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Prizes and Honors / Lipson Program

Description. 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.

Prizes and Honors / Lipson Research Grant

Description. The third component of the Lipson Program, which is optional, is the Lipson Research Grant (established in 2001). Lipson Scholars who wish to do research in greater depth have the opportunity to apply for funds to support their own original research project. Scholars will undertake such projects during the summer.

Prizes and Honors / Lipson Scholarship

Description. The Lipson Scholarship, established in 2001, is a full, two-year scholarship of up to $10,000 per year and is available to eligible students who submit winning essays for the Lipson Essay Prize. To receive the Lipson Scholarship, students must win the Lipson Essay Prize and be a freshman or sophomore when they apply, with a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average (GPA).

Prizes and Honors / Lipson Essay Prize

Description. 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. One component of the Leslie Lipson Program is the Lipson Essay Prize. Eligible freshmen and sophomores are invited to submit an original, unpublished piece to the Lipson Essay Prize contest on one of the essay topics related to humanistic values. The essay topics for each year are selected by the Lipson Committee. The 2016-17 topics are listed below.

Prizes and Honors / Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize

Description. The Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize is awarded for the best unpublished poem or group of poems by an undergraduate student at University of California campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and St. Mary's College. Each participating school may submit three entries to UC Berkeley to compete in the overall contest. For information regarding the submission instructions for other campuses, read Information for Other Participating Campuses below.

Prizes and Honors / Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize

The Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize is awarded for the best essays of 500 words or fewer on a topic chosen by the Committee on Prizes. The contest is open to students, faculty, and staff of the UC Berkeley campus of the University of California. Prizes awarded to faculty and staff are paid through the Berkeley payroll system and taxes are taken out of the disbursement. 

Please review the General Rules for Competitive Prizes. 

Prizes and Honors / Dorothy Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Lyric Poetry

Description. The Dorothy Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Lyric Poetry will be awarded for composition of the best original unpublished lyric poem. Each entrant may submit only one poem; the length should not exceed thirty lines. A lyric poem is a poem that sings. It is usually quite short. When the poem is read aloud, it should inspire and delight by its heartfelt thought and feeling and the beauty of its language.

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