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First-Year Experience

FYE Prize

Candace Carlucci Backus '66 FYE Prize in Honor of Student Academic Achievement in the First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience Prize, supported with the generosity of Candace Carlucci Backus ’66, will be awarded annually to up to three projects by first-year students in recognition of exceptional scholarly or artistic achievement in the fall’s Scribner Seminars.

During the spring semester, the First-Year Experience Office will solicit nominations from the previous fall’s Scribner Seminar instructors. Nominations may be either for individual or collaborative projects, and may include any kind of exemplary work – written, visual, or performative.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 FYE Prize Winners:


Graham Adams

  • Project title:  "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Modern Angel"
  • Seminar:  Joseph Cermatori, “Myth and Modernity"

Elizabeth Druke

  • Project topic: Recreational Reading Habits of Young Children 
  • Seminar:  Rebecca Johnson, “Reading Minds”

Leanne Garten

  • Project title:  "Rising Temperatures"
  • Seminar:  Barbara Black, “Imagined London"