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Fellowships and Prizes

The following prizes and research opportunities are open to all students in the groups indicated.

THE JOHN K. BARE PRIZE IN PSYCHOLOGY was established in 1983 by students, colleagues, friends, and family of Dr. John Bare to honor him for his many contributions to his students, to Carleton's Department of Psychology, and to psychology teaching in America. This prize is awarded annually to a member of the senior class who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of psychology.

THE JAMES S. BERGLUND SOCIAL SCIENCE PRIZE was established in 1962 by friends and classmates of James S. Berglund, who died shortly after his graduation in 1961. The prize is awarded annually for the best essay or research paper written in the social sciences.

THE SCOTT TYLER BERGNER PRIZE FUND was established in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. Carsten Retrum in memory of Scott Tyler Bergner, son of Susan Retrum Bergner, Class of 1969, and Jeffrey T. Bergner, Class of 1969. The prize is awarded each year to a member of the senior class who has an outstanding academic record and who has demonstrated excellence of thought and character. The prize will be used to further the pursuit of excellence.

THE BERNSTEIN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION GEOLOGY ENDOWMENT was established in 1985 to support geological field study, research for students, and opportunities for students to present original research at professional meetings.

THE CARLETON TONI AWARD IN THE ARTS was established to honor the memory of Antoinette Sostek, dance instructor at Carleton from 1971 to 1996. The prize is awarded annually to a junior or senior who most aptly reflects the spirit of Toni’s teachings: finds the fun in shared experience; understands that major challenges are overcome through small steps and small triumphs; exults in the joy of personal achievement; and does not let personal limitations or conventional wisdom discourage creative expression. The award winner combines these attributes in the appreciation of superlative artistry, the acknowledgment of the limitations and significance of personal achievements, and the unselfish and unselfconscious contribution to the arts at Carleton.

THE CLASS OF 1885 PRIZE is awarded annually to the student submitting the best work of imagination in prose.

THE CLASS OF 1963 FELLOWSHIPS established by gifts from the Class of 1963, are awarded to qualified students to carry out independent research activities in any field taught at the College or to undertake projects in the creative or performing arts. Normally the Fellowships are awarded to juniors for use during vacation periods to support a project unrelated to Carleton course work; occasionally, however, these Fellowships may be used during the academic year for projects that would qualify for Independent Study credit.

THE MARGARET DALTON CURRAN PRIZE was established in 1986 by family and friends of Margaret Dalton Curran, Class of 1926. In recognition of the lifelong interest in excellent writing she developed while she was a student at Carleton, this prize is awarded annually to a student submitting the most accomplished academic essay.

THE DANA AWARD FOR PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT was established in 1949 by Ellis H. Dana, Class of 1924, in memory of his grandfather, the Reverend Malcolm McGregor Dana, Trustee of Carleton from 1878 to 1888. The award is given annually as a recognition to a male student in the senior class who during four years at Carleton College has shown superior personal achievement in developing a balanced combination of high scholarship, exceptional leadership abilities, and outstanding Christian character, and as a symbol of confidence in the promise of future attainment in his chosen field of public service.

THE DR. E. A. FATH ENDOWED RESEARCH FUND was established in 1986 by Catherine Fath Sherry, Class of 1935. Income from the fund supports student research in astronomy and makes possible student travel to major research telescopes.

THE DAVID JOHN FIELD PRIZE was established in 1984 by Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Field as a memorial to their son. The prize is awarded each year to a member of the senior class whose non-athletic activities best exhibit the qualities of imagination, ingenuity, energy, verve, and zest for life which David Field, Class of 1964, exemplified while living with his fellow students at Carleton.

THE FREEMAN FOUNDATION STUDENT FELLOWSHIP was established in 1996 through a four-year grant from the Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont, and New York City. Fellowships are awarded to four students each year to undertake independent research projects in the humanities, social sciences, sciences or arts in China or Southeast Asia.

THE LAURENCE McKINLEY GOULD PRIZE IN NATURAL SCIENCE was established in 1979 in recognition of the contributions made to scientific research and to liberal education by Dr. Laurence McKinley Gould, who served as Carleton’s president from 1945 to 1962. This prize is awarded annually to a member of the senior class who has demonstrated excellence in experimental scientific research in either biology, chemistry, geology, physics, or psychology and who has studied one of the humanities at a level well beyond the minimum College requirement.

