Student Awards and Prizes

Each year, the Divinity School awards prizes for specific student achievements.


We are pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the following awards and prizes.

The John Gray Rhind Award has been presented annually since 1979 to an advanced student in the ministry program at the Divinity School whose excellence in academic and professional training gives notable promise of a significant contribution to the life of the church. Our 2018 recipient is Luke Allgeyer, an MDiv student.

The J. Coert Rylaarsdam Prize is awarded annually to reward a deserving Divinity School student who has made special efforts to promote interfaith relations with particular reference to the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. These efforts may be curricular or extracurricular. The recipients of the 2018 Rylaarsdam Prize are MDiv students Yitzhak Bronstein and Dahlia Herzog.

The Tikva Frymer-Kensky Memorial Prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the most accomplished essay integrating the materials and insights of at least two of the fields to which Professor Frymer-Kensky's own scholarship contributed: Hebrew Bible, biblical law, ancient Near Eastern studies, and ritual and/or feminist theology. This year the recipient is Sun Bok Bae (PhD student in Biblical Studies), for his essay, “Yahweh in a Suit: An Official Form of the Divine Appearance.”

The Divinity School Prize for Excellence in Teaching is to recognize and encourage the superior preparation of our doctoral students for careers in teaching. This award is given annually on the basis of self- nomination and the evaluation of a candidate's teaching portfolio. In 2018 three recipients were chosen: Emily Crews (PhD student, History of Religions), Aaron Hollander (PhD student, Theology), and Russell Johnson (PhD student, Philosophy of Religions).

In addition, the inaugural Ibrahim Rashed Quranic Studies Prize will be awarded later this summer.