Prizes

Distinction

Distinction is awarded to majors who have earned grades of A or A– in three–quarters of the credits in the major and a grade of A or A– on the senior essay. All courses that are counted for the major are included in the calculation for distinction. Courses taken on a Credit/D/Fail basis are included as non–A grades.

Prizes

The Department awards the following prizes for senior essays:

For the best senior essay in…

International Relations James Gordon Bennett Prize
Political Philosophy Philo S. Bennett Prize
Comparative Government or Politics Charles W. Clark Prize
American Political System Frank M. Patterson Prize

Support of the principles of the American Constitution and its first
ten amendments

Percival N. Clement Prize
 

Prize Winning Senior Essays 2016-17

  • Azeezat Adeleke: Percival Wood Clement Prize for the best senior essay on the U.S. Constitution and its first ten amendments
  • Abigail Bessler: Frank Miner Patterson Prize for the best senior essay on the American political system
  • Simone Paci: Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics
  • Joseph Tomchak: Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics 
  • Rachel Williams: James Gordon Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on International Relations
  • Angelina Xing: Philo Sherman Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on Political Philosophy

Prize Winning Senior Essays 2015-16

  • Anna Baron: Frank Miner Patterson Prize for the best senior essay on the American political system
  • Colleen Flynn: Frank Miner Patterson Prize for the best senior essay on the American political system
  • Alina Sidorova: Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics
  • Ameze Belo-Osagie: James Gordon Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on International Relations
  • Deborah Won: Percival Wood Clement Prize for the best senior essay on the U.S. Constitution and its first ten amendments

Prize Winning Senior Essays 2014-15

  • Eric Stern: Frank Miner Patterson Prize for the best senior essay on the American political system
  • Danielle Ellison: Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics
  • Charlotte Storch: James Gordon Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on International Relations
  • Dana Schneider: Percival Wood Clement Prize for the best senior essay on the U.S. Constitution and its first ten amendments
  • Zachary Krislov: Philo Sherman Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on Political Philosophy

Prize Winning Senior Essays 2013-14

  • Joshua Kalla: Frank Miner Patterson Prize for the best senior essay on the American political system
  • Christina Hull: Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics
  • Drew Morrison: Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics
  • Marissa Dearing: James Gordon Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on International Relations
  • Patrick Toth: Percival Wood Clement Prize for the best senior essay on the U.S. Constitution and its first ten amendments
  • Gabriel Levine: Philo Sherman Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on Political Philosophy

Prize Winning Senior Essays 2012-13

  • Stacey Chen: Frank Miner Patterson Prize for the best senior essay on the American political system
  • Anna Moore: Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics
  • Baobao Zhang: James Gordon Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on International Relations
  • Emily Gray: Percival Wood Clement Prize for the best senior essay on the U.S. Constitution and its first ten amendments

Prize Winning Senior Essays 2011-12

  • Joshua Rosmarin: Frank Miner Patterson Prize for the best senior essay on the American political system
  • Carmen Lu: Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics
  • Devin Smith: James Gordon Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on International Relations
  • Tony Cheng: Percival Wood Clement Prize for the best senior essay on the U.S. Constitution and its first ten amendments

Prize Winning Senior Essays 2010-11

  • David Broockman: Frank Miner Patterson Prize for the best senior essay on the American political system
  • Garentina Kraja: Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics
  • George Bogden: James Gordon Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on International Relations
  • Daniel Beniak: Percival Wood Clement Prize for the best senior essay on the U.S. Constitution and its first ten amendments
  • Samuel Jackson: Philo Sherman Bennett Prize for the best senior essay on Political Philosophy