Honors & Awards

Awards in Economics

Alena Wels Hirschorn Prize is awarded in two parts.

The 1st is to the junior student judged by the economic faculty to have written the best essay on the subject of domestic or international economics. The paper need not have been written during the junior year or at Barnard.

The 2nd is to the best senior thesis as determined by the economics faculty

Katharine Provost Memorial Prize is awarded for superior work by an undergraduate major in economics.

Beth Niemi Memorial Prize is awarded to an outstanding senior majoring in Economics.

Sylvia Kopald Selekman Prize is awarded to the first-year student doing the best work in introductory economics.

Economics majors are also eligible for other College-wide prizes and scholarships. Consult the Honors section of the Barnard College Catalogue for more details. The Department is responsible for nominating its majors for these prizes and scholarships. If you have any questions, ask your major advisor or the department chair

Department Honors in Economics

Nomination for College departmental honors requires a Major GPA of at least 3.50 or Distinction in the Senior Requirement. Because the department may nominate no more than 20% of graduating seniors for honors, a higher major GPA (>3.65) is typically required in practice.

Distinction in the Senior Requirement is awarded to majors who earn an A or A+ on the thesis or an A or A+ on both the senior seminar and an upper-level elective.