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Student Academic Awards

THE PETER C. BAXTER MEMORIAL PRIZE IN AMERICAN STUDIES

Recipient: Alexandra Domrongchai

Established in 1972, this award honors the outstanding senior in the Department of American Studies. Presented in memory of Peter Baxter, a student of American Studies, the prize is awarded to the undergraduate in that discipline who best exemplifies Mr. Baxter’s intellectual excellence, personal warmth, and contribution to the American Studies Program.


“To demonstrate her deservedness, I share some words from a senior faculty member who taught her in two classes: “Ali is one of the smartest undergraduates I have had the opportunity to work with. I have worked with many students over the years, but seldom have I seen a student take all of my comments on their work so seriously. It was clear from the beginning that her peers looked to her for leadership and insight.” Ali’s intellectual excellence, personal warmth, and contributions to American Studies make her richly deserving of this honor.”

THE BERNARD BOYD MEMORIAL PRIZE

Recipient: Daniela Rodriguez

This award was established in 1979 by the Department of Religious Studies in memory of Bernard Boyd, James A. Gray Professor of Biblical Literature from 1950 to 1975. A monetary prize is presented annually to the member of the senior class majoring in Religious Studies who has been selected by a faculty committee as most outstanding in academic achievement.


“Daniela who will be a 2022 graduate was selected because of her stellar work across a wide range of Religious Studies courses, as well as her dedicated work toward forming the RELI student club. Multiple faculty noted her conscientiousness and enthusiasm for the field of Religious Studies.”

THE ARCHIBALD HENDERSON MATHEMATICS MEDAL

Recipient: Austin Blitstein

The Major William B. Cain Award was established in 1908, and its name was changed in 1931 to the Archibald Henderson Mathematics Medal. A medal may be presented annually to the undergraduate judged by the Department of Mathematics to have demonstrated both a high degree of mathematical ability and the greatest promise of originality in the field.


“The Department of Mathematics has selected Austin Blitstein as the winner of the 2022 Archibald Henderson Mathematics Medal. Although a senior, Austin’s course load is effectively that of a graduate student; among other things, he is taking the core courses in methods of applied mathematics from the graduate program, pursuing two honors theses, and is currently writing his first manuscript on the mechanism for the orbital quantization of walking droplets, which will be submitted to PRL in February.”

THE WALLACE RAY PEPPERS AWARD IN PERFORMANCE OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE

Recipient: Janae Gamara

This award was established in 1987 in honor of a professor in the Department of Communication. His teaching in the field of African and African-American literature and personal influence and example inspired his students in academic and cultural endeavors. It is given annually to the junior or senior in that department who is judged by a faculty committee to be most outstanding in the performance of African and African-American literature.


“Janae Gamara is a remarkable student, artist and collaborator displays a deep appreciation of African-American literature, lives and culture. In ensemble-based projects, she helps her fellow students (particularly those new to performance) find their footing in the unfamiliar landscape of critical performance practice. Her leadership in collaborative creation is particularly striking because she does not simply take control of the direction of the work, but rather works to foster the original voices of her peers and their artistic and political potential.”

THE JAMES M. JOHNSTON DISTINGUISHED SENIOR AWARD IN THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Recipient: David Gonzalez

This award, established in 1975, recognizes the senior student in the Johnston Undergraduate Program who is most deserving of recognition for outstanding academic achievement and for leadership contributions to the University and the Johnston Awards Program.


“David Gonzales has been an active and visible member of the UNC Scholars Program and the campus community. He has served on the Johnston Teaching Awards Committee and has represented the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid and the University as a UNC Scholarship Ambassador.”

THE JAMES M. JOHNSTON DISTINGUISHED SENIOR AWARD IN THE NURSING PROGRAM

Recipient: Abigail Courter

This award, established in 1975, recognizes the graduating Nursing student and Johnston Scholarship Recipient who is most deserving of recognition for outstanding academic achievement and for leadership contributions in the School of Nursing.


“Abigail has distinguished herself as a phenomenal student who is an exceptional academic performer, a strong leader within nursing student organizations, and an active volunteer in the community, especially via the SHAC (local free clinic run by students across all Health Affairs schools).”

