Honors and Awards

College Honors and Awards

Kappa Gamma Pi is the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. Seniors graduating with scholastic distinction and outstanding service to the Church, College, and community are eligible to be nominated for membership.

The Lumen Christi Medal is bestowed annually by the College upon a senior who has been outstanding in her spirit of leadership and loyalty to Saint Mary’s College and has made a significant contribution to the College or community.

The Saint Catherine Medal is awarded each year by the Kappa Gamma Pi Chapter to a junior or sophomore who has shown service and leadership and who represents the high ideals of a Catholic education.

The Madeleva Award is presented annually to the outstanding graduate student selected from the cohort receiving advanced degrees in recognition of scholastic distinction and exceptional achievement.

Department Awards

Lambda Alpha is a national collegiate honor society for anthropology. Its purpose is to encourage and stimulate scholarship and research in anthropology.

The Saint Luke’s Medal is awarded for distinguished achievement in the visual arts.

The Sister Edna Service Award is awarded to a student who contributes outstanding service to the Department of Art.

The Sister M. Rosaleen Dunleavy Award is presented to a student in biology who is recognized for potential in medical or allied medical field.

The Mother M. Rose Elizabeth Science Awards are presented to two senior students, one in biology and one in chemistry whose work merit particular commendation.

The George and Juanda Bick Nature Award is presented to a student whose work in environmental biology merits particular commendation.

Xi Chi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honor society, invites biology majors to become members.

The Jerome L. McElroy Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to the most outstanding Business Administration and Economics department major in the senior class.

The Frank A. Yeandel Service Award is presented to the senior who has contributed most to the overall life of the Department of Business Administration and Economics.

Achievement Awards are presented to the senior with the highest grade point average in courses taken within the Department of Business Administration and Economics and to outstanding seniors in each of the seven disciplines in the department:

  1. Accounting,
  2. Economics,
  3. Finance,
  4. International Business,
  5. Management,
  6. Management Information Systems, and
  7. Marketing.

The Bridget Anderson/KPMG Award is presented to a junior accounting major for outstanding achievement in the Principles of Accounting courses.

The Crowe LLP Award is presented to a senior accounting major for outstanding achievement in Personal and Corporate Tax courses.

The EY Award is presented to a senior accounting major who demonstrates a strong interest in the field of public accounting coupled with those qualities of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, character, and extracurricular activities considered necessary for success in the field.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Award is presented to an accounting senior for excellence in accounting leadership.

The Deloitte Award is presented to an accounting senior for excellence in Intermediate Accounting.

The Jennifer Pelic Comaro ‘99 Accounting Honor Society senior accounting majors with a minimum GPA of 3.6 in at least six upper level accounting courses are honored.

The Finance Honor Society is sponsored by the Financial Management Association. Senior finance concentrates with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and a minimum finance GPA of 3.5 are invited to join.

The Mu Kappa Tau National Marketing Honor Society honors academically qualified business administration majors with membership.

The Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry, sponsored by the Analytical Chemistry Division of the ACS, is given annually to a chemistry major who displays an aptitude in analytical chemistry.

The Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry, sponsored by the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the ACS, is given annually to a chemistry major who displays an aptitude in inorganic chemistry.

The Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry, sponsored by the Organic Chemistry Division of the ACS, is given annually to a chemistry major who displays an aptitude in organic chemistry.

The Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry, sponsored by the Physical Chemistry Division of the ACS, is given annually to a chemistry major who displays an aptitude in physical chemistry.

The American Institute of Chemists Award is presented to an outstanding senior ­chemistry major.

The Richard Tarara Achievement in Physics Award is presented to an outstanding senior ­physics major.

Ancora Imparo Award is in recognition of exceptional potential in speech language pathology to the senior who is outstanding in scholarship, leadership, character, and service.

The Outstanding Scholarship Award in Communication is given to that senior whose scholarly work merits special commendation.

The Excellence in Dance Award is given to the outstanding dance minor.

The Excellence in Theatre Award is given on the basis of scholarship and contribution to theatrical productions.

The Outstanding Scholarship Award in speech language pathology is given to that senior whose scholarly and clinical work merits special commendation.

The Mary A. McDermott Award for excellence in teaching is awarded yearly to an elementary education major who has a minimum of six semesters at Saint Mary’s College; has distinguished herself in either a liberal arts minor or departmental minor; has successfully completed the student teaching experience; has been involved in a professional organization; and has participated in church, College, and ­community service. The award has been funded to give an annual monetary prize.

The Grace Sullivan McGuire Award for excellence in secondary teaching is awarded on the same criteria as the Mary A. McDermott Award. The award has been funded to give an annual monetary prize.

The Mimi Doherty Award is awarded to a student who has completed the junior year of studies in the elementary education major and who not only embodies but has demonstrated special qualities that distinguish effective teachers. It is intended to honor someone who is committed to teaching as both a profession and a way of life. The award is given in memory of Mary Cabrini (Mimi) Doherty. The award has been funded to give an annual monetary prize.

Pi Lambda Theta is a national honor and professional association in education. Member­ship is offered to students in education whose academic achievements and commitment to the profession merit commendation.

The Elisabeth A. Noel English Prize is awarded annually to a senior for outstanding achievement in literary study.

The Laurie A. Lesniewski Creative Writing Award is given to a senior writing major who has distinguished herself through her poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.

The Susan L. Weidenbach Essay Competition is given each semester to the student in the writing proficiency program who is judged to have written the best essay for her “W” class.

The Environmental Studies Award is presented to a student who demonstrates excellence in environmentally related coursework and sophisticated interdisciplinary engagement in addressing environmental issues.

