Perry and Romanel Awards

Cline and Nolan.

Published December 18, 2015

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the winners of the Romanell Award for the best graduate student work in the tradition of naturalism, and, the Thomas Perry Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation completed in the previous academic year.

Brendan Cline won the Romanel Award for his research in naturalism. Two of Cline's papers will soon be published. One, entitled "Nativism and the Evolutionary Debunking of Morality" will appear in the Review of Philosophy and Psychology.  The other paper, entitled "Moral Explanations: Thick and Thin", has been accepted by the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy.

Catherine Sweeney Nolan, PhD, won the Perry Prize for her recent dissertation, ‘The Metaphysics and Ethics of Vital Organ Donation.” WHile working as a graudate student, Catherine served as editor of the Nousletter, and created several outstanding posters for department conferences and events. This Fall, Catherine joined the faculty of the University of Dallas, Texas, as Affiliate Professor.

The Philosophy Department has several prizes that are awarded annually to our graduate students. The awards, made possible by the generous support of benefactors, include:

  • The Hare Prize for Best Paper: Awarded for the best graduate student work in any area of philosophy in the previous academic year.
  • The Hare Citizenship Prize: Awarded in recognition of a graduate student for leadership and participation in Departmental activities.
  • The Hourani Ethics Prize: Awarded for the best graduate student paper in ethics in the previous academic year.
  • The Thomas Perry Dissertation Prize: Awarded for the best dissertation completed in the previous academic year.
  • The Romanell Award: Awarded for the best graduate student work in the tradition of naturalism.