At academic awards assemblies at the end of each spring semester, the University presents awards recognizing the outstanding achievement of individual students. The departmental awards are based on achievement in specific academic disciplines. Some of the departmental and collegiate awards are based on a combination of leadership, scholarship, and service. The collegiate awards for students with the best academic records take into account credit load and grades; students who opt for the Pass/No Pass grading option in a course will not be eligible for best academic record awards unless the original grades submitted by the instructor to the Registrar's Office would qualify them.
The Henry David Thoreau Award for an outstanding senior in environmental studies