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.
The Deans' Award
The Deans' Award recognizes up to ten undergraduates per year for their outstanding academic contributions.
Phi Beta Kappa
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.
The President's Award for Academic Excellence in the Freshman Year
The President's Award for Academic Excellence in the Freshman Year honors students who have exceptionally distinguished academic records that exemplify a strong program of study in the freshman year.
Writing and Presentation Awards
- 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.
- Golden, Firestone, and Kennedy Thesis Awards recognizes 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.
- The Lunsford Oral Presentation of Research Award recognizes innovative multimedia presentations that students create in their PWR 2 classes. This award is for second-year students in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.
- The Hoefer Prizes for Excellence for Writing in the Major recognizes outstanding Stanford undergraduate writing in the Writing in the Major courses.