The Department of Philosophy confers the following Student Awards as determined by the Faculty of the Department:
Kathryn Anne Governal Perseverance Award was established in 2002 by the generous gift of Dr. George and Mrs. Roberta Governal in memory of their daughter, Kathryn Anne. Kathryn earned two degrees from the UA : the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Media Arts and a minor in Journalism in 1995; and the Master of Arts in Journalism in 1998. This award recognizes distinguished achievement by a student in overcoming personal, economic or physical obstacles in completing a degree at the UA.
Emil R. Riesen and Austin H. Riesen Undergraduate Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Philosophy and Remarkable Overall Performance, in memory of Professor Emil R. Riesen and his son, Professor Austin H. Riesen. Emil Riesen taught for many years in the early part of the 20th Century in what was then the UA Department of Philosophy and Psychology. He served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 1931-32. Austin Riesen was a prominent professor of psychology at the University of California at Riverside.
Past Award Winners
Kathryn A. Governal Perseverance Award
2020—Alex Poelstra and Zach Stout
2016—Sir T Jackson-Gatson
2012—Zachary H. Forman
Riesen Undergraduate Prize
2014—Matthew Paskell, Scott Plummer
2010—Ozlem Ozgur and Maureen Turner
2009—Sarah Lesson and Brian Gaseielle
2005—Caitlin Hall, Andres Lemons, Todd Arena
2004—Jay Lynch and Nikolaus Fogle
2000—James Cameron Paterson
1996—William Kuhn and Tamra Lefkowitz