Awards

Each year, the Classics Department is pleased to present some of its top undergraduate students with awards acknowledging outstanding achievement and excellence in their field of study. For the Phillips and Modern Greek prizes, a language test to determine the winner of each prize is given in March; winners are honored at the Phillips Classical Prize Ceremony held in April. The awards are made possible through the benevolence and generosity of University of Michigan alumni and patrons of the Classics.


The Phillips Classical Prizes were made possible through an endowment fund, bequeathed to the Department in the will of Henry Phillips, a supporter of the University who passed away in 1895.

Awarded in memory of Henry Phillips for excellence in classical Greek and in Latin at both the elementary and intermediate levels, as determined by written exams given each year near the end of winter term. Winners also receive a notation of the award on their academic records.
The Phillips Classical Prizes
The Copley Prize Awarded in memory of Frank O. Copley to the most outstanding undergraduate senior who excels in the study of Latin.
The Seligson Prize Awarded in honor of Gerda M. Seligson recognizing the most exceptional undergraduate Classical Greek concentrator.
The Classical Archaeology Prize Awarded to the top undergraduate student for distinguished achievement in the study of Classical Archaeology.
The Classical Civilization Prize Awarded to the top undergraduate student for distinguished achievement in the study of Classical Civilization.
Awarded to top undergraduate students for excellence demonstrated in a Modern Greek translation competition in both the elementary and intermediate levels.
The Modern Greek Prizes
Undergraduate Research and Travel Awards
The Department has recently instituted a competition for small grants (maximum of $500) for the purposes of undergraduate research or travel in the summer months. Information about this competition will be made available early in the Winter term.