Monson Prize

2019 Monson Prize Winners

Pictured left-to-right: Prof. Akiko Kamimura, Andy Weyrich (VP for Research), Rebecca Higham (2019 Monson Awardee), Prof. David Derezotes, Jasmine Robinson (2019 Monson Awardee), Dan Reed (Senior VP of Academic Affairs), Karl Schatten.

The Charles H. Monson Essay Prize honors Charles H. Monson Jr., a distinguished member of the University Philosophy Department from 1958 to 1974. Professor Monson earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Utah and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. During his years at the University, he served as chair of the Philosophy Department and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He received the University‚Äôs Distinguished Teaching Award in 1970. In his honor, an annual prize is awarded to an undergraduate who writes an outstanding paper on a subject having to do with social change (the application includes submission of an original piece of work that is 5-20 pages in length).

The call for self-nominations for the Monson Prize is announced via our student and faculty/staff listservs.

Recent Monson Prize Awardees


Jasmine Robinson (Prof. David Derezotes)
The Black Perspective: Historical and Structural Violence to the Black Community

Rebecca Higham (Prof. Akiko Kamimura)
Stress Management Classes for Uninsured Free Clinic Patients in the United States


Kai Sin (Prof. Akiko Kamimura)
Cardiovascular disease and diabetes among refugees in the USA


Kyle Criddle (Prof. Leslie Francis)
Feasibility of the Lake Powell Pipeline Development Act and Proposed Water Conservation Alternatives


Colette Ankenman (Prof. Marissa Diener)
Understanding youth educational and occupational goals in after school programs


David X. Elwell
Osmotic power generation using natural salinity gradient in Great Salt Lake


Madeleine Oritt
Accessibility to HIV/AIDS medications in resource-limited countries


Laurel L. Baeder
WWW.ENGL.ISH: The effect of internationalized domain names on web content and design


Esther Kim
Recreational re-creating: A cultural critique of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides


Leonel Nieto (Prof. Julie Stewart)


Susan Akok (Prof. Kim Korinek)
Are there barriers to basic prenatal care in refugee communities? A case study of Sudanese women in Salt Lake City