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Prizes and Honors

The Prizes Program at UC Berkeley (prizes@berkeley.edu) is an important forum for rewarding creative expression and scholarly achievement by Berkeley's finest students. Winners receive both recognition and a cash prize, which is coordinated with the winner's financial aid package. Prize competitions are open to students of any major. Successful, even prominent, artists and poets in our society found that winning an award at Berkeley was a pivotal experience in their artistic careers. Prizes are administered under the direction of the Academic Senate Committee on Prizes. Copies of the essays and poetry submissions chosen to receive prizes are archived at the Bancroft Library at the end of each year.

Honors at Berkeley are conferred upon qualified students for academic achievement or outstanding service. The Kraft Award for Freshmen, the University Medal, and Departmental Citations carry this distinction.

Please note that prize contest entries need to be submitted in person to 210-A Sproul Hall before 4 p.m. on the contest deadline (listed on the chart below). See the General Rules for Competitive Prizes for complete submission information. Please click on the contest names below for specific details about each prize.

Category Estimated Amount Requirements Deadline Date
Film / Video
Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prizes in Film and Video $2,000 minimum Create a film or video 2/14/2014
Folklore
Jeanne P. Steager Memorial Prize in Folklore $50 - $100 Demonstrate originality, excellence, and importance to the field of folklore 12/2/2013
Greek / Latin Translation
George Morey Richardson Latin Translation Prize $500 - $1,500 Translate a classical English passage into Ciceronian Latin 1/24/2014
Thomas G. Rosenmeyer Greek Translation Prize $500 Translate an English passage into classical Greek style 1/24/2014
Integrity
Prize in Personal Integrity $1,000 - $5,000 Write an essay on a topic specified by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Value; open to undergraduates only  12/2/2013
Jewish Studies
Anne and Benjamin Goor Prize in Jewish Studies $1,000 Write a research paper on any area of Jewish Studies 1/24/2014
Music
Nicola De Lorenzo Prize in Music Composition $1,000 Create a musical composition 12/2/2013
Leslie Lipson Program   The Leslie Lipson Program at UC Berkeley is intended to encourage undergraduate students to study humanistic values and their practical application for individuals, societies, and states; the program consists of the Lipson Essay Prize, the Lipson Scholarship, and the Lipson Research Grant  
Lipson Essay Prize $2,000 Write an essay on one of five topics selected by the Lipson Committee; applicants must be Freshmen or Sophomores with a minimum Berkeley 3.5 GPA 3/14/2014
Lipson Scholarship $10,000 maximum for two years Must have won the Lipson Essay Prize  
Lipson Research Grant up to $3,500 Must be a Lipson Scholar  
Philosophy
Ferdinand Canning Scott Schiller Essay Prize in Philosophy $200 Write an essay on a specified topic relating to the work of F.C.S. Schiller No contest in 2013-14
Photo-Imaging
Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prizes in Photo-Imaging $2,000 minimum Submit 1-3 photographs 2/21/2014
Poetry
Academy of American Poets Prize $100 Write a poem or group of poems 12/2/2013
Emily Chamberlain Cook Prizes in Poetry $300 - $500 Write a poem 12/2/2013
Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize $100 - $250 Write a poem or group of poems; this is a multicampus contest open to undergraduates only 12/2/2013
Elizabeth Mills Crothers Prize in Literary Composition $250 - $400 Write a story or play 12/2/2013
Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prizes in Poetry and Prose $2,000 minimum Create a collection of poetry 12/2/2013
Samuel C. Irving Prize for American Wit and Humor $750 Write an anecdote, story, poem, drawing, or play illustrative of American wit and humor 12/2/2013
Dorothy Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Lyric Poetry $1,000 - $2,000 Create a lyric poem 12/2/2013
Joan Lee Yang Memorial Poetry Prizes $250 - $500 Write a poem or group of poems 12/2/2013
Political Science
Philo Sherman Bennett Prize in Political Science $1,000 Write an essay encompassing some aspect of politics other than international relations 12/2/2013
Florence Mason Palmer Memorial Prize $1,000 - $1,500 Write an essay dealing with some aspect of international relations; open to women undergraduates only 12/2/2013
Owen D. Young Prize in International Relations $1,500 Write an essay dealing with some aspect of international relations; open to undergraduates only 12/2/2013
Prose
Elizabeth Mills Crothers Prize in Literary Composition $250 - $600 Write a story or play 12/2/2013
Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prizes in Poetry and Prose $2,000 Create a prose submission consisting of a substantial volume of work 12/2/2013
Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize $750 - $1,000 Write an essay (500 words or less) on a topic determined by the Committee on Prizes 12/2/2013
Samuel C. Irving Prize for American Wit and Humor $750 Write an anecdote, story, poem, drawing, or play illustrative of American wit and humor 12/2/2013
Julia Keith Shrout Short Story Prize $75-$250 Write a short story 12/2/2013
Additional Campus Prizes
Photography
Matthew M. Lyon Prize in Photography $1,000 Take five photographs on a single theme of your choice and write a short description. 2/24/2014
Leadership
Jengyee Prize - Leadership for a Better World $1,000 Write an essay on a topic chosen by the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) Department in the College of Engineering. 4/30/14