Resources and Opportunities
Whatever your field of study, activities outside the classroom are an important dimension of your college education. Co-curricular activities can be opportunities to expand your learning, to practice leadership and teamwork, or to build your professional network.
Co-curricular activities sponsored by the Department of Comparative Religion include:
Educational events organized by the Comparative Religion Student Association, including film viewings, panel discussions of current events, and presentations by students or faculty on their research.
Induction of eligible students into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for the study of religion.
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.
Harold O. Forshey Award
Given for outstanding overall academic achievement--not only in the study of religion but in the student's undergraduate work overall.
2019: Margaret Hamm
2018: Kelsi Sievering
2017: Owen Walsh
2016: Alexa Ekberg
2015: Katie Poppe
Newell S. Booth, Jr. Award
Given for excellence in comparative religion--the student's work within the religion major.
2019: Alexandra Boster
2018: Brian Mashny
2017: Mary Hayes
2016: Sarah Manning and Katie Poppe
2015: Marjorie Wimbish Sopher
Roy Bowen Ward Award
Given for excellence in biblical studies--a subfield within the study of religion.
2019: Sarah Kingsbury
2018: Jake Besanceney
2017: Samantha Gauer
2016: Not awarded
2015: Tori Gegel
Alan Miller Award
Given for outstanding student service to the department--such as leadership in CRSA or contributions to department programs.
2018: Alexandra Boster
2017: Kelsi Sievering
2016: Sarah Kammer
2015: Jackie Wagner
Experiential Learning Grant
Each year outhe Department of Comparative Religion has a certain amount of discretionary funding available--the amount varies from year to year--which we can use to support special learning opportunities for our students.
The department's first priority is to provide experiential learning grants to religion majors. Applications from religion minors will be considered under special circumstances.
Funds can be used for:
- supplies for a special research project
- travel to a conference
- study away
- another experiential learning or professional development opportunity related to the study of religion
You can apply for funding at any time during the school year; we will award grants as long as funds remain available. The earlier you submit your application before you need the funds, the better.
How to apply
Write a description (about 300-400 words) of the experiential learning or professional development opportunity for which you would like funding. Include the following information:
- What is the opportunity (activity, project, etc.)? What, when, where, who?
- How will this opportunity advance your study of religion?
- How does this opportunity help prepare you for your future career goals?
- What amount of funding do you estimate you need?
- From what other sources are you seeking funding?