Congratulations to 2022-23 Sperry Writing Prize in Religion Winners

The Religion Department is delighted to announce the winners of the Sperry Writing Prize in Religion for papers written in a Religion course during 2022-23. The Sperry Writing Prize is awarded annually to up to three students for the best essay, body of essays, or research paper written in any course offered by the Religion Department. Student papers are nominated by professors in the spring and reviewed by a faculty subcommittee over the summer. The winners are announced in early fall. 

The Sperry Writing Prize is reserved for continuing students only (not graduating seniors) and is our way of indicating to our students that we recognize, honor, and celebrate excellent writing and student work! Winners of the prize will receive a certificate and a cash award.

Please join us in congratulating the following students on their outstanding achievement:

  • GIDEON GRUEL '26 — REL 31 in 23W, nominated by Prof. Christopher MacEvitt for "Reformed Prostitutes: Comparing Christian and Roman Sexual Politics in Late Antiquity"
  • RUBY BENJAMIN '26 — REL 1.11 in 23S, nominated by Prof. Sara Swenson for "The Implications of Orthopraxy on Female Identity"
  • TEA WALLMARK '25 — REL 80.12 in 23S, nominated by Prof. Gil Raz for "The Rise of Chongxuan Daoism: The Daoist Use of Buddhist Madhyamaka in the Early Tang Dynasty"

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