Top Academic Prizes Awarded to Five Yale Seniors

Five Yale College seniors were awarded prizes for superior academic work in their fields of study during Senior Class Day, May 21.

Richard Brodhead, dean of Yale College, presented the awards during the ceremony on the Old Campus.

The names of the award winners and their prizes follow:

Paul Buettner Berry of Calhoun College – the Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize. The prize is presented each year to the senior majoring in the humanities who ranks the highest in scholarship. Berry, a resident of Rochester, N.Y., majored in music and humanities. A musician and vocalist, he has accumulated 31 grades of straight A.

Michael Leo Frazer – the Arthur Twining Hadley Prize. This prize is awarded to the graduating senior majoring in the social sciences who ranks the highest in scholarship. Frazer, who is from Bronx, N.Y., majored in ethics, politics and economics. He earned 33 grades of straight A.

Samuel Sze Ming Ieong – the Russell Henry Chittenden Prize. The prize is awarded to the senior majoring in the natural sciences or mathematics who ranks the highest in scholarship. Ieong, who is from Hong Kong, graduates with a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science and also majored in economics. He completed 43 course credits at Yale, 40 of them with grades of straight A.

Sophie Sing Shao – the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in Arts. This prize is conferred each year upon a member of the senior class for distinguished work in the arts. Shao, from Houston, Texas, is a cellist of international renown and has amassed a substantial body of work that is as distinguished for its variety as for the quality of its content.

Brian Norman Lizotte – the Alpheus Henry Snow Prize. The award is given to a graduating senior who “through the combination of intellectual achievement, character and personality … has done the most for Yale by inspiring in his or her classmates an admiration and love for the best traditions of high scholarship.” Lizotte, who is from Woodbridge, Conn., earned combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology.

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