Commencement Prizes and Awards

The Esther Goldman Prize for Excellence in Classical Art and Archaeology and Ancient History

The Esther Goldman Prize for Excellence in Classical Art and Archaeology and Ancient History (formerly the Eunice M. Lebowitz Cohen Prize for Excellence in Classical Art and Archaeology) was established to honor a junior or senior who has demonstrated academic prowess in the study of classical art, archaeology, and ancient history.

Past Recipients

Year Student(s)
2017 Savannah Bishop ’17
2016 Ana-Sofia Meneses ’16, David Picker-Kille ’16
2015 Brittany Joyce ’15
2014 Elizabeth Allen ’14
2013 Alison Crandall ’13
2012 Otis Monroe ’12
2011 Jessica Schaengold ’11
2010 Lee A. Marmor ’10
2009 Alexander J. Smith ’09
2008 Jenny A. Zimmer ’08
2007 Christopher A. Farrell ’07
2006 Catherine K. Baker ’06
2005 Rebecca C. Pynoos ’05
2004 Jessica R. Greenberg ’05
2003 Erin I. Bryan ’04
2002 Andrea Lankin ’02

The Esther Goldman Prize for Excellence in Classical Literature

The Esther Goldman Prize for Excellence in Classical Literature (formerly The Eunice M. Lebowitz Cohen Prize for Excellence in Classical Literature) was established to honor a junior or senior who has demonstrated academic prowess in the study of Classical literature.

Past Recipients

Year Student(s)
2017 Jacob Abrams ’17
2016 Matthew Chernick ’16
2015 Daniel Cline ’15
2014 Benjamin Federlin ’14
2013 Kristina Birthisel ’13 and Melanie Steinhardt ’13
2012 Yael Katzwer ’12
2011 Noam Sienna ’11
2010 Laurence Aimée Birnbaum ’10
2009 Emrys Bell-Schlatter ’09
2008 Matthew A. Brown ’08
2007 Nathaniel L. Ralston ’07
2006 Benjamin M. Woodring ’06
2005 Catherine K. Baker ’06
2004 Abigail R. Porter ’04
2003 Jane A. Callahan ’04
2002 Sonya L. Taaffe ’03

The David S. Wiesen Memorial Prize

The David S. Wiesen Memorial Prize was established following the untimely death of Professor David S. Wiesen (1936-1982), quondam Samuel Lemberg Professor of Classics, who taught at Brandeis from 1966-1975. A creative scholar and teacher, Professor Wiesen published studies of Vergil, Tacitus and Juvenal.

In his eulogy of David, our own Professor Douglas Stewart quoted Catullus: Atque in Perpetuum Frater ave Atque Vale. The fund continues through gifts from David's former colleagues and students, including particularly generous pledges from David's widow, Ellen Cohen Wiesen '60, and his students Frederic Siegel '71 and Paul Trusten '73, R. Ph.

We honor him annually by bestowing this prize on a particularly worthy graduate in the field of classics.

Past Recipients

Year Student(s)
2017 Taylor Mckinnon ’17
2016 Spencer Stevens ’16
2015 Fallon Bushee ’15
2014 Emily Stott ’14
2013 Rebecca Kellogg-Rideau ’13
2012 Louis Polisson ’12
2011 Alissa Thomas ’11
2010 Elizabeth L. Moguel ’10
2009 Lee A. Marmor ’09
2008 Kevin E. Goscinak ’08
2007 Michael P. Mello ’07
2006 Gayle M. McElvain ’06
2005 Jessica R. Greenberg ’06
2004 Jane A. Callahan ’04
2003 Sonya L. Taaffe ’03
2002 Lyndsey Menzin ’02
2001 Joel Christensen ’01
2000 ----
1999 Ely Levine ’99