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Clara Willoughby Davidson Scholarship

Each year the Department of Religion has the option of awarding the Clara Willoughby Davidson Alumnae Scholarship to a Smith College senior or recent graduate who pursues an advanced degree in Biblical Studies and/or Philosophy of Religion, or in a related field that involves coursework in one or both of these disciplines. Preference is given to applicants who have completed a substantial number of relevant courses while at Smith. Students considering an academic track, seminary, divinity school, or rabbinical school are encouraged to consult with the appropriate faculty in the department well in advance of their senior year.

James Gardner Buttrick Prize

This is awarded annually for the best essay, written by a Smith undergraduate, on a subject in the field of religious studies.

2013 Recipients

Mackenzie Green '13, "Before, In, and After the Birth of Christ"
Caroline Quinn '13, "American Catholics and Political Participation: The Case of Cross Pressures and Identities"
Alison Swayne '13, "Through the Eyes of Diane di Prima: A Look at Buddhism as an Interpretative Framework in Recollections of My Life as a Woman"

List of previous recipients

2012: Jennifer Eckert '12
2011: Jennifer Fernandez AC '11 and Chime Lama '11
2010: Jaclyn Majewski '13, Jessica McQuillan '12, Natalie Sargent '12, and Laura Stanford '11J
2009: Emily Floyd '09
2008: Syretha Brooks '08
2007: Rebekah Saidman-Krauss '07
2006: Carolyn Creedon AC'06

Henry Lewis Foote Memorial Prize

This is awarded annually for the best essay, written by a Smith undergraduate, on a subject in the field of biblical studies.

2013 Recipients

Emily Branton '14, "An Anxious Preacher: Ecclesiastes, Canon, and the 'The Courage to Be'"
Sarah Ana Seligman '14, "The Akedah and the creation of a visual 'Midrash'"

List of previous recipients

2012: Natalie Sargent '12
2011: Natalie Sargent '12
2010: Sarah Woodbury '10
2009: Lilian Jackman AC'09
2008: Laura Bram '08
2007: Kathryn Fox '07 and Rachel Rubenstein '07
2006: Kaitlyn Webster '08

Jochanan H.A. Wijnhoven Prize

This is awarded annually for the best essay, written by a Smith undergraduate for a course in the Religion Department or Jewish Studies, on a subject in Jewish religious thought.

2013 Recipient

Katy Lora Swartz '13, "Innovation Within Tradition: Halachic Egalitarianism and the Role of Independent Minyanim”

List of previous recipients

2012: Hunter King '13 and Emma Cooke '14
2011: Lucy White '11
2009: Dara Kaye '09
2007: Chelsea Kline AC'07 and Rachel Rubenstein '07
2006: Stacey Baird '06

Submissions

A student competing for one or more of these prizes should submit her paper under an assumed name. A hard copy of the paper, together with a required cover sheet, should be submitted to Phoebe McKinnell, Green Street Classroom Annex 206, by noon on the last day of classes in the spring semester.

One need not be a Religion major to submit a paper for a prize and students may submit more than one paper. Prizes are typically awarded to midsized and longer papers that reflect substantial research and innovative thinking.

Winners are notified by the Dean of the College in writing and are announced on Commencement weekend at Last Chapel and at Convocation in the fall.