Each year, the Core Curriculum recognizes continuing and graduating students who distinguish themselves through exemplary academic performance, classroom participation, and community leadership.
The James Patrick Devlin Award
Established in 2011, this award commemorates one of Core’s original faculty in the program, James Patrick Devlin. Awards are given to second-semester Core students who demonstrate outstanding writing in their first-year Core courses and who plan to continue onto one or both of the Core second-year course sequences. The award consists of the purchase of all books for one sophomore Core class each semester, as well as a stipend of $250. Two students will be presented with an award each year. A committee of Core professors will review the submissions. Winners will be announced at the spring Core Banquet. Click here to see a list of winners of the Devlin Award.
The application deadline for Spring 2020 is 5 PM on April 13. Click here to download a pdf of the application steps; all application materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students with questions about the award or application process can contact Prof. Kyna Hamill at email@example.com.
Core Awards for Divisional Distinction
Awarded since 2014, the Divisional Distinction Awards recognize the exceptional performance of students in each of the four academic divisions of the Core Curriculum: the First-Year Humanities; the Second-Year Humanities; the Natural Sciences; and the Social Sciences. Nominations for the Core Awards for Divisional Distinction are submitted by faculty members to the awards committee in the spring semester, and the awards are announced at the annual Core Banquet. Winners receive book prizes.
Students with questions about this award can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click here to see a list of winners of the Divisional Distinction Awards.
The Polytropos Award
Given to graduating seniors, the Polytropos Award honors students whose varied accomplishments and extraordinary service to the Core Curriculum merit the designation of “polytropos,” the first adjective applied by Homer to describe the hero of his Odyssey. The Polytropos Award is given both in recognition of what a student has accomplished and in expectation of what he or she will accomplish, and in gratitude for their ongoing mindfulness of the Core community. Each Polytropos recipient has helped the Core in areas such as tutoring and mentoring, classroom visits, Freshman Fridays, Summer Advising, Open Houses, focus groups, presentations on Core and major concentrations, speaking about the Core with parents, reporters, and visitors, and help with the day-to-day functioning of the program. Students are awarded with a certificate and book prizes.
The Polytropos Awards are announced at the annual Core Banquet. Click here to view a list of Polytropos winners.