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Undergraduate Awards

H&S administers awards to outstanding undergraduate students across disciplines. Find specific information about our awards below.

The J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement

Established in 2006, this award is one of Stanford's most selective recognitions of a student's overall academic performance. The top 25 graduating seniors in the School of Humanities and Sciences are honored for their efforts and academic achievements throughout their undergraduate education. 

As part of this award, each recipient is presented with:

  • The in-person recognition of the secondary school teacher whom the awardee names as the most influential instructor in their scholastic career
  • The recognition of the academic advisor at Stanford or recognition of other influential Stanford faculty or staff member
  • A luncheon celebrating the reception of this award along with all other award recipients

The award is named after President Sterling, who was a distinguished Chancellor and former Stanford President. During his tenure from 1949 to 1968, Stanford reached national prominence through Sterling's efforts to create clusters of top scholars that would attract the best students in the country, known as  "Steeples of Excellence."

Dean's Prize in Music

Up to three H&S Dean's Prizes in Music are awarded every year to outstanding students in either:

  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance

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The Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts

Established in 1983 by Mr. Louis Sudler, this prize recognizes the work of outstanding students in:

  • Music
  • Art
  • Performance Disciplines
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance

Mr. Louis Sudler was an enthusiast and participant of the arts in his hometown of Chicago until his death in 1992.

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