Undergraduate Prizes & Awards

The Gauss Prize for Excellence in Philosophy is offered, at most annually, to an undergraduate who has impressed the faculty with her or his commitment to, and understanding of, the discipline of philosophy. The prize is occasionally awarded to more than one student in a given year.

The Thacher-Reynolds Prize supports research by a philosophy major in his or her final summer and academic year at the University. Candidates must submit research proposals in the spring of their junior year. The Prize is worth $2000. The Thacher-Reynolds Prize is made possible by generous gifts from two individuals: 

  1. Michael Thacher, a University alumnus; and 
  2. Daniel H. Weiss, President of Lafayette College (Easton, Pennsylvania), in honor of his relative Matthew Reynolds, a University alumnus, who died of cancer while a student at New York University.

The department accepts applications for the Thacher-Reynolds Fellowship(s) each spring. Click here HERE for info on how to apply.



Philosophy Fellow Examines Cognitive Phenomenal Intentionality

Harry Rosenberg is the 2015-2016 Thacher-Reynolds Fellow. On April Harry presented his impressive research paper “Cognitive Phenomenal Intentionality” to department faculty. Harry has been very active in the department, most notably as Philosophy Club president.

Photo: Alumnus and donor Michael Thacher, 2015-16 Thacher-Reynolds Fellow Harry Rosenberg, and faculty mentor Dr. Eric Saidel pose for a picture.