THE ELE HANSEN AWARD was established by friends, colleagues, and former students of Dr. Ele Hansen at the time of her retirement in 1986. The award is given annually to a junior or senior female student who brings to sport the joy of participation and who has positively influenced others through her example, service, and leadership in the athletic or recreation program. It also honors Professor Hansen, Chair of the Women's Physical Education Department from 1952 to 1986, in appreciation of the generosity, enthusiasm, and warmth she shared with generations of Carleton students.

THE A. M. HARRISON PRIZE IN ECONOMICS was established in 1979 by former students, friends, and colleagues of Dr. A. M. Harrison at the time of her retirement. The prize recognizes each year the outstanding academic achievements of a graduating economics major at Carleton. It also honors Professor Ada M. Harrison for 30 years of distinguished service to Carleton economics.

THE HUNTINGTON POETRY PRIZE was established in memory of Dr. George Huntington, poet and novelist, professor of logic, rhetoric, and elocution at Carleton from 1879 to 1906. The prize is awarded to the student whose submitted poem, or group of poems, is judged to be the best.

THE JARCHOW FELLOWSHIP was established in 1986 and is awarded annually to an outstanding second-year Resident Assistant who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, love of the institution and people of Carleton, and other qualities represented by former Dean of Men Merrill E. "Casey" Jarchow.

THE URSULA HEMINGWAY JEPSON MEMORIAL AWARD was established in 1968 by Jasper Jay Jepson, Class of 1925, in honor of his wife Ursula Hemingway Jepson, Class of 1925. The fund provides an annual cash award to the outstanding junior studio art student.

THE IAN KRAABEL MEMORIAL PRIZE was established in 1987 by the classmates and friends of Ian Kraabel, Class of 1985, who died in an avalanche on Mount Baker in the summer of 1986. This award honors Ian Kraabel's unusual intensity, originality, and athletic ability, and is given each year by the History Department to the student who best reflects Ian's personal qualities, including his desire to pursue understanding and knowledge.

THE PAT LAMB AWARD was established in 1994 by former students, colleagues, and friends of Patricia A. Lamb, Professor of the Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation from 1962 to 1994, at the time of her retirement in 1994. The award is given annually to an outstanding senior female athlete who has achieved athletic excellence and also a high level of academic achievement. It also honors the commitment to excellence Professor Lamb has inspired in generations of Carleton students through her role as Carleton's first women's athletic director and tennis coach and through her contributions to women's athletics on the state, regional and national levels.

THE SIGRID AND ERLING LARSEN AWARD IN THE CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS was established in 1961 to honor the memory of Sigrid Larsen, Class of 1962, and her father Erling Larsen, Carleton professor of English from 1956 to 1974. The award is given annually to a student who has done the most memorable or distinguished work in literature, drama, music, art, dance, photography, or film, either as a creator or performer.

THE LARSON INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS were established in 1986 by Robert, Class of 1956, John, Class of 1960, and David Larson, Class of 1963, in memory of their parents Frances W. and Eugene Larson, who had a deep interest in Carleton and were champions of international understanding and involvement. The Fellowships enable students with leadership promise to have a significant international summer experience.

THE LOFGREN FELLOWSHIP FUND (Carleton College Alumni Business Program) was established in 1984 by Charles Lofgren Sr., Class of 1927. Fellowships are awarded annually to alumni who wish to undertake an extensive program for mid-career education intended to expand their horizons and leadership roles in the for-profit sector of the economy. Candidates selected may pursue part- or full-time study in graduate Masters of Business Administration or Executive MBA programs.

THE ADELAIDE H. MATTESON SERVICE INTERNSHIP is awarded annually to a junior or senior who has exhibited a high degree of academic achievement, motivation with respect to problem solving, and desire to pursue an environmental career.

THE MORTAR BOARD FUND was established by the members of Mortar Board and is awarded each year for the purchase of books to a member of the previous first-year class who has achieved a distinguished grade point average.

THE DACIE MOSES AWARD was established in 1981 by the Alumni Association as a celebration of the warmth, generosity and hospitality of Dacie Moses, who contributed much to the lives of Carleton students. The award is given annually to a student or students who continue to express the hospitality, caring, and concern characteristic of Candace Kelley Moses.

