Awards and Funding

Financial Awards

Fr. Michael Barber Undergraduate International Service Learning Award

The Barber International Service Learning Award honors former dean Fr. Michael Barber’s steadfast support of the Jesuit mission to engage in service and learning at a global level. Current undergraduate students engaged in an international service project can apply for up to $500 for expenses such as travel, lodging or project costs.

Eligible undergraduates must be majoring in a discipline within the College of Arts and Sciences and can only receive the award once in an academic year. Proposals must include your:

  •  Name, email address and phone number
  • Academic department
  • Faculty mentor’s name and email
  • Project description in 500 words or less
  • Travel destination
  • Travel dates
  • Itemized budget and the amount of any matching funds from your department

We recommend that you work closely with a faculty mentor in preparing a proposal, which must include the signature of your major’s departmental chair or program director.

The associate dean for undergraduate affairs administers the fund for this award. Applications are judged on the the feasibility and impact of the project, its educational value and the availability of matching funds from your department or other sources.

Apply for the Barber Learning Award

Knoedler Student Research Fund

The Knoedler Student Research Fund awards up to $500 to help students in conducting research or presenting the results of their research. The award may be used for research supplies, computer software, minor equipment and travel to off-campus research sites or scholarly meetings.

Eligible students must be majoring in a discipline within the College of Arts and Sciences and can only receive the award once in an academic year. Proposals must include your:

  • Name, mailing address, email address and phone number
  • Sponsoring faculty member’s name and signature
  • Academic department
  • Project title
  • Date of the proposed research or meeting
  • Project description of no more than two pages
  • Itemized budget and the amount of any matching funds from your department

Funding may be received for either the fall or the spring semester. Proposals are due October 1 for fall funding and February 15 for spring funding. Decisions regarding funding will be made within one week of the proposal deadlines. Proposals received after the deadline will be returned but can be resubmitted the following term.

The associate dean for planning and resources administers the fund for this award. Applications are judged on the project’s feasibility, the quality of the research or creative plan, educational value and the availability of matching funds from your department or other sources.

Apply for Knoedler Research Funds 

Awards for Student Achievement

James D. Collins/Outstanding Senior Awards

Each April, the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes the scholastic and creative achievements of our outstanding seniors. Students are nominated by faculty members in their disciplines. Each department chooses one student to receive the award annually using its own criteria and procedures.

Nominations must be received by the office of the dean by February 24. A candidate must have 90 or more undergraduate hours by that time. Winners of the award receive an engraved college medallion.

2017 Award Recipients

  • Emily Bley (History)
  • Rosemary Bornstein (Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
  •  Mark Cheneler (Chemistry)
  • Emily Hohrein (Fine & Performing Arts)
  • Taylor Jackson (Women's and Gender Studies)
  • Corey James (Philosophy)
  • Kylie Jensen (Political Science)
  • Christopher Lucas (Computer Science)
  • Kyle Miller (Sociology & Anthropology)
  •  Claire Petersen (Communication)
  • Jonathan Pulphus (African American Studies)
  • Lauren Remspecher (American Studies)
  • Jayde Rose (International Studies)
  • Desirae Rowen (Psychology)
  • Nicole Schnitzler (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Robert Schurz (Physics)
  • Sheetal Sethupathi (Neuroscience)
  • Andrew Shaughnessy (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Paul Sylvester (Biology)
  • Casey Waughn (Communication)
  • Maria Yamnitz (Theological Studies)

2017 Awards Ceremony Slideshow

Pre-Commencement Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes graduating students who are members of honorary societies and who are recipients of special departmental awards at our pre-commencement ceremony each May. We are proud of our graduates’ participation in a wide variety of activities and recognize their success not only in the classroom but on campus, in the community and in the world.