Community Service Leader of the Year
Steena Wright
This CE Award is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to serving the community by addressing racial justice and its intersecting causes.

Community Activism of the Year
Nazanin Szanto
This CE Award recognizes a student who actively works for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.

Staff Member of the Year
Sascha Brown
This CE Award recognizes a faculty member who has supported students through mentorship, guidance, and advocacy.

Faculty Member of the Year
Brinda Mehta
This CE Award recognizes a faculty member who has supported students through mentorship, guidance, and advocacy.

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