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2012-2013 University of Richmond Undergraduate Catalog

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Awards and Prizes

The Tanner Award, founded in 1882 by Colonel William E. Tanner of Richmond, in honor of his parents, John F. and Harriet L. Tanner, is given to the graduate most proficient in Greek.

The James D. Crump Prize, founded in 1893 by Mr. Crump, is given annually to a student for excellence in mathematics.

The J. Taylor Ellyson Award in History, established in 1912 by Lieutenant Governor J. Taylor Ellyson of Richmond, is given to the student in the Department of History who presents the best piece of original investigation on Virginia or Southern history.

The Charles T. Norman Awards, endowed by Mr. Norman in 1922, are given annually to the best graduate in English in Richmond College, and to the best graduate in Business Administration in the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, as determined by the appropriate faculty in each case.

The McAdams Prize  was established in 1930 by Colonel Thomas Branch McAdams of Baltimore, for the student in the junior class of Richmond College who has rendered the most outstanding service to the University and to his fellow students. It is awarded by vote of a committee of officials and student representatives.

The Samuel Chiles Mitchell Award, an annual cash prize in memory of Dr. Mitchell, is given to the best graduate in history in Richmond College. The award was established by Dr. Jacob Billikopf in 1948 and endowed in 1968 by Mrs. Billikopf.

The Clara Becker Epps and Lily Becker Epps Award, an annual cash prize, was established by the Alumnae of Richmond Female Institute - Woman?s College of Richmond in honor of Clara Becker Epps and Lily Becker Epps, to be given to the senior, preferably a descendant of an alumna of the R.F.I. - W.C.R. or of Westhampton College, for the outstanding four-year academic record at Westhampton College.

The Garnett Ryland Award in Chemistry, established in 1951 by friends, former students, and family of Dr. Ryland, is a cash prize given annually to the outstanding graduating student in Richmond College or Westhampton College majoring in chemistry.

The Robert Edward Loving Award in Physics, established in 1954 by the University of Richmond Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, is given each year to a senior in Richmond College or Westhampton College on the basis of general academic achievement and promise for advanced study in physics.

The University Mace Award, established in 1947 by a gift in honor of Douglas Southall Freeman, former rector of the University and member of the Board of Trustees. Recorded upon this mace in each successive year for a full century, beginning with the session of 1947-48, is the name of the outstanding student of the University of Richmond.

The Modern Foreign Languages Award, established in 1957 by the University of Richmond Foreign Film Society and friends, is a prize given annually to the outstanding seniors majoring in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (not more than one award in each language major).

The Willie M. Reams Award in Biology, established in 1969 by Dr. Willie M. Reams Jr. of Richmond in honor of his father, is given annually by vote of the Department of Biology faculty to the senior who shows outstanding achievement in biology and promise for advanced study.

The Spencer D. Albright Book Award, established in 1971 by friends and former students of Dr. Albright, under the sponsorship of Pi Sigma Alpha, is given annually to the outstanding graduate in the Department of Political Science.

The George Matthews Modlin Award for Student Book Collections, established in 1971 by the University faculty in honor of Dr. Modlin upon his retirement as president of the University, is given annually to the senior with the best personal library acquired while at the University.

The J. Stanton Pierce Award, established in 1971 by friends and former students of Dr. Pierce, is a cash prize given to a junior chemistry major who, in the opinion of the Department of Chemistry faculty, will most likely reflect credit on the University and the Department.

The Clarence J. Gray Achievement Awards for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership were established in 1973 by members of Richmond College Class of 1933, in honor and recognition of their classmate and his efforts over the years to encourage outstanding achievement in these fields. These awards, one each in Richmond College, Westhampton College, and the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, are given annually to the graduating senior in each division who is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa (or Beta Gamma Sigma) and Omicron Delta Kappa (or Mortar Board), as applicable, and who is adjudged to have the outstanding four-year record in scholarship and leadership at the University of Richmond. Recipients are selected by a committee of designated officials and student representatives.

The Clarence E. Denoon Scholarship Award in the Natural Sciences, established in 1974 by Dr. Clarence E. Denoon Jr. in memory of his father, is given annually to a senior for excellence in the natural sciences, as determined by the faculty of the science departments.

The Roy Jesson Music Prize, established in 1974 by the friends of Dr. Jesson, is a cash prize given annually to a student of music who excels in performing, conducting or composing.

The John Neasmith Dickinson Research Awards for Undergraduates, established in 1977 in memory of John Neasmith Dickinson by his family and friends, are awarded annually to a biology major and a psychology major to aid in carrying out research projects during the recipients senior year.

The Helen Reba Humbert Senior Award, established in 1977 in memory of Helen Reba Humbert by her family and friends, is given annually to a graduating senior man or woman on the basis of athletic, leadership and scholastic attributes.

The Philip Frederick Jr. Memorial Award in Art, established in 1981 by Ann P. Frederick, is awarded to a student in studio art or art history on the basis of character, ability and academic excellence as determined by the departmental chair and faculty of the Department of Art.

The Margaret L. Ross Award,  established in 1982 by a Westhampton College alumna in memory of Professor Margaret L. Ross, is awarded to the best all-around graduating senior in English in Westhampton College.

The James W. Jackson Award, established in 1983 in honor of James W. Jackson, the University's social science and documents librarian from 1974-1983, is awarded annually to the junior or senior student enrolled in an upper-division course who has completed the most outstanding research paper in education, health and sport science, history, political science, psychology, or sociology.

The Mary Madison Bowen Award, established in 1985 by Dr. J. Van Bowen in memory of his mother, a Westhampton College alumna, is given annually to the graduate most proficient in Latin.