THE JACQUES HARDRÉ UNDERGRADUATE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FRENCH

Recipient: Kelsey Rappe

Established in 1989, this certificate and monetary prize are presented annually by the Department of Romance Languages to an undergraduate whose work in French language and literature has been judged most outstanding by a faculty committee. It was established in honor of Jacques Hardré, past Chair of the Department of Romance Languages.


“Kelsey Rappe is a double major in Public Policy and French & Francophone Studies and a minor in. She has distinguished herself among her peers through her near perfect GPA of 3.981 and her challenging study abroad experience in Montpellier in spring 2020. Her consistently excellent work in all her classes, her creativity, thoughtful papers, and stimulating participation were noticed by the colleagues in French & Francophone Studies. They agree that Kelsey combines intellectual curiosity with a candid approach to the topics that she addresses in her academic curriculum.”

THE STERLING A. STOUDEMIRE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SPANISH

Recipient: Oscar Laserra

This certificate and monetary prize are awarded annually to a senior who has excelled in Spanish. It was established in 1974 by friends and former students of Sterling Aubrey Stoudemire in recognition of his fifty years as a teacher of Spanish and other services to the University, including Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Chairman of the Faculty Committee on Buildings and Grounds.


“Oscar has a perfect 4.0 GPA in the Hispanic Literatures and Cultures major. He has been a recipient of important awards such as the Human Rights Ambassador’s Award Spring 2019, the President’s Volunteer Service Award Spring 2019, and several UNC academic scholarships. Oscar has been volunteering as a Spanish interpreter at the Shac Clinic since Spring 2021. Furthermore, he has tutored over 15 students in elementary Spanish courses.”

THE RIA STAMBAUGH UNDERGRADUATE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GERMAN

Recipient: Tracy Ridley

Established in 1987, this award recognizes the graduating student majoring in Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, judged to have achieved the most distinguished academic record in German language and literature. This monetary prize is awarded by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and is made possible by memorial contributions of friends and relatives of Ria Stambaugh, Professor of German from 1963 to 1984.


“Tracy Ridley is one of our top students in German Studies, with a GPA of 3.755. He is a regular participant in departmental events, and he helped organize a symposium on Europe and multiculturalism. He is also currently taking a graduate seminar with Professor Priscilla Layne. Given his academic performance, his commitment to German and his exemplary departmental citizenship, the faculty of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures has chosen David as this year’s recipient of the Ria Stambaugh Award for Excellence in German.”

THE CAMÕES PRIZE IN PORTUGUESE

Recipient: Meghan Foster

The Camões Prize in Portuguese is awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate in Portuguese. This prize was established in 1975 with a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. The award consists of a certificate and a monetary prize.


“Meghan Foster has a 4.0 GPA and has been a superlative student in Portuguese.. Her wide-ranging life experience has been a benefit to every class of which she has been a member and contributes to her understanding of the experiences of others. She studied abroad in Aveiro, Portugal for a semester. She petitioned to stay when students were sent home due to the pandemic and was able to remain in Portugal to finish her semester, revealing her determination and dedication to her study of Portuguese language and culture.”

THE MARY TURNER LANE AWARD IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

Recipient: Amy Estrada

This award honors a senior, from any discipline, judged by the faculty in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies to have made an outstanding contribution through original scholarship and/or creative production on gender and feminist issues. Its purpose is to further academic research in the expanding field of Women’s and Gender Studies, which was established on the campus in 1978 by Mary Turner Lane, a tireless feminist, advocate, and educator.


“The 2022 Mary Turner Lane Award Committee is pleased to select Amy Estrada as this year’s recipient for her paper ““Ser Hermana Mayor”: Sister, Mother, and Child,” addressing the roles and responsibilities of eldest Latinx daughters. We were impressed with her data collection and nuanced understanding of the power structures and subject matter. We recognize the self-reflexive nature of the paper as well as Estrada’s strong writing skills.”

THE PAUL DEBRECZENY PRIZE IN SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Recipient: David Green

This award, established in 1999, is presented to the graduating student majoring in Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures whose work in Central Europe, Russian or Slavic studies, is judged most outstanding by the Slavic and East European faculty of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. The prize honors the late Professor Paul Debreczeny, a founding member of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, which merged with the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in 2011. Professor Debreczeny was deeply committed to quality undergraduate education.


