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Undergraduate Faculty Prizes and Awards

A.   CROSS-CAMPUS UNDERGRADUATE PRIZES

Students in the Faculty of Social Sciences are nominated annually for the following cross-campus prizes.

(i)   Cross Campus Social Sciences First Year Prize

Presented to the student, registered for an undergraduate Social Sciences degree, who obtains the highest degree GPA in the Level one examinations across all campuses.

To receive the Cross Campus Social Sciences First Year Prize a student must have:

  • Been nominated by one of the Faculties of Social Sciences or the Open Campus Academic Programmes and Delivery;
  • Done the majority of credits while registered in the Social Sciences;
  • Completed the 30 credits in a single year, if registered full-time;
  • Completed the 24 credits within two (2) years, if registered part-time;
  • Passed all UWI courses, including foundation courses, on the first attempt;
  • Completed at least 30 credits, all of which must be relevant to the completion of the programme for which the student is registered, If registered full-time;
  • Completed at least 24 credits, all of which must be relevant to the completion of the programme for which the student is registered, If registered part-time;
  • If granted credit exemption for courses done at other institutions, completed at least 24 credits earned while registered at UWI;
  • The highest GPA counting all Level I courses including Foundation Courses (or courses substituted for Level I courses or where a Level II course is permitted as Level I) attempted at UWI including those done in other faculties prior to entering the FSS save that preliminary courses will not be counted and that the credits for courses done at other institutions shall be treated on a pass/fail basis;
  • In the event of a tie, the prize will be shared.

(ii)    Charles M. Kennedy Prize - Cross Campus Final Year Economics Prize 

Presented to the student awarded an undergraduate Social Sciences degree with a major in Economics who achieves the highest degree GPA in the Level II and III examinations across all campuses.

To receive the Charles M. Kennedy Prize, a student must have:

  • Been nominated by one of the Faculties of Social Sciences or the Open Campus Academic Programmes and Delivery;
  • Been awarded an undergraduate Social Sciences degree with a major or special in Economics;
  • The highest degree GPA in all courses taken at Levels II and III examinations;
  • In the event of a tie, achieved the highest cumulative GPA calculated using all three Levels.
  • In the event the tie is not broken, the prize will be shared.

(iii)    Hugh Springer Prize - Cross Campus Final Year Prize

Presented to the student, awarded an undergraduate degree in Humanities and Education or Social Sciences, who achieves the highest degree GPA in the Level II and III examinations across all campuses.

To receive the Hugh Springer Prize, a student must have:

  • Been nominated by one of the Faculties of Social Sciences or of Humanities and Education or the Open Campus Academic Programmes and Delivery;
  • Been awarded an undergraduate degree from one of the Faculties of Humanities and Education or Social Sciences;
  • The highest degree GPA in all courses taken at Levels II and III examinations.
  • In the event of a tie, achieved the highest cumulative GPA calculated using all three Levels.
  • In the event the tie is not broken, the prize will be shared.

B.  FACULTY AND DEPARTMENTAL PRIZES AND AWARDS

The following are awarded annually to Faculty of Social Sciences’ students.  Students are nominated either by their department or the Faculty Office.  Presentations of awards and prizes are made at the Faculty’s Award Ceremony which is held annually on the third Thursday in January each year.  Only awardees will receive an invitation to attend.

Faculty Office

First Year Prize - Awarded to the student, registered for an undergraduate Social Sciences degree, who obtains the highest degree GPA in the Level one examinations at Mona.  (Similar award criteria apply as for Cross Campus Social Sciences First Year Prize - See above)

Department of Economics

  • Alfred A. Francis Prize - Awarded to the student pursuing the BSc. Economics Major with the highest score in the course ECON3049 - Econometrics. The student must have obtained a minimum grade of B+.
  • The Department of Economics Prize - Awarded annually to the two (2) students with the highest aggregate in year 2, in the BSc. in Economics and Statistics options.
  • The Department of Economics Prize for the Best Research Paper in ECON3050: Applied Econometrics - Awarded to three (3) undergraduate students who wrote the best empirical research papers in the course.

