Student Academic Awards
Note: Please email the primary contact listed with each award for awards and nominations inquiries.
THE PETER C. BAXTER MEMORIAL PRIZE IN AMERICAN STUDIES
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. Primary Contacts: Amy Merritt and Gabrielle Berlinger; firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
THE BERNARD BOYD MEMORIAL PRIZE
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. Primary Contact: Myra Quick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This award is discontinued as of 2021. This award was established in 1941 by the family of the Honorable Josephus Daniels, newspaper editor, Secretary of the Navy under Woodrow Wilson, and trustee of this University from 1901 to 1947. It is presented annually to the senior midshipman in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps who has attained the highest average in academic courses of study in the University. Primary Contact: Christopher Moreno, email@example.com (Inactive 2021)
THE KENNETH C. ROYALL AWARD
This award is presented in memory of UNC graduate General Kenneth C. Royall. As Secretary of War, General Royall was instrumental in establishing the Air Force as a separate service. This award is given annually to the senior Air Force ROTC cadet at UNC who demonstrates excellence as an officer in scholarship and leadership. Primary Contact: Major Howard Church, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL AWARD
Established in 1976, this award honors Army General George C. Marshall. General Marshall formulated the Marshall Plan and was the only soldier to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is presented to the senior Army cadet who excels in professional excellence, leadership, scholarship, personal integrity and selfless service to the nation. Primary Contact: Kathleen Rose, email@example.com
THE ARCHIBALD HENDERSON MATHEMATICS MEDAL
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. Primary Contact: Erin Willis, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WALLACE RAY PEPPERS AWARD IN PERFORMANCE OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
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 performance of African and African-American literature. Primary Contact: DaVon Clack, email@example.com
THE JAMES M. JOHNSTON DISTINGUISHED SENIOR AWARD IN THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM
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. Primary Contact: Anna Hoverstad, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE JAMES M. JOHNSTON DISTINGUISHED SENIOR AWARD IN THE NURSING PROGRAM
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. Primary Contact: Anna Hoverstad, email@example.com
THE JACQUES HARDRÉ UNDERGRADUATE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FRENCH
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. Primary Contact: Ellen Welch, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE STERLING A. STOUDEMIRE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SPANISH
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. Primary Contact: Ellen Welch, email@example.com
THE RIA STAMBAUGH UNDERGRADUATE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GERMAN
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. Primary Contact: Valerie Bernhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CAMÕES PRIZE IN PORTUGUESE
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. Primary Contact:Ellen Welch, email@example.com
THE MARY TURNER LANE AWARD IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
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. Primary Contact: Suzannah Price firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PAUL DEBRECZENY PRIZE IN SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
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. Primary Contact: Valerie Bernhardt, email@example.com
THE L. RICHARDSON PREYER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
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. Primary Contact: Kim Barbour, firstname.lastname@example.org;
THE ROBERT B. HOUSE MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY
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. Primary Contacts: Cheryl Siler-Jones and Nelly Whitney; email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PATRICK F. EAREY AWARD
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. Primary Contact: Dr. Meredith Petschauer, email@example.com
THE UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE IN ECONOMICS
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. Primary Contact: Jonathan Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE IN ART HISTORY
Note: Award discontinued as of 2021 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. Primary Contact: Yulianna Aparicio, email@example.com (Inactive 2021)
THE McNALLY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GEOGRAPHY
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. Primary Contact: Barbara Taylor Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE HAMPTON SHUPING PRIZE
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. Primary Contact: Michael Penny, email@example.com
THE HOWARD W. ODUM UNDERGRADUATE SOCIOLOGY AWARD
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. Primary Contact: Jaqueline Hagan, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE LOUIS D. RUBIN, JR. PRIZE IN CREATIVE WRITING
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. Primary Contact: Anita Braxton, email@example.com
THE PAUL E. SHEARIN OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD IN PHYSICS
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. Primary Contact: Frank Tsui, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MARC ADAM EISDORFER AWARD IN LINGUISTICS
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. Primary Contact: Sheffine Williams, email@example.com
THE ALBERT SUSKIN PRIZE IN LATIN
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. Primary Contact: Kim Miles, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ALEXANDER JULIAN PRIZE
Note: Award discontinued as of 2021. 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. (Inactive 2021)
THE EBEN ALEXANDER PRIZE IN GREEK
Established in 1887, this award is bestowed by the family of Dr. Eben Alexander, Sr. A monetary award is presented annually to the undergraduate 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. Primary Contact: Kim Miles, email@example.com (Inactive 2021)
THE VENABLE MEDAL
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. Primary Contact: Donnyell Batts, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WORTH AWARD