“As a Germanic and Slavic major concentrating in Russian Language and Culture, David has developed a nuanced and critical understanding of Russian culture, history, and politics; as a participant in the federally funded UNC Russian Flagship Program. David has taken and passed a battery of tests conducted by the global Institute of International Education (IIE) to obtain Advanced Proficiency Certification in Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening.”

THE ALBERT SUSKIN PRIZE IN LATIN

Recipient: Justin Evangelisto

Established in 1966 by his colleagues and friends, this award is in memory of Albert I. Suskin, Professor of Latin from 1953 to 1965 and Chairman of the Department of Classics from 1960 to 1965. A monetary award is offered annually to the undergraduate who shows the best ability to understand Latin poetry and to translate selected passages at sight.


“Justin Evangelisto, a junior majoring in Information and Library Science and in History, and minoring in Latin is this year’s recipient.”

THE ALBERT SUSKIN PRIZE IN LATIN

Recipient: Wei ‘Danise’ Wu

Established in 1966 by his colleagues and friends, this award is in memory of Albert I. Suskin, Professor of Latin from 1953 to 1965 and Chairman of the Department of Classics from 1960 to 1965. A monetary award is offered annually to the undergraduate who shows the best ability to understand Latin poetry and to translate selected passages at sight.


“Danise Wu, a senior majoring in Classics, is the recipient from the postponed 2022 ceremony.”

THE ALEXANDER JULIAN PRIZE

Recipient: Jason Lord

Fashion designer Alexander Julian, Class of 1969, established this award in 1985. The art department gives the award to an undergraduate student exhibiting an outstanding sense of design, which the faculty interprets as a mature integration of formal issues and content. The award is given to the undergraduate who the faculty believes has done the most outstanding work in studio art.


“Jason Lord, who studies fine arts and is an Honors Student in the Department of Art and Art History, was selected for the Alexander Julian Prize in Art in 2022, as a nomination that recognizes an outstanding sense of design and exemplary artistic practice in the Department. His mixed media and found compositions depict a desire to transcend disciplinary boundaries and govern new systems for re-mapping spaces, both socially and geographically”

THE L. RICHARDSON PREYER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Recipient: Maya Schroder

Established in 2002, this award is given to a senior judged by a committee of the faculty to have established the most distinguished record of scholarship in Political Science and service to the community.


“Maya is a senior Political Science and Economics major with a 3.95 GPA. Maya has significant research experience in political science, including a senior honors thesis and a research fellowship at the USC Security and Political Economy Lab. Outside of the classroom, May has been active in several community service activities, including work with Musical Empowerment.”

THE ROBERT B. HOUSE MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY

Recipient: Benjamin Humphries

This award in poetry honors the first chancellor of the University, a writer and friend of the literary arts. A cash prize is presented annually to a graduating senior who has done distinguished work in poetry. The recipient is selected by faculty members in the Creative Writing Program.


“Ben Humphries is a poet from Cary. He is double majoring in Computer Science and English and Comparative Literature, and minoring in Creative Writing. Like the other excellent students in his two-semester senior Honors in Poetry Writing class, he has just completed a thousand-line book-length thesis collection of original poems.”

THE PATRICK F. EAREY AWARD

Recipient: Emma Dums

Established by the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, the award honors the late Patrick Earey, a distinguished member of its faculty. Dr. Earey taught in the department from 1957 to 1987 and served as varsity swim coach from 1957 to 1975. This award is given to a member of the graduating class who has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and leadership. The recipient is selected by a committee of faculty members and students from the department.


“Emma Dums is a senior Exercise and Sport Science major, Chemistry and Neuroscience Minor. She is currently working on a senior honors thesis using advanced neuroimaging to study mild traumatic brain injury through her work as a Jenner Carey Bryan Undergraduate Fellow in the Matthew Gfeller Center. She is a member of the club gymnastics team, a peer mentor and community manager for residential life. Emma was selected for this award due to her dedication to the EXSS department, her leadership roles in the community, and academic achievement.”

THE UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE IN ECONOMICS

Recipient: Brady Smith

This award has been established by the Department of Economics to honor excellence in economic studies. It is given annually to the undergraduate majoring in economics that is judged to be the most outstanding based on performance in major and related courses.


