The Morris and Shirley Rapoport Award in Jewish Studies

The Morris and Shirley Rapoport Award in Jewish Studies is given by the program to a Rice undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary achievement and dedication in Jewish Studies courses over his or her undergraduate career. The recipient has submitted outstanding work in the field and has shown a commitment to integrate the study of Jews and Judaism into his or her major area of study, in keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the minor in Jewish Studies.


2020: Daniel Cohen
2019: Katherine Webber, Chloe Wilson
2018: Colton Cox
2017: Sonia Hamer
2016: Rachel Landsman
2015: Sparrow Gates, Jeremy Reiskind
2014: Ashley Pelton, Christal Porter
2013: Hannah Bosley
2012: Jennifer Phillips

The Morris and Shirley Rapoport Jewish Studies Essay Prize

The Morris and Shirley Rapoport Jewish Studies essay prize is a competetive annual essay prize open to undergraduate students from any department. Applicants may submit a scholarly essay of up to 2,000 words that addresses some element of Jewish history, culture, or experience in any academic field. Essays will be judged by a committee of Rice faculty, and the prizes will be presented at the Humanities reception during graduation weekend. Winning essays will be shared on the Jewish Studies website.

First prize is $1000 with two honorable mention prizes of $200 each.

To maintain anonymity, students should only include their name on the cover sheet and not within the essay pages. Essays with this cover sheet must be submitted by March 31 to

2018 first prize: Sonia Hamer "Printed on her Body"
2018 honorable mention: Gary Dreyer "Stranger Lands"
2018 honorable mention: Chloe Wilson "Becoming the "Other" in Jewish Feminism"