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Department of Economics Prizes and Honors

The Virginia Swinburne Brownell Prize

On May 28, 1913, William C. Brownell established prizes in memory of his wife, a member of the class of 1873. These prizes are awarded to students for excellent work in biology, political economy, and history.

The Agnes Reynolds Jackson Prize

Established December 1986 by Robert F. Jackson in memory of his wife, Agnes Reynolds. In past years this award has gone to the senior whose paper is judged to be the best senior seminar paper.

The Ruth Gillette Hutchinson Prize

Established April 14, 1938 by Arthur R. Hutchinson in memory of his wife, a member of the Department of Economics and Sociology at Vassar for 12 years. This prize is awarded for excellence in a paper on American economic history.

The Catherine Lucretia Blakeley Prize

Established February 4, 1929, by Chester D. Pugsley in memory of his grandmother, the Blakeley Prize is awarded to an undergraduate for a study in international economic relations.

Past Economics Prize Recipients


Honor Societies

Phi Beta Kappa

Vassar College was granted a charter by the national honor society of Phi Beta Kappa in 1898. Members from the senior class are elected by the Vassar chapter each spring. The basis for selection is a high level of academic achievement; breadth of study, requiring substantial work in several areas of the liberal arts curriculum; and general evidence of intellectual adventurousness.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

The Vassar Economics Department has an active chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) the international economics student honor society. Eligibility for membership does not require one to be a major, but one must have completed at least five courses in economics and maintained a B+ average in economics courses.

If elected to membership, it is lifetime in duration. ODE members are eligible for prizes for excellent papers at both the undergraduate and graduate level. These are published in the society's journal, The American Economist. PhD candidates who are ODE members compete to present papers at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, where ODE has a designated session.

Activities of the Vassar chapter in recent years have included joint meetings with other regional chapters (SUNY New Paltz, West Point, Bard College) evenings with former Vassar economics majors who now work in the profession, a faculty debate, and joint activities with the Majors Committee.

Members of ODE are acknowledged at Commencement exercises by wearing honor cords with their caps and gowns.

The current faculty advisor to the chapter is Professor Paul Ruud.