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Undergraduate Prizes and Awards

Undergraduate Prizes and AwardsEach year, PEI confers several prizes to recognize the outstanding contributions of environmental studies certificate students and other Princeton undergraduates. Prize recipients are recognized as part of Class Day ceremonies for the Program in Environmental Studies.

The Peter W. Stroh ’51 Environmental Senior Thesis Prize

The Peter W. Stroh ’51 Environmental Senior Thesis Prize was established in 2003 as a memorial to Peter W. Stroh ’51, an active member of Princeton Environmental Institute’s Advisory Council and an enthusiastic supporter of the Environmental Studies Program. The $2,000 prize is awarded annually to that student who is determined to have written the best thesis on an environmental topic. more >>

Environmental Studies Senior Thesis Prize

The $1,000 Environmental Studies Senior Thesis Prize  is awarded annually to a senior in the Environmental Studies Certificate Program who has written an outstanding thesis in the broad area of Environmental Studies. Student nominations are made by departmental thesis advisers. more >>

T.A. Barron Prize for Environmental Leadership

The T.A. Barron Prize for Environmental Leadership  recognizes a member of the graduating class who has distinguished himself or herself by showing exceptional dedication to environmental concerns, not only in formal classes and independent academic work, but also by leading and encouraging activities among fellow students and in the community at large. Nominations are limited to one student per academic department. A seconding letter that addresses the student’s contributions to environmental leadership is also required. A $5,000 prize is awarded. more >>

Environmental Studies Book Prizes

Established in 2017, the Environmental Studies Book Prizes recognize one student in each of three categories for outstanding senior thesis research and the ability to communicate the results and significance of their work. The awards are presented in the areas of Environmental Humanities, Environmental Science and Environmental Policy. Candidates are interviewed by PEI faculty and members of the institute's executive committee, who then select the winners.

Becky Colvin Memorial Award

The Becky Colvin Memorial Award was established in memory of Becky Colvin '95, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) major who was strongly committed to field ecology and environmental studies. The fund provides support for travel, research supplies, and other research related expenses associated with field research for the senior thesis. Juniors in the Environmental Studies Program (ENV) or majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are eligible to apply for this competitive award. more >>