The Priscilla Poteat Humbert Award, established in 1985 in memory of Priscilla Poteat Humbert by the Department of Health and Sport Science and friends, is awarded annually to a graduating student who exemplifies qualities of humanitarianism, leadership and scholarship.

The E. Bruce Heilman Leadership Award, established in 1986 by the undergraduate student government associations, is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding character and leadership in service to the University.

The James A. Sartain Award, established in 1986 by the Department of Sociology in memory of Dr. James A. Sartain, professor of sociology from 1963-1986, is awarded to the sociology student who best exemplifies the qualities personified by Dr. Sartain: scholarship, humanitarianism, integrity and commitment to the ideals of the University.

The Frances W. Gregory Award, established in 1987 in honor of Dr. Frances W. Gregory, professor of history from 1950-1980, is a cash prize awarded to the best graduating senior in history in Westhampton College. Nominations for the award are initiated by the faculty of the Department of History.

The Joseph C. Robert Award for Achievement in Scholarship and Leadership, established in 1987 by the Department of History in honor of Dr. Joseph C. Robert, professor of history from 1961-1971, is awarded to a graduating history major for outstanding scholarship and leadership in the department and University. Nominations for the award are initiated by the faculty of the Department of History.

The Lynn C. Dickerson Award, established in 1988 by Dr. Lynn C. Dickerson, is awarded to the outstanding graduating senior in the Department of Religion as determined by the faculty of the Department of Religion.

The Robert F. Smart Award in Biology, established in 1988 by Dr. Robert F. Smart, is awarded by the Department of Biology faculty to the Richmond College or Westhampton College junior or senior biology major for the most outstanding research proposal for summer research.

The Jackson J. Taylor Best Senior Seminar in Physics Award, established in 1989 in honor of Professor Jackson Johnson Taylor, professor of physics from 1948-1986, by the Taylor and Hesch children to recognize the student judged by the faculty of the Department of Physics to have presented the best senior seminar.

The Bobby Chandler Awards in Art and Music, established in 1989 by Mr. Homer H. "Kip" Kephart in memory of Mr. Bobby Chandler, are cash prizes awarded each to an outstanding art major and to an outstanding music major as selected respectively by the faculty of the Department of Art and by the faculty of the Department of Music.

The Computer Science Prize, established in 1990 by Mary Church Kent and Joseph F. Kent, is a cash prize awarded annually to the outstanding graduate in computer science as determined by the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The Philip R. Hart Prize, established in 1991 by friends and former students of Dr. Hart, awarded by the Department of Religion to an undergraduate student whose scholarly attainment in the study of religion and achievement in student leadership stand in the tradition of those contributions and commitments of Professor Hart.

The Renée Elmore Memorial Scholarship, established in 1993 in memory of Miss Renée Elmore by the Class of 1993 and her parents and friends, supports current and future University of Richmond students in their progress toward graduation. This scholarship is unique in that students wrote the criteria, raised the money, and select the recipient each year. Miss Elmore would have graduated with the Class of 1993.

The James MacGregor Burns Award, established in 1994 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson Jr., is given to a graduating senior in recognition of his or her accomplishments as a student in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. The winner of the award has demonstrated an outstanding grasp of knowledge associated with leadership studies; excelled in his or her studies at the University generally; has been actively involved in service to the school University, and community; shown an ability to generalize and apply leadership theory and research in unique and imaginative ways; and has displayed the capacity to both lead others and help others lead themselves.

The Hesch Award, established in 1995 by the family of Dr. C.J. Hesch, is awarded annually to an outstanding student who has made significant contributions to the music department through participation in ensembles, applied lessons and/or classes.

The R. E. Loving Book Awards, granted annually by the Epsilon Chapter of Virginia of Phi Beta Kappa, are presented to the student from Richmond College and the student from Westhampton College with the best academic records based upon the first four semesters of work.

The Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Key is awarded annually by the Delta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi to the senior student pursuing a degree in the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business who has attained the highest average for the two years of collegiate work.

The Ernst & Young Awards are given to the outstanding junior and senior in accounting.

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Award is given to the outstanding graduate in accounting.

The Wall Street Journal Award is presented annually by the Finance Department of the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business to a graduating senior in recognition of sustained interest and scholarly achievement in business.

The William L. Lumpkin Track Leadership Award, established in 1997 in memory of Dr. William L. Lumpkin by University of Richmond alumni on the 1948-49 cross country team coached by Dr. Lumpkin, awarded to an undergraduate member of the track team based on outstanding academic and athletic performance and citizenship.

The Robert L. Taylor Award for Excellence in Economics, established in 1997 in memory of Robert L. Taylor by Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Taylor Jr. and their children, Rachel and Rebecca, awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates academic excellence through the highest overall grade point average in economics.

The Austin E. Grigg and Helen W. Grigg Award for Excellence in Psychology, established in 1998 in memory of Austin E. Grigg and Helen W. Grigg by their son and friends, awarded to the graduate who best combines academic excellence, leadership, and outstanding promise in the field psychology.

The Robert J. Filer Award, established in 1985 in honor of Dr. Robert J. Filer, professor of psychology from 1953-1985, this cash prize is awarded to the graduating master of arts student in the department of psychology who has attained the highest overall academic average.

The Thomas West Gregory Award, established in 1994, in memory of Thomas West Gregory, a member of the English faculty, who served as the advisor to majors interested in teaching. Awarded to an outstanding senior who is a candidate for teacher licensure in English.

The Valerie Kay Hardy English Essay Award, established in 2004 by a gift in memory of Valerie Kay Hardy A '01.

Dr. Leonard S. Goldberg Award for Good Citizenship, established in 2006 in honor of Dr. Leonard S. Goldberg vice president for student development at the University for nineteen years. Awarded to a senior who has held a student leadership role and has been instrumental in program development and fostering school pride.

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