Faculty and students snack and socialize before the awards ceremony
Sarah Manning and Sarah Kammer wait for the awards ceremony to begin
Sam Bachmann chats with Dr. Hillel Gray and Dr. Rory Johnson before the awards ceremony
Sam Bachmann and Katie Poppe at the awards ceremony
Dr. Liz Wilson announces an award winner
Dr. Liz Wilson presents the Miller Award to Sarah Kammer
Dr. Wilson presents the Booth Award to Katie Poppe
Dr. Liz Wilson presents the Booth Award to Sarah Manning

Annual Department Awards

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Each year, near the end of spring semester, our department's faculty select outstanding religion majors to be recognized for their academic performance or co-curricular service. The awards that these majors receive are named in honor of former faculty.

Medallion depicting a trophy cupHarold O. Forshey Award

Given for outstanding overall academic achievement--not only in the study of religion but in the student's undergraduate work overall.

2017: Owen Walsh
2016: Alexa Ekberg
2015: Katie Poppe

Medallion depicting steeples of a church, a stupa, and a mosqueNewell S. Booth, Jr. Award

Given for excellence in comparative religion--the student's work within the religion major.

2017: Mary Hayes
2016: Sarah Manning and Katie Poppe
2015: Marjorie Wimbish Sopher

Medallion depicting an open scrollRoy Bowen Ward Award

Given for excellence in biblical studies--a subfield within the study of religion.

2017: Samantha Gauer
2016: Not awarded
2015: Tori Gegel

Medallion depicting the Miami M with the words: Religion at MiamiAlan Miller Award

Given for outstanding student service to the department--such as leadership in CRSA or contributions to department programs.

2017: Kelsi Sievering
2016: Sarah Kammer
2015: Jackie Wagner