Awards

    • The Richard and Jane Francis Award
      In honor of the memory of Richard Francis (d. 2005), the endowment for this prize was established in 2000 to award an annual prize of $1000 to a UCCS student for outstanding scholarship on furthering the study of St. Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Francis was a Professor in the Philosophy Department from 1966 until 1992, during which time he served as Philosophy Department Chair and LAS Dean. The winner of the prize is determined by a faculty committee on the basis of an essay contest. The award is offered in conjunction with the Medieval Philosophy course, but submissions are accepted more broadly. Winners are announced after the semester in which the deadline is set.
      • Congratulations to:
        • 2011-2012: Phillip Ray, "Death and Mysticism in St. Thomas Aquinas"
        • 2009-2010: Carlos Marine, "St. Thomas Aquinas on Addiction: What It Is, How It Works, and How to Stop It"
        • 2006-2007: Aaron Luttrell, "The Problem of Space, Time and Extension in Moses Maimonides and St. Thomas Aquinas"
        • 2005-2006: Jonathan Sparks, "Does God Think in Words?"
        • 2003-2004: Jordan Kiper
        • 2001-2002: Matthew Frum and Darla Alvarez-Hanson

    • The Eldon Stevens Award
      In honor of the memory of Eldon Stevens, the endowment for this award honors the outstanding Senior Thesis of the academic year. It was established in 2004 by Professor Emeritus Stevens (d. 2006), who taught in the Philosophy Department from 1973 until 1983. The award is $1000. The winner of the prize is determined by a faculty committee composed of the Senior Thesis advisors for the year.
      • Congratulations to:
        • 2011-2012: Robert Winston Mikulas
        • 2010-2011: Katie Spence
        • 2009-2010: Robb Vawter and Lawrence Norris
        • 2007-2008: Michael Rush
        • 2006-2007: Nate Siebert and Lana Garcia
        • 2005-2006: Jordan Kiper
        • 2004-2005: Joseph Kuzma

    • The Leni Sassower Graduate School Award
      This $1000 award was established in Spring of 2007 to support a female philosophy major accepted into a graduate program in honor of Leni Sassower (d. 2006). Click here for application.
      • Congratulations to:
        • 2009-2010: Karenleigh Overmann
        • 2008-2009: Christine Heljmstad
        • 2007-2008: Sarah Martin

 

    • The Timothy A. Duffy Law School Award
      This $1000 award was established in 2008-2009 by Timothy Duffy, a philosophy major at UCCS who graduated in 1991 and went on to the University of Chicago School of Law for his law degree. Any UCCS student with a major or double-major in Philosophy who has been accepted into a Law School after graduation is eligible. Applications are due to the Philosophy Department Chair by early April.Click herefor application.
      • Congratulations to:
        • 2011-2012: Jayde Matchem
        • 2008-2009: Phillip Bounds

 

    • Outstanding Graduating Philosophy Student Award
      • Congratulations to:
        • 2011-2012: Rachel Haddock
        • 2010-2011: Katie Spence
        • 2009-2010: Robert Vawter and Karenleigh Overmann
        • 2008-2009: Raymond Schultz
        • 2007-2008: Nate Siebert
        • 2006-2007: Travis Parkhurst
        • 2005-2006: Catherine Hagen
        • 2004-2005: Valeria Holtz 

    • Humanities Outstanding Student Award (who are Philosophy Majors)
      • Congratulations to:
        • 2009-2010: Karenleigh Overmann
        • 2008-2009: Sarah Martin