Undergraduate Awards & Honors

Award Opportunities

Honors in German

Qualified students may apply to write an honors thesis in German during their senior year. The honors thesis is intended to provide a capstone to the German degree, and offers students a chance to draw together the breadth of their linguistic and cultural knowledge in the pursuit of a research project of their own design. Thesis writers work one-on-one with a faculty member in an extended conversation to craft their project and hone their analytical skills, delving deeply into the intellectual questions that engage them as students of German. These questions may arise from coursework or from students’ own engagements with German culture beyond the formal university setting. For information about the requirements and application forms for receiving Honors in German, please see our Requirements page.

Delta Phi Alpha, The German National Honor Society

The department strongly encourages students to join Delta Phi Alpha, the German National Honorary Society. This organization hosts regular social events/study breaks for its members and provides guidance for those interested in improving their German and knowledge of German culture. Students are eligible to join if they have a minimum of two years of university-level German courses (300 and higher) or their equivalent; a minimum overall GPA of 2.7; a minimum German GPA of 3.3; and a continued interest in the study of German language and culture. 

Online - Delta Phi Alpha Application 

An application is considered complete when supporting documentation (a copy of your unofficial transcript, such as what you can download from WebSTAC, and a short personal statement of at least one paragraph stating why you would like to join Delta Phi Alpha) is on file with the department. Please submit these documents to Cecily Hawksworth via email or to her mailbox in the department office (S. Ridgley 319).

Departmental Awards

Each year, the department recognizes the accomplishments of two outstanding graduating seniors.

The Bronsen Prize was established in honor of Professor David Bronsen, a distinguished scholar, teacher, and long-time member of the German Department. The prize is awarded to a graduating German major on the basis of excellent German language skills and superior academic achievement.

The James McLeod Prize was established in honor of Dean James McLeod, an esteemed professor in the German Department, as well as an exceptional colleague and mentor. The prize is awarded to a graduating German major on the basis of overall excellence in German studies and in extracurricular involvement in departmental activities.

These recipients are recognized at an annual end-of-year student reception.

Past Winners

James McLeod Achievement-in-German Prize

2018 Rebecca Schultz
2017 Rachel Schneider
2016 Hal Matthews
2015 Lisa Herbert
2014 Taylor Docking
2013 Diana Jack
2012 Karina Stridh
2011 Alexander Miller
2010 Leah Marks
2009 Rebekah Slodunik
2008 Emily Soderberg
2007 Amanda Gumbrecht
2006 Kristin McGrath, Kyle Whitehead
2005 Katy Marie Scoggin
2004 Jennifer Lynn Semon
2003 Christina Elaine Wills

David Bronsen Prize (Overall Undergraduate Excellence)

2018 Alex Weil
2017 Eliana Goldstein
2016 Stephen Lehman
2015 Gyoonho Kong
2014 Tianqi Wang
2013 Diana Jack, Harris Engelmann
2012 Hillary J. Conkey
2011 Benjamin Graham, Yu (Julia) Wu
2010 Erika Deal, Katherine Kerschen
2009 Patricia Cruz
2008 Melissa Reimers
2007 Mary Kathleen Meyer
2006 Erika Hajdu
2005 Jacob Albert Haubenreich, James Stephen Prell
2004 Kristin Ann Ehrenberger
2003 Natalie Lisa Chalabi, Andrew Michael Esterday

Cecilia L. Hospes Scholarship (travel grant)

2015 No Recipient
2014 Gyoonho Kong
2013 Kevin Sparks
2012 Brooke Husic
2011 Joseph Taylor
2010 Randall Brachman
2009 Julia Yu Wu
2008 Leah Marks
2007 Scott Kennedy
2006 Brandon Krepel
2005 Denise Umpiérrez
2004 Erika Hajdu
2003 Meredith Shaffer Berwick

Department Travel Grant (donation from former student)

2003 Alicia Caldwell

Summer Scholarships for German Study in Göttingen

2015 Danda Circa, Benjamin Greenho, Dongyan Huo, Connor Rudmann, Rebecca Schultz, Emma Streff, Steven Wenzel, Hal Matthews
2014 Brian Alloway, Lia Mitchell, Eugene Tsao, Joshua Luberda, William Sieling
2013 Alexander Tettenhorst, Pan Zhu, Seth Shields, Zixing Li, Katherine Makepeace
2012 Taylor Docking, Lyndsey Douglas, Brooke Husic, Tianqi Wang, James Westbrook
2011 Spencer Fish, Bart Kudrzycki, Sam McKinney, Amy Miller,  Joanna Wang
2010 Lucy Gellman, Allison Hellmers, Joseph Rhein, Erin Roper
2009 Victoria Kerr, Sarah Kuritzkes, Hillary Conkey, Ayla Karmustafa, Alieza Durana
2008 Rebekah Slodounik, Meredith Plumley, Erika Deal, Dena Birkenkamp, Ben Graham
2007 William Arndt, Peter Billings, Daria Galis, Engin Ozden, Kathleen Shen

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

DAAD Award for Study at a German University

2005 Katy Marie Scoggin (accepted Fulbright instead)
2004 James Stephen Prell

Fulbright Foundation Awards

Fulbright Teaching Fellowships

2014 Tianqi Wang
2007 Mary Kathleen Meyer (Germany), Aine Steiner (Germany)
2004 Shufen Grace Kiang (Germany), Tessa Beutler Schneider (Germany)
2003 Natalie Chalabi (Germany), Rosalind Early (Austria), Christina Wills (Germany)

Fulbright Research Fellowship

2005 Katy Marie Scoggin

for more information

For information regarding other possible financial aid or scholarship opportunities not listed on this page, please contact our academic coordinator.

contact Cecily Stewart Hawksworth