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Ricky Holder, 4th year public policy student and Navy veteran, has been named Marshall Scholar. He aims to reform the US foster care system and will pursue a MPhil in comparative social policy at the University of Oxford beginning fall 2023 - see full UChicago announcements here and here

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Honors and Awards | 2021-22

2022 Richard P. Taub Thesis Prize (Public Policy)

Uma Balachandran | Laura Chen | Daniel Green | Ashley Wu

Honoring Richard P. Taub, the founder of the undergraduate Public Policy Studies program, the Taub Thesis Prize is awarded each May to students majoring in PBPL whose BA theses reflect original and extensive research and exceptional writing.

2022 Charles M. Payne Thesis Prize (Education and Society)

Lily Zheng

This prize is awarded for the best undergraduate thesis that investigates topics in education research. The winning thesis exemplifies the highest qualities of originality, disciplinary rigor, and relevance to the cause of improving education, broadly conceived.

2022 Pozen Center’s Prize for Best BA Thesis on Race and Human Rights

Christina Howard

The Pozen Center awards a $1,000 cash Prize for Best BA Thesis on Race and Human Rights to the best BA essay submitted on any topic at the intersection of race, structural racism, and human rights in the United States or globally.

2022 George V. Bobrinskoy Award

Karina Holbrook

The George V. Bobrinskoy Award is conferred upon graduating seniors in the College for “excellence in the study of Slavic languages and literatures.” Established in 1970 and first awarded the following year, the prize honors an emeritus professor in the Department of Linguistics who had an important role in the establishment of the Russian program at the University of Chicago. Professor Bobrinskoy was one of the first teachers of Russian at the University. The Bobrinskoy Award is presented at the Slavic Spring Undergraduate Reception held near the end of Spring Quarter. Seniors graduating in Slavic Languages and Literatures that quarter are eligible for nomination. Slavic department faculty selects the awardees based on academic honors and B.A. paper submitted.

Additional Award Winners |

For more details, visit the College Honors and Awards:

Bridge Builder Award

  • Murphy DePompei

Campus Life and Leadership Award

  • Anna Selbrede

David L. Fulton Prizes for Orchestral Excellence

  • Emma Van Lieshout

Edith Ballwebber Prize

  • Klaire Steffen

Gertrude Dudley Medal

  • Isabel Maletich

Howell Murray Alumni Association Award

  • Bridget Patterson
  • Ro Redfern-Taube
  • Klaire Steffens

Mary Jean Mulvaney Scholar Athlete Award

  • Ben Sarasin
  • Anna Kenig-Ziesler

Women's Athletic Association and Order of the C Most Valuable Player Awards

  • Isabel Maletich
  • Klaire Steffens

Wrobel Trophy

  • Ben Sarasin

Student Publications

Danielle Schmidt, AB'19

Our distinguished Taub Prize winner Danielle Schmidt, BA'19. Danielle's PBPL Thesis was published on the peer-reviewed journal "Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science” (August 2020). Danielle began research on her thesis in the spring of her junior year, driving out to rural parts of Illinois, and developing relationships with librarians so that she could build a snowball sample of individuals who came into the library to use the internet.

The boots-on-the-ground work she did to track down and recruit a hard-to-access interview sample was formidable. She completed a total of 51 interviews with a combination of rural Illinois residents who are insufficiently connected to the internet, public library and service provider employees, and advocacy experts who are working to address the so-called digital divide.

The work that Danielle did on her senior thesis was incredible, and in the spring of 2019 she was awarded the Richard P. Taub thesis prize—an award given to the 3 best theses in our department of about 140 graduating students. As of Fall 2020, Danielle Schmidt is a PhD student in the sociology department at the University of Wisconsin.

Danielle is motivated by a sincere desire to produce research that makes real-world change around systemic inequality and we look forward to following her career. 

Read Danielle's research.

Jessica Mora, AB'20

Our recent graduate, Jessica Mora, published "Spread Your Wings and FLI: How to Effectively Navigate College as a First-Generation, Low-Income Student" this April. The book draws upon her BA research and provides guidance on many aspects of the FLI students' experience. We hosted Jessica on May 13, 2021 to talk about her work on her thesis and her book. You can watch her conversation with Prof. Sorcha Brophy and hear more from Jessica on the College News story featuring her work.

Read "College alum writes guidebook for first-generation, low-income students."