Top Academic Prizes Awarded to Six Yale Seniors

Six Yale College seniors were awarded prizes for superior academic work in their fields of study during Senior Class Day exercises on May 26.

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

The names of the award winners and their prizes follow.

Sarah Jane Caldwell of Timothy Dwight College - the James Andrew Haas Prize. This prize is presented each year to the senior “whose breadth of intellectual achievement, strength of character and fundamental humanity shall be adjudged by the faculty to have provided leadership for his or her fellow students, inspiring in them a love of learning and a concern for others.” Caldwell, who is from Derby, Kansas, had two majors: anthropology and ethnicity, race and migration.

David Matthews Weaver of Morse College - the Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize. The prize is awarded each year to the senior majoring in the humanities who ranks the highest in scholarship. Weaver, of Englewood, California, majored in film studies.

Jennifer H.J. Nou of Calhoun College - the Arthur Twining Hadley Prize. This prize is given to the graduating senior majoring in the social sciences who ranks the highest in scholarship. Nou, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, majored in two subjects: economics and political science. Nou also received the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize for her commitment to public service at the Class Day ceremony.

Tomer Posner of Timothy Dwight College - 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. Posner, who hails from Savyon, Israel, majored in biomedical engineering.

Tucker Smith Capps of Jonathan Edwards College - the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts. This prize is conferred each year upon a member of the senior class for distinguished work in the arts. Capps, from Portland, Oregon, majored in film studies.

Alan Evan Schoenfeld of Saybrook College - 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.” Schoenfeld, who is from Hewlett, New York, had two majors: comparative literature and African American Studies.

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