“Brady Smith is an exceptional student who has taken many challenging Economics courses and excelled in all of them. He is writing an Honors Thesis in Economics and has also conducted undergraduate research with a professor. Brady has been a peer tutor in the Economics department for two years. Brady plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.”

THE McNALLY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GEOGRAPHY

Recipient: Kate Milner

This award, a monetary prize and an international atlas, is given annually to a graduating senior who is selected by the geography faculty based on superior academic performance. The award was established by Andrew McNally IV, Class of 1963.


“Kate Milner is a Geography-Sociology double major and minor in Social and Economic Justice. She has achieved the highest GPA in the Department of Geography and has been on the Dean’s List every semester at Carolina. Kate is a force for social good on campus serving as the president of the UNC Initiative on Poverty and Inequality and managing publicity for UNC Menstrual Health Equity. Kate contributes to the Chapel Hill community through her volunteer work at Habitat for Humanity, PORCH, the Community Empowerment Fund, and SMART Mentor Program.”

THE HAMPTON SHUPING PRIZE

Recipient: Drew Acquaye

The Hampton Shuping Prize shall be given to the graduating senior at UNC-Chapel Hill who is the outstanding undergraduate majoring in business, not only in academic achievement, but in integrity, honor and leadership potential; who shows concern for ethical management of the American business enterprise; and who respects the labor and the commitment of the individual as instrumental to the success of the organization and the free enterprise system.


“Drew has been an outstanding friend, classmate, and peer during my time at Kenan-Flagler. Not only he is a great student in the classroom but is someone that can bring people together and get them motivated for a cause. Drew is able to get along with anyone–being humble is just a part of his personality. Leadership comes naturally to him, making everyone around him feel welcome, and his hard-working nature allows him to succeed.”

THE HOWARD W. ODUM UNDERGRADUATE SOCIOLOGY AWARD

Recipient: Kayla Cook

This award was established in 1968 in memory of Howard W. Odum, who founded the Department of Sociology. The award is presented annually to the senior who is judged most outstanding by the department’s faculty on the basis of academic performance.


“We are recognizing Kayla Cook with this award based on her academic excellence, her insightful work as a research assistant on faculty research projects, and her exceptional senior honors thesis. She received highest honors for her honors thesis, “Feeling Right with God: The Emotional Socialization of Children in Evangelical Christian and Secular Elementary Schools.” Kayla has been an outstanding student and colleague in the Department of Sociology.”

THE LOUIS D. RUBIN, JR. PRIZE IN CREATIVE WRITING

Recipient: Lucas Thornton

Established in 1987, this award honors a distinguished professor emeritus of English and scholar of southern American literature whose work with talented undergraduates in creative writing was widely appreciated. A monetary award is presented annually to the outstanding fiction writer in the senior class.


“Lucas Kennedy Thornton of Teachey, N.C., is a member of the Senior Honors in Fiction 2021-22 capstone seminar, where he is adept at exploring both historical and contemporary dramatic situations, especially those giving significant voice to the people and insights into the world of his native southeastern North Carolina.”

THE PAUL E. SHEARIN OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD IN PHYSICS (Recipient 1)

Recipient: Zelong Yin

This award, established by W.E. Haisley, Professor Emeritus of Physics, honors Paul E. Shearin, Professor of Physics, member of the faculty for 36 years, and for 12 years Chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. A monetary award is given to the member of the senior class majoring in Physics who is judged most outstanding on criteria of scholarship, scientific insight and professional seriousness. The recipient is selected by the departmental faculty from candidates nominated by the undergraduate major advisors.


“Zelong Yin was selected by the departmental faculty from candidates nominated by the undergraduate major advisors and is one of this year’s Shearin Award recipients.”

THE PAUL E. SHEARIN OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD IN PHYSICS (Recipient 2)

Recipient: Austin Blitstein

This award, established by W.E. Haisley, Professor Emeritus of Physics, honors Paul E. Shearin, Professor of Physics, member of the faculty for 36 years, and for 12 years Chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. A monetary award is given to the member of the senior class majoring in Physics who is judged most outstanding on criteria of scholarship, scientific insight and professional seriousness. The recipient is selected by the departmental faculty from candidates nominated by the undergraduate major advisors.


