Two graduates smile at commencement.

The Medallion for Academic Excellence Awards

The Medallion for Academic Excellence is an annual award given to recognize the accomplishments of select graduates. Department Chairs and faculty consider criteria including cumulative grade point average, excellence in research, academic creativity and demonstrated commitment to the values of a liberal arts education. Academic departments have named their medallion for a luminary from the past, or after someone who has deeply affected the discipline or for an outstanding person who helped to shape the course of study at Villanova University.

The Damas-Senghor-Césaire Award; Africana Studies

The Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jazairi Medallion; Arab and Islamic Studies

The Edward F. Jenkins, OSA, Award; Founder of Villanova’s Astronomy Department; Astrophysics and Planetary Science

The Rosalind Franklin Award; Noted DNA Crystallographer; Biochemistry

The John M. Mcclain Award; Outstanding Educator and Administrator in Biology; Biology

The G.N. Quam Award; Professor and Innovator in Safety Research in Chemistry; Chemistry

The Howard A. Grelis, OSA, Award; Outstanding Educator and Classical Scholar; Classical Studies

The Medallion of Excellence Award In Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience; Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

The Edward R. Murrow Award; Distinguished Broadcast Journalist; Communication

The James J. Markham Award; Founder of the Comprehensive Science Program; Comprehensive Science

The Robert E. Beck Medallion; Respected Professor and Founding Chair; Computing Sciences

The Edwin Sutherland Award; Father of Modern Criminology; Criminology

The John Maynard Keynes Award; Founder of Modern Macro-Economic Theory; Economics

The Joseph A. Burns, OSA, Award; Beloved Professor; Education

The Edward Mcgrath Award; Esteemed Professor in Literature; English

The Rachel Carson Award; Founder of the Contemporary Environmental Movement; Environmental Science

The Rev. Joseph J. Gildea, OSA, Award; Eminent Scholar in Medieval French; French and Francophone Studies

The Alexander Von Humboldt Award; Early Geographer and Scientist; Geography

The Cosmas Award; Cosmas Indicopluestes—“Cosmas the Indian Ocean Traveler”—A Sixth-Century Egyptian Monk; Global Interdisciplinary Studies

The Christopher Dawson Award; Renowned Historian of Religion and Culture

The Karol Wojtyla Award; Priest, Pope, Poet and Defender of Human Dignity; Humanities

The Dante Alighieri Award; Poet, Mystic, and Philosopher; Italian

Medallion Of Excellence Award In Latin American Studies; Latin American Studies

The Emil Amelotti Award; Founder of Villanova’s Mathematics Department, Mathematics

The Gustavo Gutiérrez, Op Award; Peace and Justice Education

The Robert Russell, OSA, Award; Philosophy

The William Driscoll Award; Founder of Villanova’s Physics Department; Physics

The Fritz Nova Award; Respected Professor of Political Science; Political Science

The Bernard L. Bonniwell Award; Innovative Educator and First Chair of the Department; Psychology

The Alexander Pushkin Award; Russian Studies

The John E. Hughes Award; Founder of Villanova’s Sociology Department; Sociology

The Teresa Of Avila Award; Saint, Mystic Poet, Carmelite Nun, and Doctor of the Church; Spanish


Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society

Phi Beta Kappa (ΦBK) is a National Honors Fraternity for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Since that time, its rigorous and comprehensive standards have made election to it a premier sign of excellence. The Sigma of Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was created at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova in April 1986.

The Phi Beta Kappa standards reflect the highest ideals of liberal education at Villanova—education that is concerned with values and facts, as well as wisdom and knowledge; education that seeks freedom from ignorance, alienation, and inhumanity; that values intellectual integrity and tolerance over expediency, and breadth of scholarly achievement over specialized expertise. Juniors and seniors who are candidates for a degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, whose academic achievements reflect the goals of Phi Beta Kappa, and who meet specific criteria shall be eligible for consideration for election to Phi Beta Kappa.

Sylvia Aalund ’23 CLAS

Natalie Anderson ’23 CLAS

Tina Aron ’23 CLAS

Allison Bajada ’23 CLAS

Molly Baker ’23 CLAS

Erin Brockmeier ’23 CLAS

Anna Bryce ’23 CLAS

Katherine Burke ’23 CLAS

Dottie Callard ’23 CLAS

Jordan Case ’23 CLAS

Maddie Cerulli ’23 CLAS

Cynthia Choo ’23 CLAS

Mikayla Covello ’23 CLAS

Ryan Crowley ’23 CLAS

Eleanor Dalsass ’23 CLAS

Michael Davis ’23 CLAS

Jenna DeLeo ’23 CLAS

Tommy DeStefanis ’23 CLAS

Julia Diamandi ’23 CLAS

Cory Dottor ’23 CLAS

Nick Downing ’23 CLAS

Kaitlyn Eddy ’23 CLAS

Aidan Fecko ’23 CLAS

Alexander Fezza ’23 CLAS

Sara Hecht ’23 CLAS

Allison Heltz ’23 CLAS

Julia Herrman ’23 CLAS

Dominic Holcomb ’23 CLAS

Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS

Anna Kaye ’23 CLAS

Olivia Kunitsky ’23 CLAS

Joey LaMorte ’23 CLAS

Kylie Lawlor ’23 CLAS

Josh Leppien ’23 CLAS

Keely Likosky ’23 CLAS

Ava Lundell ’23 CLAS

Grace Lundell ’23 CLAS

Morgan MacCartney ’23 CLAS

Aubrey Mackay ’23 CLAS

Julia Mastino ’23 CLAS

Becca McDonough ’23 CLAS

Will McNey ’23 CLAS

Estefania Mendoza ’23 CLAS

Julia Micklo ’23 CLAS

Katherine Moffa ’23 CLAS

Bronwyn Mogck ’23 CLAS

Julia Moon ’23 CLAS

Belle Morgan ’23 CLAS

Anh Nguyen ’23 CLAS

Eleanor Noone ’23 CLAS

Kevin O'Donnell ’23 CLAS

Adrianna Ogando ’23 CLAS

Abby Patchell ’23 CLAS

Lauren Pezzi ’23 CLAS

Olivia Pistella ’23 CLAS

Hannah Pontari ’23 CLAS

Caroline Ramundo ’23 CLAS

Rachel Reardon ’23 CLAS

Julia Redpath ’23 CLAS

Gray Ricca ’23 CLAS

Ajee Robinson ’23 CLAS

Nathan Ruddy ’23 CLAS

Olivia Sabalaskey ’23 CLAS

Sarina Sandwell ’23 CLAS

Claire Schroder ’23 CLAS

Cecile Schuller ’23 CLAS

Madeline Scolio ’23 CLAS

Peyton Stauffer ’23 CLAS

Noah Swan ’23 CLAS

Ander Swartz ’23 CLAS

Stephen Terry ’23 CLAS

Morgan Torre ’23 CLAS

Megan Tumelty ’23 CLAS

Isabella Valentino ’23 CLAS

Caitlin Van Goeverden ’23 CLAS

Sarah VanFleet ’23 CLAS

Ryan Vaughan ’23 CLAS

Daniel White ’23 CLAS

Sarah Whynott ’23 CLAS

Nina Williams ’23 CLAS

Daniel Wisniewski ’23 CLAS

Bolu Adesanmi ’24 CLAS

Nikki Holmes ’24 CLAS

Jacob Johnston ’24 CLAS

Rachel Rhee ’24 CLAS

Megan Rigione ’24 CLAS

Alice Wu ’24 CLAS