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Prizes and Honors / Quantedge Award for Academic Excellence

Description. The Quantedge Award for Academic Excellence for seniors of $300 is awarded to recognize exceptional sustained academic excellence among senior students (i.e. those who have completed at least 90 units) with a GPA of 4.0 at the University of California, Berkeley.  If you are receiving financial aid, the award is coordinated with your financial aid package.*

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 / Departmental Citations

Description. These awards are given by departments in recognition of distinguished undergraduate work. The Departmental Citation Plan was initiated in 1955 by the Committee on Prizes with the approval and support of the Chancellor. It is open to all departments wishing to participate. An individual major program within Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS) also may participate as if it were a department, if it has sufficiently excellent undergraduates who are unlikely to be awarded the citation from any one department.

Prizes and Honors / The University Medal

Description. A medal and $2,500 are awarded to the most distinguished graduating senior on the UC Berkeley campus. Three to five finalists each receive a Certificate of Distinction and $500. Prize awards are coordinated with the winner's financial aid package when necessary.* Students identified as meeting the preliminary requirements are contacted during the fall semester to alert them as to their standing and to confirm that they will graduate no later than the following summer.

Prizes and Honors / Kraft Award for Freshmen

Description. This is a University of California systemwide endowment. The award, approximately $270, differs from year to year and is determined by the fund amount and the number of awardees. If you are receiving financial aid, the award is coordinated with your financial aid package.*

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 2017-18 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.

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