Awards

ten Hoor HallThe department presents three awards each spring:

The deadline for submissions for the 2017-18 academic year is Friday January 19, 2018. 

All awards may be submitted to Amber Walker, Administrative Secretary, via email (alwalker10@ua.edu) or in person (336 tenHoor).

The Marten and Marie ten Hoor Prize

The Marten and Marie ten Hoor Prize is named for a distinguished former Professor in the Department and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and for his wife. It is awarded each Honors Day to the winner of an essay contest. Submitted essays may be on any topic in philosophy and may be of any length. They must be double-spaced and submitted to the departmental secretary no later than noon Friday, January 20. Only one paper may be submitted by each entrant, and anyone submitting a paper who is eligible will automatically be considered for the Iredell Jenkins Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

The ten Hoor Prize includes a cash award, and the winner’s name is inscribed on a permanent plaque displayed outside the departmental office.

The Iredell Jenkins Endowed Memorial Scholarship

The Iredell Jenkins Endowed Memorial Scholarship is named after the much loved Iredell Jenkins, who chaired our department and graced the University for more than thirty years. It is awarded each Honors Day to the Department’s single most outstanding student of philosophy. Those who wish to be considered for the award are urged to apply by submitting one or more (maximum of three) philosophical essays, of any length and on any topic, double-spaced. Students submitting an essay must provide it to the departmental secretary in 336 ten Hoor Hall no later than noon Friday, January 19.

The Jenkins Scholarship includes a substantial cash award, and the winner’s name is inscribed on a permanent plaque displayed outside the departmental office.

The Norvin Richards Award

The Norvin Richards Award is given in honor of Professor Richards’s long and distinguished career as a member of the department’s faculty. It is awarded each spring to the best student majoring in philosophy and intending a career in the law. It is made on the basis of performance in one or more of the courses making up the department’s Jurisprudence Specialization. Currently, those include the following:

  • PHL 221/292: Intro to Ethics
  • PHL 230: Political Philosophy
  • PHL 234: Social Philosophy
  • PHL 240: Philosophy and the Law
  • PHL 241: Philosophical Issues in Criminal Law
  • PHL 242: Philosophical Issues in Civil Law
  • PHL 243: Philosophical Issues in Constitutional Law
  • PHL 256: Philosophy of Sport
  • PHL 305: Symbolic Logic
  • PHL 333: Global Justice
  • PHL 341: Law and Morality
  • PHL 343: Philosophical Issue in International Law
  • PHL 349: Legal Reasoning
  • PHL 440: Seminar on Law
  • PHL 448: Philosophy of Law

The Richards Award includes a substantial cash award, and the winner’s name is inscribed on a permanent plaque displayed outside the departmental office.