Dean’s Global Research Grant
(GLS only) Global Liberal Studies emphasizes independent research. As such, GLS students can apply for grants to help offset travel or other extraordinary expenses associated with major research projects, such as presentation of research at a conference. Students may submit an application for either a Thesis Research Grant or an Open Research Grant, which supports research projects not related to the senior thesis. More about Dean’s Global Research Grants.
At the end of each academic year, a Dean’s Honors List is compiled. This is an honor roll of matriculated students who have achieved an average of 3.65 or higher for that academic year (September-May) in at least 28 graded points. In order to be listed, a student must not have any grades of Incomplete or N at the time when the list is compiled. Note that grade point averages are not rounded off.
Elaine Kuntz Memorial Writing Prize
The Elaine Kuntz Memorial Writing Prize was established in 1988 in memory of Dr. Kuntz, who was the program’s first associate director and a member of the writing faculty. The prize is awarded to a first-year student each year for an outstanding essay composed in a writing course. The award recipient receives a certificate and a monetary award.
Founders Day Award
(GLS only) This honor recognizes graduating seniors that rank in the top 35% of the senior class of their school based on GPA. Select outstanding seniors may also be given the Founders Day Award based on the discretion of the dean. To be eligible, a student must have completed at least 64 points in the GLS B.A., in courses in which letter grades were received. Awardees are notified on Founders Day (April 21).
(GLS only) To graduate with Latin honors, a student must have completed at least 64 points in the GLS B.A., in courses in which letter grades were received. All graded courses taken while enrolled in GLS, including courses taken from other divisions of the University, will be used in computing the honors average. Pass grades are not counted, and grades received in courses taken at other institutions are also not included. The student must also have a satisfactory record of conduct. More about Latin Honors.
Senior Thesis Prize
(GLS only) The GLS Senior Thesis Prizes recognize outstanding achievement in GLS student scholarship and creative work. Each year, GLS awards prizes in two categories: Best Scholarly Thesis and Best Creative Thesis. Each GLS concentration first selects a Best Scholarly Thesis winner and, in concentrations where creative theses are permitted, a Best Creative Thesis winner within the concentration. A GLS-wide Best Overall Scholarly Thesis winner and Best Overall Creative Thesis winner are then chosen from among the concentration winners. Concentration Prizes are honorary recognitions. The Best Overall Scholarly Thesis Prize and the Best Overall Creative Thesis Prize each come with a cash award of $500.
Valedictorian and Banner Bearer
(GLS only) Each year the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA is named Valedictorian of the graduating class and at All-University Commencement processes and serves as class representative for receiving the bachelor’s degree. The graduating senior with the second highest cumulative GPA is named Banner Bearer of the graduating class and processes at All-University Commencement.