Senior Essay Prize and Wojtyla Medallion

Senior Essay Prize

The Department of Humanities Senior Essay Prize is awarded for an essay that demonstrates excellence, depth, and wisdom in its sustained enagement with a question of importance to our understanding of the human condition.

Click here for a full list of our 2016 and 2017 Humanities Senior Essays.

We are proud to announce our Senior Essay Prize winners:

  • 2017: Eric Aldieri, Where Time and Eternity Spatter Each Other with Foam: Signs of the Sacred & the Beautiful Impossibility of Home
  • 2016: Ali Laird, Sticky Little Leaves: Non-Locality, Non-Euclidean Geometry, and Positive Knowing in the Brothers Karamazov
  • 2015: Charles Bates, Is God Love?: Converging and Convincing Arguments for the Truth of Christian Faith
  • 2014: David Kim, Reconciling Man’s Irrationality through Synthesis: Love, the Crown of Rationality
  • 2013: Sarah J. McNally, The Good Life in the Age of Advertising
  • 2012: Victoria L. Barry, The Abolition of Justice: Exposing the Need to Restore the Virtue of Justice to American Legal Theory
  • 2011: Cristina D'Averso, The Circle of Love: Tracing Its Origin and Discussing Is Implications
  • 2010: Keenan D. Lynch, A Better Search for the "Better Place": Consideration of Hannah Coulter with regard to the State of Happiness Today
  • 2009: Madeline A. Chera, Counterculture and Communion: Beyond Industrial Systems for a Fuller Understanding of Food

Karol Wojtyla Medallion for Excellence in Humanities

Each year the Department of Humanities awards its Karol Wojtyla Medallion for Excellence in Humanities, named in honor of Pope John Paul II, to a student who has exemplified both academic excellence and the spirit of the department. Our Wojtyla Medallion winners are:

  • Ethan Swain, 2018
  • Gabriella Berman, 2017
  • Hindley Williams, 2016
  • Sara Thoms, 2015
  • Michael Vazquez, 2014
  • Ryan M. Brown, 2013
  • Paul M. Dupont, 2012
  • Paul R. Trahey, 2011
  • Charles A. Gillespie, 2010
  • Madeline A. Chera, 2009
  • Anne Marie Bonner, 2009
  • Loretta A. Vasile, 2008
  • Paul John Gorre, 2007
  • Michael Ostroff, 2006
  • Gregory Grimes, 2005



Contact Us

Department of Humanities

St. Augustine Center Room 304
Villanova University 
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Phone: 610.519.6165
Fax: 610.519.5307

Chairperson: Dr. Mark Shiffman
Administrative Assistant: Luisa Ruggieri