Student Involvement Prizes and Awards

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    Assistant Dean of Students Stephanie Grimes served as 2018 master of ceremonies.

Thank you to those who submitted nominations. We are no longer accepting any new nominations. 

The Dean of Students Office invites faculty and staff to nominate undergraduate and/or graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to the Brandeis community. We are looking for contributions of leadership, social consciousness and activism, community building, and service.

While we pay special attention to graduating seniors, several prizes will go to students in other class years. Please consider nominating outstanding first-years, sophomores, junior, and graduate students.

Student Involvement Prizes and Awards is one of many student recognition programs at Brandeis. The selected students will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, May 5, 2022 and will be listed in the Commencement program.

If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at

The Selection Committee is seeking recommendations for students who have shown exemplary participation in the contemporary life of the university, and who have demonstrated scholarship and leadership that reflect the Core Values of the Dean of Students Office:

Some of the prizes awarded are described below.

Award Name


Michael Kalafatas ’65 Admissions Prize To an outstanding Brandeis senior who has greatly contributed to the admissions process throughout their time at the university. Recipient of the prize should be identified by the Office of Admissions.

Robert B. Sherman ’67 Memorial Prize

Student must have demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing social diversity and cooperation, to promoting social welfare through political thought and activism, and to helping people achieve their rights.

Herman and Bessie Blum Memorial Award

To a junior/s who contribute to the well-being of their fellow students through kindness and consideration.

Joseph and Ida Burtman Award

To a student who displays scholarship and general leadership.

Bruce R. Mayper Memorial Award

To two students for general activities promoting interracial amity or for individual work in the field of interracial relations.

Maurice L. Shaer Memorial Prize

To deserving freshmen, sophomores and/or juniors who are receiving financial aid at Brandeis. One freshman, one sophomore and one junior.

Jacob and Bella Thurman Award for Social Citizenship

To student or students who have demonstrated the highest type of social citizenship.

Textile Veterans Association Honor Award

To a graduating senior who has evidenced outstanding extracurricular activities leadership.

Edwin E. Hokin Memorial Prize

To a student who demonstrates ideals of community service and good citizenship.

Harry S. Levitan Prize

To a student who displays kindliness, sympathetic understanding, and high moral character (academic grades not to be considered, although students must meet acceptable academic standards).

Kukin Moskowitz Prize for Excellence

Prize for graduating senior for academic achievement, character, and leadership w/ commitment to excellence.

Kappa Eta Sigma Award

To a sophomore who by thoughtfulness and kindness has contributed to the well-being of their fellow students.

Katherine A. Chernosky Memorial Award for Conscientious and Creative Living

To an individual whose manner of living embodies mature, conscientious dedication to duty, to family, and to friends.

Rose Schlow Award

To a student or students who by thoughtfulness and kindness to others has contributed to the well-bing of their fellow students

Brandeis National Committee Presidential Scholarship Award

The Brandeis National Committee selects a junior who demonstrates leadership in campus activities and who through academic achievement, exemplifies the well-rounded student, a library work student, if possible.

Linda Heller Kamm ’61 Prize

Chosen by students — a student who has demonstrated leadership in the advocacy of social justice.

David A. Alexander ’79 Memorial Award for Social Consciousness and Activism

Chose by students — a student who is a leader in social consciousness and activism.

Student Involvement Award

Given to a student or students who has contributed significantly to student life on campus.