Graduation Awards and Prizes

Yale-NUS College Graduation Awards, Medals and Prizes for Students

Notes (unless otherwise stated)

  • The graduation prizes and awards will be presented at the Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony.
  • Selection committees will recommend the recipient of each award, medal or prize to the Committee on Awards, Medals and Prizes (CAMP) for endorsement.
  • No award will be made unless there is a candidate of sufficient merit.

 Academic Prizes

Bernard Bate Prize for the Outstanding Capstone Project in Anthropology

The Bernard Bate Prize was established in memory of the late Professor Bernard Bate, a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist and member of the College’s inaugural faculty. While at Yale-NUS, Professor Bate helped design and teach a number of courses while also serving as Head of Studies for the Anthropology Major. The Prize, supported by members of the College’s faculty and staff as well as Professor Bate’s friends, is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone project in anthropology.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Anthropology. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Anthropology
Prize: Certificate and $3,000

Sheila N. Hayre Prize for Outstanding Capstone Project in Law and Liberal Arts

The Sheila N. Hayre Prize in Law and Liberal Arts is made possible through the generosity of the founding president of Yale-NUS College, Professor Pericles Lewis, and is named in honour of his wife, Sheila N. Hayre, who was a senior lecturer at the NUS Faculty of Law.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Law and Liberal Arts. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Law and Liberal Arts
Prize: Certificate and $2,000

Tan Sing Meng Prize for Outstanding Capstone Project in Chinese Studies

The Tan Sing Meng Prize in Chinese Studies is named after Mr Tan Sing Meng, a Mathematics teacher and educator. Born during World War II, Mr Tan was only able to pursue undergraduate studies during his late 20s. However, his early education, which was entirely in Chinese, fuelled his interest in the language as well as Chinese literature and history. Mr Tan hoped to extend this love and passion for Chinese Studies to future generations of students. The Prize of $5,000 is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone project in Chinese Studies. This prize is made possible by Mr Bernard Tan and Ms Angeline Poon.

Criteria: To be selected from all students working on Chinese or China-related topics for their capstone projects. The selection will be made based on the project’s scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Yale-NUS Chinese Council
Prize: Certificate and $5,000

Outstanding Capstone Project in Arts and Humanities

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Arts and Humanities.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Arts and Humanities. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Arts and Humanities
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Economics

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Economics.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Economics. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Economics
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Environmental Studies

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Environmental Studies.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Environmental Studies. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Environmental Studies
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Global Affairs

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Global Affairs.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Global Affairs. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Global Affairs
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in History

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in History.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in History. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in History
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Life Sciences

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Life Sciences.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Life Sciences. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Life Sciences
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Literature

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Literature.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Literature. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Literature
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Philosophy

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Philosophy.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Philosophy. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Philosophy
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Physical Sciences

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Physical Sciences.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Physical Sciences. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Physical Sciences
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Psychology

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Psychology.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Psychology. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Psychology
Prize: Certificate and $500

Outstanding Capstone Project in Urban Studies

The prize is awarded to the graduating student who produces the outstanding capstone in Urban Studies.

Criteria: The highest scoring projects will be considered by the Head of Studies and faculty in Urban Studies. One capstone project in this group may be chosen based on scholarly merit, originality and contribution to the field of study.

Awarding Body: Head of Studies and faculty in Urban Studies
Prize: Certificate and $500

Non-Academic Prizes

Class of 2017 Award

The Class of 2017 Award was established to honour the College’s inaugural senior class. As the College’s first-ever student cohort, members of the Class of 2017 have been instrumental in setting up Yale-NUS College. This award recognises the graduating student who is voted by their peers as having contributed the most towards the College. This prize is made possible by Mrs Doris Sohmen-Pao.

Awarding Body: The recipient will be selected by the current graduating class through a voting process managed by the Student Government
Award: Medal

Emerging Young Leader Award

The Emerging Young Leader Award is given to a graduating student who has made tangible, sustained contributions in tackling a local or global challenge, thereby enhancing the quality of life in their communities. This award is made possible by Mdm Kay Kuok.

Criteria:
• Clarity in purpose – sustained commitment to producing positive change (social or otherwise)
• Translating purpose to action – demonstrated impact in area(s) of change
• Model of integrity – no disciplinary actions at Yale-NUS or other institutions

Awarding Body: Centre for International and Professional Experience
Award: Certificate and $3,000