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. Primary Contact: Mariska Leunissen, email@example.com
THE IRVINE R. HAGADORN AWARD
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. Primary Contact: Summer Montgomery, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE DONALD T. LYSLE AWARD
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. Primary Contact: Dr. Jeannie Loeb and Tamsen Foote, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CAZEL PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN HISTORY
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. Primary Contact: Brett Whalen, email@example.com
THE WILLIAM STEVENS POWELL AWARD
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. Primary Contact: Emily Gangi, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GEORGE H. COCOLAS PHARMACY STUDENT BODY AWARD
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. Primary Contact: Abby Kruse, email@example.com
THE CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES AWARD
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 application of entrepreneurial thinking in practical problem-solving in the social, public health, commercial, media, sports, computation, design, artistic or scientific fields. Primary Contact: Patrick Conway, Patrick_conway@unc.edu
Student Activities & Leadership Awards
THE EARL SLOCUM BAND AWARD
This award honoring Earl Slocum, Director of Bands from 1935 to 1956, is given annually to the senior member of University Bands who has demonstrated meritorious achievement with regard to musicianship, leadership, and academic excellence, and who also has made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the University Band program. Primary Contact: Jeff Fuchs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CLASS OF 1938 JOSEPH F. PATTERSON, JR. AND ALICE M. PATTERSON INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Established in 1977, this award is presented to the undergraduate who has made the most significant contribution to increasing international awareness and understanding. Given by the Class of 1938, the award consists of a monetary prize and a book.
THE GEORGE LIVAS AWARD
The George Livas Outstanding Nursing Student Award is presented to a senior nursing student selected by faculty in the School of Nursing who best exemplifies scholarship, leadership, and nursing excellence. Primary Contact: Katherine Moore, email@example.com
THE EDWARD McGOWAN HEDGPETH AWARD
Established in 1964, this award is given by the Beta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, International Premedical Honor Society. It is named for a charter member and advisor of Beta Chapter, a physician who served for thirty years as director of the Student Health Service and for fifteen years as chairman of the admissions committee of the Medical School. The award is given annually to two undergraduate members of Alpha Epsilon Delta who are voted most outstanding in service to the campus and community through the society. Primary Contacts: Ryan Kramer and Dr. Corey Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
THE CHI OMEGA AWARD FOR SCHOLARSHIP AND LEADERSHIP
This prestigious award has been presented annually by the Epsilon Beta Chapter of Chi Omega since 1927. Each year the award is rotated to a different undergraduate academic department, school, or program of study. This year the Chi Omega Award is presented to a student majoring in Environmental Studies who is chosen as most outstanding on criteria of scholastic achievement and exemplary leadership.
THE INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD, PANHELLENIC COUNCIL WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD, NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL AWARD, & GREEK ALLIANCE COUNCIL AWARD
Established by the Panhellenic Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council, and the Greek Alliance Council, these awards are presented annually to undergraduates who have made the most significant contributions in the areas of leadership, scholarship, service to their individual chapters, and Greek and University Communities.
THE MARTY POMERANTZ SPORT CLUBS COUNCIL ACHIEVEMENT
Established in 1979, this award is named in honor of Marty Pomerantz, who served as the Director of Campus Recreation for 22 years. It is given annually to the undergraduate who demonstrates leadership, commitment, and makes the greatest positive contribution to the strength and vitality of the sport clubs program. Primary Contact: Tori Hooker, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE J. MARYON SAUNDERS AWARD
Established by the UNC General Alumni Association, this award honors a man who served as the University’s alumni director for 43 years. It is presented to the member of the graduating class who, as an undergraduate student, has contributed most to the preservation and enhancement of loyalty and goodwill between The University of North Carolina and its students, alumni and friends. Primary Contact: Katy Lucci, email@example.com
THE ROGER A. DAVIS MEMORIAL AWARD
This award, established in 1966, is given in memory of Roger A. Davis who, as a student, was active in the formation of the residence colleges. It is given by the Residence Hall Association to the undergraduate judged to have given outstanding service to the University, especially through residence hall leadership. The recipient will receive a framed certificate and a monetary award. Primary Contact: Everett Stubblefield, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WILLIE P. MANGUM MEDAL IN ORATORY
This oldest student award was 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 continued 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. Primary Contact: Cordelia Gilligan, email@example.com (Inactive 2021)
THE ERNEST H. ABERNETHY PRIZE IN STUDENT PUBLICATION WORK
Ernest H. Abernethy, Class of 1922, established this award in 1941. A plaque and monetary award are presented annually to the undergraduate judged by a special committee to have done the most distinctive work during the current year in the field of student publications. Primary Contact: Dr. Debashis Aikat, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE JAMES O. CANSLER SERVICE AWARD
James Cansler served UNC students for 37 years, first as a Baptist Chaplain, and later as Dean of Men and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. He was dedicated to helping students strengthen their faith and enlarge their vision of service concurrent with their educational pursuit. This award is presented annually in his memory to a student whose faith has inspired outstanding service to the needs of humanity.
