Bucknell University has a long tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of our students in the classroom, the lab, and the playing field, as well as the University community and the world beyond Bucknell. The outstanding achievements of students during the first year, sophomore, and junior years are recognized each fall semester during the Fall Student Awards Ceremony, traditionally held during Family Weekend. The accomplishments of our seniors are celebrated during Commencement Weekend at the President's Senior Award Ceremony. Prizes and awards are not given unless a high degree of merit has been achieved.

Awards for work in the Department of English are detailed below.

Bucknell Prizes — awarded during Family Weekend

The Bucknell Prizes were founded by William Bucknell and include:

  • A prize for that woman and that man of the graduating class who, being excellent in scholarship during her senior year, show the greatest proficiency in English composition and literature.
    2016 recipients: Elyse Catharine Pfleger '17 and Christopher Edward D'Aliso '17
  • A prize for that woman and that man of the junior class who, being excellent in scholarship during their junior year, show the greatest proficiency in English composition and literature.
    2016 recipients: Barbara Ann Bell '18 and William Talley Simonson '18
  • A prize for that woman and that man of the sophomore class who, being excellent in scholarship during her sophomore year, show the greatest proficiency in English composition and literature.
    2016 recipients: Kaitlyn Ann Kurdziel '19 and Nathand William Carter '19
  • A prize for that woman and that man of the first-year class who make the greatest advance in English composition and literature during the first year.
    2016 recipients: not awarded

Ralph A. Still and Anne B. Still Prize — awarded during Family Weekend

The Ralph A. Still and Anne B. Still Prize was established by the class of 1913 and is to be awarded annually to that member of the junior class majoring in English who has the highest standing in English.

  • 2016 recipient: Victoria Elizabeth Dikeman '17

Samuel Lewis Ziegler Prizes — awarded during Family Weekend

The Samuel Lewis Ziegler Prizes were established by the late Samuel Lewis Ziegler, M.D., LL.D., of the Class of 1880 and include two prizes for English students.

  • A prize for the first-year student whose preliminary examinations in English show the greatest proficiency in the elements of English composition.
    2016 recipient: Landers Elizabeth Mayer '19
  • A prize for the junior who shows the greatest proficiency in English composition and literature.
    2016 recipient: Tong Tong '17

Allan Gates Halline Prize in American Literature — awarded during Commencement Weekend

The Allan Gates Halline Prize in American Literature, the proceeds of a fund contributed by the friends of Dr. Halline, is awarded annually to the student who makes the best record in one year's work in American literature.

  • 2017 recipient: Rebecca Kathryn Chambers '17

Vivian Miller Prize in British and Irish Literature — awarded during Commencement Weekend

The Vivian Miller Prize in British and Irish Literature, established from the proceeds of a fund contributed by Vivian Miller, is awarded annually to the student who makes the best record in one year's work in British or Irish literature.

  • 2017 recipient: Tong Tong '17

Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prizes — awarded during Commencement Weekend

The Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prizes, one for poetry and one for fiction, are to be awarded annually for excellence in undergraduate writing to students whose dedication to the spirit of sharing and the making of literature carries into the future the spirit of Julia Smithson '76. The winning manuscripts are selected each year by a committee composed of faculty in the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English.

  • 2017 Primary Genre Poetry: Jackson Pierce '18
  • 2017 Primary Genre Fiction: Jackie Nicoletti '18
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