Three L&S students earn Dean's Prizes

May 12th 2016
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The College of Letters & Science has awarded the 2016 Dean’s Prize to three talented and accomplished students.

Finola Kane-Grade, Phoenix Rice-Johnson and Joseph L’Huillier will receive their awards at the Letters & Science Honors Program reception on May 15, 2016 at the Gordon Dining and Event Center.

The Dean’s Prize is awarded annually to the college’s most outstanding undergraduate scholars in the senior class. To be considered, students must possess a minimum grade point average of 3.90; be a comprehensive honors candidate in the L&S Honors Program; have completed a thesis or other major research project; and have made significant contributions to the university or broader community.


Finola Kane-Grade, from Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin is graduating with Comprehensive Honors completing both a psychology major and a music performance major. She will be working at Yale Medical School as a Predoctoral Fellow in Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience before attending medical school.

“Finola is an extremely meritorious student, who works very hard. She is clearly one on the top students I have encountered in my twenty years of teaching,” says Professor of Psychology Seth Pollack.


Phoenix Rice-Johnson, a 2015 Truman scholar from Pahoa, Hawaii is a Comprehensive Honors student completing majors in Political Science and International Studies with a certificate in South Asian Studies. After attending the Truman Institute this summer, Phoenix will be working as a Research Program Associate for the Brennan Center for Justice. She plans to attend law school.

“Phoenix is very-well rounded, mature, and responsible. She is extremely outgoing and friendly, works well with others, and is a natural leader,” says Professor of Political Science David Canon.


Joseph L’Huillier, from Sobieski, Wisconsin, is completing biology honors and psychology majors. He will begin medical school at UW-Madison in the fall.

“His background represents enormous breadth…and he has fantastic potential for a future in medicine and research. He demonstrates keen leadership qualities,” says professor Nansi Colley, Opthalmology and Visual Sciences and Genetics.