Department of Government                                                                                                                                                                                                        

  • Ann Spackman Memorial Prize - Awarded annually to a Mona student registered for any degree programme within the Faculty of Social Sciences, who has performed best in the course GOVT1000: Introduction to Political Institutions and Analysis.
  • Carl Stone Memorial Prize - Awarded to a FSS student with the best overall performance, when averaged, in the courses GOVT2044: Research Methods in Governance I and GOVT2054: Research Methods in Governance II.
  • Nethersole Prize - Awarded annually to the final year student with the best performance in any degree offered by the Department of Government, with the exception of the BSc. International Relations programmes.
  • Sir Laurence Lindo Prize - Awarded to a Mona student with the best performance in the BSc. International Relations, Levels II and III final examinations provided the student obtains Second Class Honours.
  • Archie Singham Memorial Prize - Awarded to the students with the best performance in GOVT2007 and GOVT2006.
  • Paulette L. Wilson Prize - Awarded annually to a Mona student registered for any degree programme within the Faculty of Social Sciences, who has performed best in GOVT1006 examination.
  • Edwin Jones Scholarship for Excellence in Public Policy and Management - Awarded to the student with the best academic performance in the BSc. Public Policy and Management.
  • Rupert Lewis Prize – Awarded to the student with the highest grade in the course GOVT2005: Caribbean Political Thought.
  • Gladstone E. Mills Prize - Awarded to the finalizing student who has achieved the highest overall grades in the BSc. Public Policy and Management.

Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work

  • Council of Voluntary Social Service (CVSS) Social Work Prize - Awarded to the student with the best overall performance in the BSc. Social Work final examinations.
  • Jamaica Association of Social Workers (JASW) Prize - Awarded to the best overall performance in Year 2 of the BSc. Social Work programme.
  • Social Work Alumni/June Dolly Besson Memorial Award - Awarded annually to a Mona student with the best performance in Level I of the BSc. Social Work examinations.
  • Lloyd Braithwaite Memorial Sociology Prize - Awarded to the student with the best performance in Levels II and III of the BSc. Sociology (Major).
  • The Psychology Prize - Awarded to a finalizing Psychology (Major) student with the highest average grade in the psychology courses.
  • Hermione McKenzie Prize in Social Policy - Awarded to the student with the highest grade in the course SOWK2004: Development of Social Policy.

Mona School of Business and Management

  • Ernst & Young Auditing Prize - Awarded to the Accounting (Major) graduate who received the highest mark for the course ACCT3043: Auditing 1.
  • Ernst & Young Taxation Prize - Awarded to the Accounting (Major) graduate who received the highest mark for the course MGMT3051: Taxation 1.
  • Ernst & Young Co-op in Accounting Prize – Awarded to the Students who participated in the Co-op in accounting programme at Ernst & Young and obtained the highest grade point average within the programme.
  • The Mona School of Business and Management Prize - Awarded to the student with the most outstanding performance in the final examinations in any one of the BSc. Management Studies (Majors).
  • The Mona School of Business and Management Prize in Management Studies - Awarded to the final year student with the most outstanding performance in the Management Studies (Major).
  • The Mona School of Business and Management Prize in Accounting - Awarded to the final year student with the most outstanding performance in the Accounting (Major).
  • The Banking and Finance Prize - Awarded to the final year student with the most outstanding performance in the Banking and Finance (Major).
  • The Mona School of Business and Management Prize in Human Resource Management - Awarded to the final year student with the most outstanding performance in the Human Resource Management Major.
  • The Mona School of Business and Management Prize in Marketing - Awarded to the final year student with the most outstanding performance in the Marketing Major.
  • The Mona School of Business and Management Prize in Tourism Management - Awarded to the final year student with the most outstanding performance in the Tourism Management Major.
  • Jamaica Employers’ Federation Prize - Awarded to the final year student with the highest GPA who has specialized in the field of Human Resource Development, Labour and Employment Relations, Human Resource Management or Entrepreneurship. The student should have maintained at least ‘B+’ average and have actively participated in a non-academic university activity which indicates commitment to community building.
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