THE NOYES PRIZES were founded in 1908 by the late Daniel R. Noyes of St. Paul. Two distinguished scholars are selected each fall from a list of eligible members of the junior class, based on grade point average and/or nominations from faculty members.

THE DAVE OKADA MEMORIAL PRIZE IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, established in 1972, is awarded annually to the social sciences major who has demonstrated the most remarkable intellectual achievement in his or her studies.

PHI BETA KAPPA PRIZES are offered annually by the Carleton Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa: one is awarded to a first-year student, a second to a member of the sophomore class. Each student holds the highest class ranking for the year in scholarship among the members of their respective classes.

THE CHARLES W. POTTS ENDOWMENT FUND was established in 1986 by his daughters Katherine Potts MacDonald, Class of 1928, and Ruth Potts Culbertson, Class of 1930. Income from the fund supports field study and research for geology students.

THE REEVE PRIZE was established in 1881 in memory of Miss Minnie A. Reeve of Minneapolis. A distinguished scholar is selected each fall from a list of eligible members of the junior class, based on grade point average and/or nominations from the faculty.

The Allen and Irene G. Salisbury Student Fellowship was established in 1997 by Richard A. Salisbury, Class of 1966, and Irene G. Salisbury. The Fund recognizes the service of James F. Fisher, John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Anthropology. This endowed fund supports student fellowships for independent research outside the classroom. Students studying any discipline are eligible to receive awards, with preference given to juniors and seniors studying an aspect of Nepal or Asia.

THE JEAN SCHMIDT PRIZE, created in memory of Jean Schmidt, Class of 1973, is awarded annually to that student who embodies Jean's enthusiasm for learning and love of people.

THE SECOND CENTURY STUDENT AWARD honors each year a member of the Carleton student body who has made an outstanding contribution to the College through significant service to others. The award is not intended to recognize academic or political success, but rather to honor service on- or off-campus which in other ways enriches and strengthens the institution and the lives of its members.

THE ELLEN ROGERS STEIF MEMORIAL AWARD was established by the family and friends of Ellen Steif who died of cancer in the fall of 1979, two years after her classmates had graduated from Carleton. Ellen's interest in history and her personal courage in the face of death were an inspiration to her many friends at Carleton during her long and painful illness. The prize is awarded each year to the student who best reflects Ellen's personal qualities and academic achievements.

THE DUNCAN STEWART FELLOWSHIP was established in 1976 by Daniel Gainey, Class of 1949, in honor of Duncan Stewart, Professor of Geology at Carleton for nearly 25 years. Each spring two or three students from the junior class are selected to serve as Stewart Fellows during their senior year. The principal criteria for selection are excellence in scholarship, a high level of intellectual curiosity, potential for scientific growth, a demonstrated ability to work independently, and involvement in department activities. The Fellowships provide outstanding students an opportunity to pursue projects that will aid in their intellectual and scientific growth to a degree not possible without the Fellowship.

THE STIMSON PRIZE, established in 1873 by the Reverend Henry A. Stimson, D.D., Minister of Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, is intended to encourage public speech. This prize is awarded to a student who contributes most to the quality of debate or public speaking at the College.

THE SAMUEL STRAUSS PRIZE was established in 1982 by Robert S. Strauss, Class of 1973, in memory of his father. The prize is awarded annually to recognize accomplished humorous writing.

THE TECHNOS INTERNATIONAL PRIZE will be awarded each year to a graduating senior with a record of academic excellence and an interest in promoting international understanding. It is balanced by a similar award given by Carleton to a student at Technos International College in Tokyo.

THE MARY WIESE ENDOWED PRIZE was established in 1992 to honor the memory of Maria Eugenia Wiese. This prize honors Mary's respect for education, her profound love for students and her understanding of the place of education in their futures. Qualities Mary valued in others and that formed the core of her own character were: cultural pride, kindness, perseverance, self-reliance, discipline, and respect and care for other people. This prize is awarded to a graduating senior who embodies the above qualities and who has demonstrated perseverance in overcoming challenging circumstances. To honor the pride Mary had in her Latino culture, preference will be given to Latino students.

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