“Austin Blistein was selected by the departmental faculty from candidates nominated by the undergraduate major advisors and is one of this year’s Shearin Award recipients.”

THE MARC ADAM EISDORFER AWARD IN LINGUISTICS (Recipient 1)

Recipient: Safiatu Bamba

This award was established in 1998 by Sandra Eisdorfer in memory of her son, Marc Adam Eisdorfer, a graduate of the class of 1984. It recognizes the senior judged most outstanding in academic achievement in Linguistics.


“Safia Bamba has been a stellar and engaged student in all of her classes. The faculty note the depth of her work and participation in research opportunities including an Honor’s Thesis and a final project that led to a conference submission.”

THE MARC ADAM EISDORFER AWARD IN LINGUISTICS (Recipient 2)

Recipient: Christina Oh

This award was established in 1998 by Sandra Eisdorfer in memory of her son, Marc Adam Eisdorfer, a graduate of the class of 1984. It recognizes the senior judged most outstanding in academic achievement in Linguistics.


“Christina Oh has been one of the top students in her linguistics classes with a spark and enthusiasm that have impressed many faculty. She has participated in Independent Study Research and produced an “astoundingly mature piece of undergraduate research and evaluation”

THE VENABLE MEDAL (Recipient 1)

Recipient: Dalal Azzam

The Venable Medal was established in 1955 by Rho Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma and is presented annually by members of that professional chemistry fraternity to the two most outstanding seniors majoring in chemistry. Two medals are awarded. The selection of one recipient is based on scholastic and academic work within the chemistry program. The other is based on outstanding academic work, character, and outstanding contributions to the University community and to chemistry. The awards bear the name of Francis Preston Venable, chemistry professor from 1880 to 1930 and president of the University from 1900 to 1914.


“Dalal was selected as a Venable Medalist based on her outstanding academic performance, her strong performance in research, her commitment to mentorship, and her leadership in the Carolina. Dalal is someone who encourages others to be more proactive and is vocal in advocating for change and empowers individuals to make STEM fields more inclusive. There is no student on this campus who better embodies the spirit of the Venable Medal or has better represented UNC Chemistry than Dalal Azzam.”

THE VENABLE MEDAL (Recipient 2)

Recipient: Jessie Ille

The Venable Medal was established in 1955 by Rho Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma and is presented annually by members of that professional chemistry fraternity to the two most outstanding seniors majoring in chemistry. Two medals are awarded. The selection of one recipient is based on scholastic and academic work within the chemistry program. The other is based on outstanding academic work, character, and outstanding contributions to the University community and to chemistry. The awards bear the name of Francis Preston Venable, chemistry professor from 1880 to 1930 and president of the University from 1900 to 1914.


“Jesse was selected as a Venable medalist based on her outstanding academic and research performance. Jesse is an exceptional student and is carrying a 3.997 GPA. Even when Jesse was carrying the maximum allowed class load, she was finding a way to get in the lab. She has a bottomless work ethic, motivation, and ambition.”

THE VENABLE MEDAL (Recipient 3)

Recipient: Rinco Wang

The Venable Medal was established in 1955 by Rho Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma and is presented annually by members of that professional chemistry fraternity to the two most outstanding seniors majoring in chemistry. Two medals are awarded. The selection of one recipient is based on scholastic and academic work within the chemistry program. The other is based on outstanding academic work, character, and outstanding contributions to the University community and to chemistry. The awards bear the name of Francis Preston Venable, chemistry professor from 1880 to 1930 and president of the University from 1900 to 1914.


“Rinco was selected as a Venable medalist based on her outstanding academic and research performance. She has a GPA of 3.98 and is exploring the secondary structure of desiccation tolerance proteins from tardigrades by using attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Rinco will earn authorship on at least two high-impact manuscripts.”

THE WORTH AWARD

Recipient: Rajeev Dutta

Established in 1883, this award was given annually in the Department of Philosophy through 1919. Reinstituted in 1977 by the department, this oldest academic award, based on course performance and faculty recommendation, is given for sustained excellence in undergraduate study of philosophy.


