Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards

Each spring the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies honors its outstanding students with departmental awards. We invite others to join us in celebrating their achievements.


Awarded for distinction in the study of philosophy.

  • 2023: Zoe Stapleton-Deno
  • 2022: Ethan Shopmeyer

Awarded to a student who has demonstrated high academic achievement in the study of philosophy.

  • 2023: William (Liam) Bonfield, Jr.
  • 2022: Joseph Price II

Honors Professor Emerita Katharina Dulckeit, who joined the faculty in 1985. Her activism and leadership toward inclusivity and equity during her 33 years at Butler included the establishment of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program  (awarded through Spring 2022).

  • 2022: Zoe Stapleton-Deno

Honors Professor Emeritus Harry van der Linden, who joined the faculty in 1990. His important work during his 27 years at Butler focused on issues of social and political philosophy including poverty, immigration, violence, and war (awarded through Spring 2023).

  • 2023: Violet Ross
  • 2022: Mary Katherine Daley

Awarded for distinction in the study of religion.

  • 2023: Delaney Beh
  • 2022: Delaney Beh

Honors Professor Emeritus Paul Valliere, who joined the faculty in 1982. Along with his significant work on modern Russian religious thought, he was integral to the development of the religion and humanities curriculum during his 36 years at Butler (awarded through Spring 2023).

  • 2023: Ethan Shopmeyer
  • 2022: Allison Welz

Given to students who have completed at least two years in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the Lacy School of Business and who have demonstrated leadership, service, and academic achievement in the named area.

  • 2023: Adam Barney – Philosophy
  • 2023: John (Jack) Puricelli – Religion
  • 2022: Logan Hess – Philosophy
  • 2022: Delaney Beh – Religion