Student Prizes

On behalf of Caltech and in recognition of our students' achievements, HSS faculty select undergraduate and graduate students to receive the following awards and honors. Prize recipients from the last 5 years are listed below.

David M. Grether Prize in Social Science

Established in 2012 and awarded by a committee of social science faculty, the David M. Grether Prize in Social Science rewards outstanding performance and creativity by a Caltech undergraduate who completes one of the social science options. It was established by Susan G. Davis in recognition of David M. Grether's contributions to econometrics and experimental economics and his service to HSS.

YEARRECIPIENT
2017Nishant Desai
2016Ellora Sarkar
2015Jacob Shenker
2014Jetson Leder-Luis
2013Tong (Joy) Lu

 

 


 

Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Prize for Writing

Established in 2000 by Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon, the Hixon Prize for Writing is awarded to an undergraduate student for the best composition in a freshman humanities course. The prize recipient is chosen by a humanities committee in conjunction with the Hixon Writing Center.

YEARRECIPIENT
2017Crystal Liang
2016Gideon Leeper
2015Arjun Goswami
2014Jaden Geller
2013Aman Agarwal

 

 


 

John O. Ledyard Prize for Graduate Research in Social Science

Established in 2012 and awarded by a committee of social science faculty, the John O. Ledyard Prize rewards a social science or social and decision neuroscience graduate student for having the best second-year paper (note: awarded for best third-year paper through 2017). The prize was established by Susan G. Davis in recognition of John O. Ledyard's dedication to developing graduate students as independent researchers and for his service to HSS.

YEARRECIPIENT
2017Alejandro Robinson Cortes
Hamed Hamze Bajgiran
2016Lucas Núñez
2015Marcelo Fernandez
2014Gerelt Tserenjigmid
2013Jonathan Chapman
Khai Xiang Chiong

 

 

 



 

Mary A. Earl McKinney Prize in Literature

The Mary A. Earl McKinney Prize in Literature was established in 1946 by Samuel P. McKinney, M.D., of Los Angeles. Its purpose is to promote proficiency in writing. The terms under which it is given are decided each year by the literature faculty; it may be awarded for essays submitted in connection with regular literature classes or on the basis of a special essay contest.

YEARPROSE FICTIONPOETRY
2017Daniel McAndrewKaren Pham
2016Sirus HanMatthew Lim
2015Sirus HanAnthony Chen
2014Anna LiuMarlyn Moore
2013Suna LiVivian Huang

 

 


 

Rodman W. Paul History Prize

Established in 1986 by colleagues and friends of Professor Rodman Paul who wanted to honor Paul's 35 years of teaching and research at Caltech, the Rodman W. Paul History Prize is awarded to a junior or senior who has shown unusual interest in and talent for history.

YEARRECIPIENT
2017Jessica Du Li

 


Eleanor Searle Prize in Law, Politics, and Institutions

Established in 1999 by friends and colleagues in honor of Eleanor Searle—who was the Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of History at Caltech—the Eleanor Searle Prize is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student whose work in history or the social sciences exemplifies Searle's interests in the use of power, government, and law.

YEARRECIPIENT
2015Kevin Shu
2014William Dooris
2013Rachel (Zeke) Millikan

 

 


Hallett Smith Prize

The Hallett Smith Prize was established in 1997 to commemorate Professor Smith's long career as one of this century's most distinguished Renaissance scholars. The cash prize is awarded by the literature faculty to a student who writes the finest essay on Shakespeare.

YEARRECIPIENT
2017Gauri Shastri
Suchita Nety
2015Chaitanya (Chat) Malladi
2014Suchita Nety
2013Vivian Huang

 

 

 

 



Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prizes

The Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prizes recognize undergraduate students for their academic writing in three categories: English, history, and philosophy.

YEARENGLISHHISTORYPHILOSOPHY
2017Zofii KaczmarekChristina Lin
Mark Gillespie (Honorable Mention)
Kshitij Grover
2016Suchita NetyLeo BalestriWilliam Hoza
2013Caroline Yu
Erik Mukherjee
Shayan DoroudiVishnu Manoranjan