“Raj is a double major in Neuroscience and Philosophy. His merits include a stellar GPA of 3.938 and the completion of an excellent Honors Thesis in philosophy which earned him Highest Honors. Raj has continuously impressed instructors in the department with the quality of his written work, his insightful and creative ideas, and his contributions in the classroom. Outside the classroom, Raj almost single-handedly reviving the Undergraduate Philosophy Club and finishing the (then) abandoned Philosophy Undergraduate Journal (Aperto Animo).”

THE IRVINE R. HAGADORN AWARD

Recipient: Carolyn Hsu

Established in 1983, the Hagadorn Award is given to an outstanding rising senior Biology major. The recipient is selected on the basis of academic achievement, excellence in biology research and contributions to the Biology Department. This award was established in honor of Dr. Irvine Hagadorn, former Chair of the Department of Zoology at UNC.


“A committee of five faculty unanimously decided that Carolyn Hsu should receive the award based on her academic performance, undergraduate Honors research, and Service to the Department. Her academic performance is remarkable: she has a cumulative GPA of 3.986, with a perfect 4.0 in Biology. She provided a clear and very impressive description of her project. She has already accomplished a remarkable amount and should have an exceptional Honors thesis. Finally, she has already provided exceptional service to our Department and its students through her work as both a BIOL202 peer mentor and a BIOL202 undergraduate TA.”

THE DONALD T. LYSLE AWARD

Recipient: Shivam Bhargava

This award is for an undergraduate student majoring in either psychology or neuroscience and who has made exemplary service contributions. This award honors Dr. Donald T. Lysle who has served as Chair since 2007.  Aside from his great service as Chair of a large department, he is known, in particular, for his compassion for others. Thus, it is fitting that the award which honors Dr. Lysle is an award which recognizes those who show exceptional concern and service for others.


“Shivam is a Senior Neuroscience major graduating in May whose passions for social justice, advocacy, and service have pushed him to not only become a servant leader but to seek out service in every facet of his life. After he graduates this May, Shivam is looking forward to taking his experiences in service and advocacy and making an impact in the next community that he joins. The search committee was incredibly impressed with the wide berth of service Shivam engaged in, as well as his high level of involvement in each of the organizations.”

THE CAZEL PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN HISTORY

Recipient: Allison Holbrooks

The Cazel Prize in History recognizes an outstanding senior who has excelled in the study of history, contributed to the life of the History department, and shown a profound commitment to the values of the historical discipline.


“Allison Holbrooks, a 2021-2022 Senior Honors Thesis student in History, has served on the Undergraduate Studies Committee in History, has assumed a leadership role in the student-run History Undergraduate Association (HUA), and has additionally assisted Professor Klaus Larres with the management of the Krasno Lecture Series. She has also worked for the Daily Tarheel and published in the Carolina Political Review. These are the sort of qualities and activities recognized by the Cazel Prize for excellence in the discipline of History, inside and outside of the classroom.”

THE GEORGE H. COCOLAS PHARMACY STUDENT BODY AWARD

Recipient: Chris Parish

This award was established in 1948 and renamed in 1998 in honor of Dr. George Cocolas, retired associate dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. It recognizes a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated the highest qualities of character, deportment, scholarship, professionalism, participation in extracurricular activities, and promise of future distinction in the profession of pharmacy. The award is given by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Student Senate and the recipient is selected by the graduating class. Student Senate and the recipient is selected by the graduating class.


“Since arriving on campus, Chris’s dedication to bettering the student experience and serving others has been beyond compare. Chris served as Senate President and was a leader in navigating our student body through the difficult times like the peak COVID. His involvement goes beyond his leadership roles, being a member of Rho Chi, SCCP, Student Senate, RAP, PDC, PLS, was a UNC Heme/Onc intern, and many more. Beyond UNC, Chris created the PSLN (or pharmacy student leaders network) where leaders across the country at pharmacy school have been able to come together and learn from each other.”

THE EBEN ALEXANDER PRIZE IN GREEK

(Recipient 1)

Recipient: Yuhao Zhou

Established in 1887, this award is bestowed by the family of Dr. Eben Alexander, Sr. A monetary award is presented annually to the undergraduates who, in the opinion of the faculty of the Classics Department, presents the best rendering into English of selected passages of Greek not previously read.