The Mary Frances Eder Halpin Award is presented to the student who demonstrates academic excellence in gender and women’s studies and an integration of feminist theory with practice.

Sigma lota Rho National Honor Society for International Studies honors academically qualified global studies majors with membership.

Outstanding Achievement Award in Global Studies to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the most outstanding academic achievement in global studies across all of her work in the major.

Outstanding Senior Comprehensive Award in Global Studies is presented to the senior global studies major whose Senior Thesis was the best in her class.

The Intercultural Studies Award is given each year to honor a student with superior academic achievement and who has made an outstanding contribution to the intercultural climate at Saint Mary’s.

The MMSMA for Excellence in the Senior Seminar Research Paper is given to the history major senior who demonstrates excellence in research and writing in the Senior Seminar.

The Martha Montgomery Schurz Memorial Award in History is given to the senior history major who displays scholarly competence and creative initiative and is judged outstanding by the faculty.

The Martha Montgomery Schurz Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing in the Women’s History Program is given to a graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in writing in a women’s history research paper and has completed the women’s history concentration in the history major or the women’s history minor.

The Martha Montgomery Schurz Memorial Award for Excellence in the Senior Seminar Research Paper is given to a senior history major who demonstrates excellence in the research and writing of her Senior Seminar research paper.

The Thomas More Award is given to the humanistic studies major who best exemplifies the ideals of the department in her commitment to and excellence in interdisciplinary, humanities-based scholarship and inquiry.

The Katharine Terry Dooley Award is conferred annually and funds innovative projects which address issues of peace and justice and involve the broader campus community.

The Milko Jeglic Award for achievement in mathematics is given to the ­member of the senior class having the highest number of quality points in mathematics over her first seven semesters.

The Elizabeth Lin Lo Award is given to a rising senior mathematics major who displays a talent or passion for mathematics and most exemplifies the mission of the College, both in her academic performance and in her service to Saint Mary’s and/or the local community.

The Donald E. Miller Award is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated both a passion for mathematics as well as an interest outside of the discipline, such as a minor or second major, athletics, performing arts, or service with preference given to those whose interest is applied mathematics.

Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Honorary Mathematics Society, honors academically qualified mathematics majors with membership.

The Bayhouse-Marcy Award honors outstanding achievement in French.

Leonilda Fracesca Acerra and Dominico Enrico Christofaro Award honors the most distinguished students in Italian.

The Anne Hooper Spataro 1994 Rome Program Award is given to the student who demonstrates intellectual vigor in academic pursuits as offered by the Rome Program, unusual enthusiasm and accomplishment in learning the Italian language and delving into issues of Italian culture past and present.

The Anne Cashore Borjas Award is presented to an outstanding senior major in Spanish.

Service Awards are presented to senior majors in Spanish.

The Emma Krost Eder Award for Musical Excellence is given to a graduating senior music major who has excelled in the areas of musicianship, scholarship, and service to the Music Department.

The Caritas Award honors a junior nursing student who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to integrate the compassionate care of patients and families with the science and principles of professional nursing practice.

The Evelyn McGuiness Award for excellence is given annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated consistent outstanding academic achievement and leadership in nursing.

The Humanitarian Award is given annually to a graduating senior who has shown consistent therapeutic and spiritual dimensions of nursing, with sensitivity to human needs.

The Juliette Noone Lester Award for scholastic excellence is given annually to a grad­uating senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in the study of political science.

The Louis R. Tondreau Award is given to a graduating senior for distin­guished service in extracurricular and professional activities in the political ­science major.

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, works to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science.

The Outstanding Scholarship Award in Psychology is given to that senior whose scholarly work merits special commendation.

The Animating Spirit Award in Psychology recognizes the senior who has been an animating spirit in the life of the department, enriching the lives of fellow students, faculty, and staff.

Psi Chi is a national honor society supporting and promoting undergraduate research and scholarship in psychology. Local, regional, and national forums encourage a sense of community and an exchange of ideas.

The Helen M. Carroll Awards in Religious Studies are presented annually to the religious studies majors or minors who have demonstrated a high level of theological scholarship, particularly in upper-level religious studies courses, and qualities of leadership within the department.

The David J. Murphy Carmelite Scholarship in Theology is conferred upon those junior and senior religious studies majors who show exceptional academic ability and promise for future development.

The Academic Excellence Award in Social Work is presented to the senior major in the department whose scholarship merits special commendation.

The Leadership Award in Social Work is presented to a senior whose academic achievements, demonstration of leadership, and commitment to her discipline merit commendation.

The Kristi A. Morris Award in Social Work is conferred upon a senior major who has demonstrated her commitment to respect and uphold human dignity in the spirit of social work.

The Josephine Murphy Kuhl Research Award in Social Work recognizes the senior major who has excelled in the study of research in diversity. It is conferred annually and includes a monetary award.

Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work promotes humanitarian goals and ideas and fosters high standards of education for social workers. It invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international sociology honor society. Its purpose is to promote an interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and other social and intellectual activities that will lead to improvement in the human condition.

The Sociology Award is conferred annually by the Department of Sociology and Criminology. It is given to a graduating senior sociology major who has excelled in the areas of sociology and criminology, scholarship, and service to the department.

The Donald N. M. Horning Award is conferred annually by the Department of Sociology and Criminology. It carries a monetary award and is granted to that senior major whose Senior Comprehensive research was deemed outstanding.

The Sister M. L. Gude, C.S.C. Success Program Award is presented to a Success Program graduate whose all-embracing academic success in her undergraduate studies has resulted in her pursuit of a graduate degree.