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Students socialize at the awards ceremony and graduating seniors
Students socialize at the awards ceremony and graduating seniors
Students socialize at the awards ceremony and graduating seniors
Faculty members socialize at the awards ceremony and graduating seniors
Students socialize at the awards ceremony and graduating seniors
Students and faculty socialize at the awards ceremony and graduating seniors
Students and faculty socialize at the awards ceremony and graduating seniors

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. Each award comes with a modest financial prize.

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.

2018: Kelsi Sievering
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.

2018: Brian Mashny
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.

2018: Jake Besanceney
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.

2018: Alex Boster
2017: Kelsi Sievering
2016: Sarah Kammer
2015: Jackie Wagner