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.
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.
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.
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.
2011-2012: Jayde Matchem
2008-2009: Phillip Bounds
Outstanding Graduating Philosophy Student Award
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)