Student Awards

Colgate W. Darden Award – established in 1960, this award is presented to the senior having the highest University of Mary Washington (formally known as Mary Washington College) grade point average.

Physics Major recipients:

  • 1982 — Julie Samson
  • 1994 — Dawn Baugher
  • 1996 — Jeanette LaCivita
  • 2000 — Kristin Buck
  • 2002 — Mohamed Chakhad

Einstein Prize Award – an award presented to a graduating physics major for outstanding performance, qualities adjudged as academic excellence, leadership and overall contributions to the physics program. This award was established in 1995 and funded initially by Dr. Bulent Atalay.

Past recipients:

  • 1995 — Etta Agan
  • 1996 — Jeanette La Civita
  • 1997 — Miki McCoy and Rita Stidham
  • 1998 — William Davis Lee
  • 2000 — Justin Conroy
  • 2002 — Nathan Baille and Katherine Maclay
  • 2004 — Erik Spahr
  • 2005 — Aiyana Garcia
  • 2010 — Laura Rickard
  • 2017 —┬áZaire Sprowal

Physics Faculty Award – established in 2002 by the physics faculty, this award recognizes a senior for outstanding academic accomplishment in the physics program.

Past recipients:

  • 2002 – Mohamed Chakhad
  • 2003 – Matthew Welz
  • 2004 – Kevin Pushee
  • 2005 – Christine Carlisle
  • 2006 – Cara Campbell
  • 2007 – Gardmer Marshall
  • 2008 – Katharine Mulrey
  • 2009 – Christopher Triola
  • 2010 – Brandi Rollins
  • 2011 – Joseph Thompson
  • 2013 – Darren Getts
  • 2017 –┬áPengcheng Zhang