THE JIM TATUM MEMORIAL AWARD
This award was established in 1959 in honor of James M. Tatum, head football coach in 1942 and 1956 through 1958. It is presented under the sponsorship of The University of North Carolina Athletic Association to the varsity intercollegiate athlete who has performed with distinction in their sport and who has contributed to the University community through constructive participation in co-curricular activities. Primary Contact: Kathy Zambrana, email@example.com
THE ALGERNON SYDNEY SULLIVAN AWARD
Established in 1928, this award is bestowed annually upon one man and one woman of the senior class who have best demonstrated unselfish interest in human welfare. The emphasis of the award is on humanitarian contributions.
THE CORNELIUS O. CATHEY AWARD
This award was established in 1987 in memory of Cornelius O. Cathey, Professor of History from 1947 to 1974 and Dean of Student Affairs from 1963 to 1972. It is given annually to the student who has made the greatest contribution to the quality of campus life through sustained, constructive participation in established student programs, or through creative, persistent effort in development of new student programs.
THE ROBERT B. HOUSE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Established in 1980 by the Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity in honor of the first chancellor of the University and one of its most revered leaders, this award is presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit of unselfish commitment through service to the University and the surrounding community.
THE ROBERT WHITE LINKER AWARD
This award was established in 1960 in honor of Professor Robert White Linker, who helped to organize the Society of Janus Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary. It is given annually by the Society to the most outstanding undergraduate residence hall officer. This award is based on leadership criteria of initiative, creativity and effectiveness, and on lasting contributions to residence hall living. Primary Contact: Amol Garg, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GEORGE MOSES HORTON AWARD FOR MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP
This award honors a nineteenth-century poet and friend of students and faculty on this campus. He used funds generated through his popular verse to buy time away from the Chatham County farm where he was enslaved. The award recognizes the senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative, and creativity in multicultural education programs. This award is given by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
THE FEREBEE TAYLOR AWARD
Inaugurated by the Class of 1982 as its gift to the University, this award recognizes the principle of honor as one of the University’s most hallowed ideals. It is given in honor of Ferebee Taylor, Chancellor of the University, 1972-1980, under whose leadership and commitment the judicial reform movement and the revitalization of the Honor Code were brought to fruition. The award is given annually to the member of the senior class who has made the greatest contribution to the continued vitality and strength of the Honor Code in the community. Primary Contact: Aisha Pridgen, email@example.com
THE BOKA W. HADZIJA AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY SERVICE
Professor Boka Hadzija exemplified excellence in scholarship, leadership and service to Carolina, earning the 2005 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Award and no fewer than 39 awards for teaching excellence from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the University. Dr. Hadzija, who passed away unexpectedly in 2013, is remembered for her strong mentorship, her generous support of students and her outstanding leadership. In her memory, this award recognizes the graduate or professional student who has been judged most outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership. Primary Contacts: Suzanne Barbour and Lou Anne Phelps, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
THE ALBERT AND GLADYS HALL COATES AWARD
This award recognizes the distinguished history of Student Government in this University, long championed by Albert and Gladys Hall Coates. It honors the Coates for their 70 years of involvement with and contributions to the University and to Student Government. Established in 1987, the award is given annually to the member of Student Congress whose service through the Student Congress is judged most outstanding on criteria of statesmanship, commitment and constructive involvement in issues affecting the quality of the University community. (Inactive 2021)
THE E. EUGENE JACKSON AWARD
This award was established by the Class of 1989 in honor of E. Eugene Jackson, whose contributions to the University were a model of selfless service. It is given annually to the member of the graduating class whose leadership and selfless dedication have strengthened class pride and University loyalty, enriched the lives of seniors, and made a significant contribution to the University.
