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 23.

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

Silas Eamon Meredith of Branford 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.” Meredith majored in history.

Raisa Adah Rexer of Timothy Dwight 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. Rexer majored in humanities.

Andrew David Klaber of Trumbull 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. Klaber earned distinction in both his majors: ethics, politics & economics, and international studies.

Prescott Davis Murphy of Calhoun 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. Murphy majored in chemistry.

Kathryn Brittany Whalen of Branford 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. Whalen was recognized for her accomplishments in filmmaking.

Rebecca Katherine Hunter of Jonathan Edwards 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.” Hunter earned distinction in English.

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