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Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Awards

Goethe Essay Prize

Endowed in 1935 by Ludwig Vogelstein, is awarded annually for the best essay

on any topic in German literature or culture.  Originally it was awarded for

 essays on Goethe—no surprise there!—and was only open to graduate students

and seniors.  We thought that more of you deserved recognition for your effects

and so we have expanded the scope over the years.


Freshman/Sophomore Category

1st Prize - Fabio S. Cabrera

From Camels to Children: The Bad Conscience and Nietzsche’s Life-Affirming Spirit


Honorable Mentions: 

Casey Martin

A Noble Struggle: Comparative Morality in Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals


Rory Sheppard

Nietzsche and the Will: Exploring Strength through Self-Control


Junior/Senior category

1st Prize - Leo Levy 

Eine Subversion des Struwwelpeters. F.K. Waechters intertextuelle Kritik an Childismus


Graduate Category

1st Prize - David Dunham

The Data and Narratives of Cases: Karl Philipp Moritz and Johann Georg Zimmermann


Honorable Mentions: 

Tamar Gutfeld 

Dunkele, sehr dunkele, ziemlich dunkele Dinge – Family and Language in Stifter’s Turmalin


Dennis Wegner

Queer Gothic Realism: The Symbolic Heteronormative Order in Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne




Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Awards

Goethe Essay Prize


Freshman/Sophomore Category

2nd prize - Daniel Morton

Forbidden Fruit, or Natural Instinct? On the Genesis of Western Morality


Junior/Senior category

1st prize - John Yoon

Georg Trakls “Verfall”: Eine Interpretation


2nd prize – Reika Sullivan

Der Begriff der Bewegung in Hölderlins “Heidelberg”


2nd Prize - Griffin David Warren Smith-Nichols

Die Artikulierung der kulturellen Erneuerung in der Lyrik Stefan Georges:

Abrechnung mit dem Abgrund


3rd prize Senior - Joshua Sadinsky

Polarisierte deutsche Wahrnehmungen der amerikanischen Jazzmusik während

der Weimarer Republik: Jazz in Weimarer Kultur und Literatur


Graduate Category

1st prize – Daniel Friedman

„Betrachten Sie diese Dinge?“ – Lukács, Kracauer and the Difficulty of Realism


2nd prize - Mark Mandych

Translating Inheritance: Zafer Senocak’s Fiction of Family and Identity


2nd prize – Jette Gindner

Streaming Fictitious Capital: Christian Petzold’s Yella (2007)


Goethe Institute Exams

Elizabeth Schmucker


Simmons Award

Simmons Award in German is given to the student who has done the “best work in German” in the College of Arts & Sciences.  This year’s recipient was Joseph McAllister.

Heidelberg Exchange

German Studies also has a direct exchange program with the University in Heidelberg and this year that scholarship was awarded to two students:

Javier Agredo


Book Prizes

Book Prizes are given to outstanding students nominated by their German instructors.  Books are donated to the Department of German Studies by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of German.

Fall 2018

1210.1 Exploring German Contexts I 

Kristen Galvin


1210.2 Exploring German Contexts I 

Irina Perez


1210.3 Exploring German Contexts I 

Viktoria Catalan

LeTone Wei


1210.4 Exploring German Contexts I 

Yue (Evelyn) Zhuo


1220 Exploring German Contexts II 

Skyeler McQueen

Valerie Tan


1230.1 Expanding The German Dossier 

Ethan Katcher


1230.2 Expanding The German Dossier 

Juan Cancel

Marta Maksymyuk


2000.1 Germany: Intercultural Contexts 

Brianna Johnson


2000.2 Germany: Intercultural Contexts 

John Mastroberti


2020 Literary Contexts and Texts 

Brian Leffew

Abby Dittmar


2040 Perspectives on German Culture 

Nicholas de Boer


3075 Print Matters 

Emine Özen

Tommi Schieder


3225 Best Seller 

Elizabeth (Ellie) Schmucker


4100 The Seminar 

John Yoon


Spring 2019

1210.1 Exploring German Contexts I 

Cesar Plascencia

Anmol Kabra


1210.2 Exploring German Contexts I 

Maggie Gaus

Chloe Cerione


1220.1 Exploring German Contexts II 

Konstantin Kirovski


1220.2 Exploring German Contexts II 

Rudolph Xu

Samuel Shagan


1220.3 Exploring German Contexts II 

Ariana Coerse

Yiduo Ke


1230 Expanding the German Dossier 

Jasmim Drigo


2000.1 Germany: Intercultural Contexts 

Olivia Gillespie


2000.2 Germany: Intercultural Contexts 

Krithik Ranjan

Rachel Eichman


2040 Perspectives on German Culture 

Katie Kuhl

Reid Anrod


2060 German in Business Culture 

Caroline Chang


3080 German Life Style Going Digital 

Sammy DeLorenzo


3550 Kafka in Context: Trials of Modernity 

Joshua Sadinsky

Johanna Keigler


Language Certificate in German Language Study

For having achieved an advanced level of language competence through course work at the 3000 level corresponding to the criteria set by The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (level B2+)


  • Hodol Kim
  • Julia Hermann
  • Ellie Schmucker
  • Reika Sullivan
  • Yujia Zhang
  • Alex Aliaga Auqui
  • Samuel Barnum
  • Hallie Black
  • Zhinsheng Ivy Deng
  • Yue Ding
  • Margaret Jia
  • Maura Roach
  • Justin Shin
  • Michael Stolkarts
  • John Woltornist
  • Caroline Dagmar Chang  


  • Anna Boucheva
  • Jared Gurba
  • Lewis Haber
  • Daniel May
  • Michaela Novakova
  • Neil A. Stilin
  • Emma Kim Tall
  • Maxwell Vega


  • Xinyi (Lena) Li
  • Joshua Sadinsky
  • Juliane Scholtz
  • Lauren Elizabeth Stechschulte
  • Emma Stillings
  • Eric Zimmermann


  • Constanza Andrea Arevalo
  • R. Delphi Cleaveland
  • Leighton Fernando Cook
  • Melanie Kauffeld
  • Edward Francis Klimowicz
  • Anjum Malik
  • Melissa Lucia Sermiento
  • Caitlin Johanna Wischermann