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.
The Bucknell Prizes were founded by William Bucknell and include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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