“The Classics Department’s Alexander Eben Prize in Greek is awarded annually, based on a specially administered examination, to the undergraduate student who presents the best rendering in English of selected passages of Greek. The award for 2022 goes to Yuhao Zhou for his accurate translations of passages from Xenophon’s Hellenica and Euripides’ Electra. Yuhao is a senior majoring in Statistics and Computer Science with a minor in Classics.”

THE EBEN ALEXANDER PRIZE IN GREEK

(Recipient 2)

Recipient: Wei ‘Danise’ Wu

Established in 1887, this award is bestowed by the family of Dr. Eben Alexander, Sr. A monetary award is presented annually to the undergraduates who, in the opinion of the faculty of the Classics Department, presents the best rendering into English of selected passages of Greek not previously read.


“The Classics Department’s Alexander Eben Prize in Greek is awarded annually, based on a specially administered examination, to the undergraduate student who presents the best rendering in English of selected passages of Greek. The postponed award for 2021 goes to Danise Wu for her precise and fluid translations of passages from Xenophon’s Hellenica and Euripides’ Electra. Danise is a Senior majoring in Classics”

THE UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE IN ART HISTORY

Recipient: Stephanie Harris

This award was established in 1979 by the Department of Art. It is given annually to the undergraduate who, in the opinion of a faculty committee, has done the most outstanding work in art history.


“Stephanie is a graduating senior Art History major. Stephanie always did all the reading for her classes and could be counted on to take the lead in discussions. Her written work was without fail carefully researched and underpinned by a serious-minded engagement with critical theory. She also performed at the highest level in all her exams. In sum, Stephanie Ann Harris proved an exemplary student, who again and again demonstrated her intelligence, critical abilities, and deep commitment to the study of Art History.”

THE WILLIAM STEVENS POWELL AWARD

Recipient: Abby Wooten

The William Stevens Powell Award was established in 2002 by the North Caroliniana Society in honor of the Society’s first president, long-time vice-president, and distinguished historian. The award recognizes a graduating senior in The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who is judged to have contributed most to an understanding of the history and traditions of the first state university. Award Type: The winner receives an autographed copy of Professor Powell’s book, The First State University, and his or her name is engraved on a silver plaque that is displayed in the North Carolina Collection’s Reading Room in the Wilson Library.


“As an undergraduate research fellow in the UNC Community Histories Workshop since 2019, Abby Wooten has worked with the Asylum in the Archive initiative. Abby’s work created the first comprehensive, searchable database for a nineteenth-century American insane asylum. In addition, she has worked on two independent projects based on her research and is currently teaching an undergraduate seminar at Carolina based on her work. The seminar she is presenting now is in CSTART: Carolina Students Taking Academic Responsibility through Teaching.”

THE WILLIE P. MANGUM MEDAL IN ORATORY

Recipient: Joy Aikens

The Mangum Medal is the oldest of UNC’s Chancellor’s awards, established in 1877 in memory of Willie Person Mangum, Class of 1815, who had a distinguished career in politics, including three terms in the U.S. Senate and a leading role in the Whig Party. It is sponsored by the family of Mangum Turner, Class of 1900. A gold medal is awarded to the member of the senior class who, in the opinion of a group of judges, gives the best oration at an annual contest. The award is administered by the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies.

THE CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES AWARD 

Recipient: Anna Manocha

This award is given each year to one or more students graduating with the Minor in Entrepreneurship degree of the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship.  These students will have excellent grades in the courses of the Minor and will also have demonstrated excellence in the application of entrepreneurial thinking in practical problem-solving in the social, public health, commercial, media, sports, computation, design, artistic or scientific fields.


“Anna Manocha, a senior majoring in Business Administration and both an Eve Carson and Kenan Scholar on our campus, has created the start-up “Arte con Impacto” (Arteconimpacto.com) to exhibit and market the work of Guatemalan artists to a world-wide audience. One instructor said this about Anna: “She is a self-starter who demonstrated not just the intellectual capacity that characterizes students in our program, but the intellectual curiosity that nourishes an entrepreneurial mindset. Anna’s dedication both to the arts and to social entrepreneurship is laudable and selfless.” >/em>