THE JANE CRAIGE GRAY MEMORIAL AWARD
Established in 1954, this award is presented annually in memory of Jane Craige Gray by the local chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority. It is given to the woman of the junior class who has been judged most outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership.
THE IRENE F. LEE AWARD
Irene F. Lee, who served as hostess and counselor in Cornelia Phillips Spencer Hall from 1925 to 1948, established this award in 1955. The award is presented annually to the woman of the senior class who is judged most outstanding in leadership, character and scholarship.
THE WALTER S. SPEARMAN AWARD
The Walter S. Spearman Award was established in 1984 by Chi Psi Fraternity. Given in memory of a journalism professor who was noted as a distinguished teacher, journalist, and mentor of students, it is presented to a man in the senior class whose academic achievements, co-curricular activities, leadership qualities, and strength of character are considered by a panel of judges to be most outstanding. (Note: Prior to 1984, this award was known as the William P. Jacocks Award, which was established in 1967.)
THE JOHN JOHNSTON PARKER, JR. MEDAL FOR UNIQUE LEADERSHIP IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT
This award was established in 1941 by Judge and Mrs. John J. Parker in memory of their son, John Johnston Parker, Jr., Class of 1937, who served with distinction as president of the then Student Council. A medal is awarded annually to that member of the senior class who has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership in perpetuating the spirit and honor of student self-government.
THE FRANK PORTER GRAHAM AWARD
This award, established in 1963, is presented to the graduating senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to a realization of the human ideals of equality, dignity and community. The award is given in memory of Dr. Frank Porter Graham, past president of the Campus Y and past president of this University. Dr. Graham’s devotion to the improvement of the quality of human life continues, through generations, to inspire striving for the ideals here recognized.
THE EDWARD KIDDER GRAHAM AWARD
Named for Edward Kidder Graham (president of the University of North Carolina, 1914-1918), this award honors the graduating senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to the University through his or her work as a member of an officially recognized student organization. The recipient will have demonstrated consistent leadership, dedication, and innovation within the organization, contributed to the organization’s strength, vitality, and longevity, and assisted the organization in supporting the overall mission of the University.
THE BRENDA W. KIRBY AWARD
Brenda W. Kirby served as Secretary of the University from 1980 to 2012. In that role, Ms. Kirby was special assistant to six Chancellors, constantly bridging communication between students and the Chancellor, as well as other parts of the University. Acknowledging her unique gift of creating invaluable bonds of communication, this award, established in 2012, recognizes annually the student who has most effectively worked to establish a community of cooperation and service between students and constituents of the larger University that might include administrators, faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni.
THE KEITH SHAWN SMITH AWARD FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORSHIP
The Department of Housing and Residential Education created this award in 2007 in remembrance of Keith Shawn Smith, who served as a Resident Advisor in Stacy Hall in the Old Campus Lower Quad Community. The award is granted to a Resident Advisor or Resident Advisor Mentor who has created a strong community, meaningful mentoring relationships, and campus connections. The recipient must have made a positive impact on the lives of the residents served, developing their community to an exemplary level and providing significant mentorship to the members of the community. Primary Contact: Kala Bullett, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ERNEST L. MACKIE AWARD
This award was established in 1978 by the Order of the Old Well in memory of one of its charter members, Ernest L. Mackie, professor of Mathematics. Dr. Mackie also served as dean of students, dean of student awards and distinctions, and secretary-treasurer of Phi Beta Kappa. The award is presented to the man of the junior class who has been judged most outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership.
The Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards
By student body referendum in 1989 and initiation of a special student fee, the Student Undergraduate Teaching Awards were established to recognize outstanding undergraduate instruction by both faculty and teaching assistants. In 2004, an addendum to the referendum established a staff award to recognize a staff member’s specific contributions to the undergraduate experience at Carolina. A committee comprised of students reviewed the teaching nominations on the basis of demonstrated and consistent teaching excellence, success in positively affecting a broad spectrum of students both in and outside the classroom, and creation of a dynamic learning environment. The staff award nominations were reviewed on the basis of demonstrated excellence in service, dedication to undergraduate students, and in positively affecting a broad spectrum of Carolina undergraduate students. Winners receive a certificate and a monetary award.