Stanford students can receive university awards for their academic, research, and writing excellence. The student awards included below are administered or supported by offices of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
Phi Beta Kappa is a nationwide society honoring students for the excellence and breadth of their undergraduate scholarly achievements.
To be considered, a student must take three courses of 3 units or more at Stanford with a grade of ‘B-’ or better in three domains of knowledge. These domains are humanities; science, engineering, and math; and social sciences. Students’ academic records are automatically reviewed, so no special action is required for students who wish to be considered for membership.
Golden, Firestone, and Kennedy Awards
The Golden, Firestone, and Kennedy Thesis Awards recognize the top honors theses written each year in an annual VPUE event. Recipients and their families are invited to this special ceremony during Commencement Weekend. Award announcements for the Golden, Firestone, and Kennedy Thesis Awards for 2020-21 coming in summer 2021.
Writing and Presentation Awards
The Boothe Prize recognizes outstanding examples of expository and argumentative writing. This is for first-year students in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and theThinking Matters Program.