SCIO is pleased to announce the fall 2018 de Jager and SCIO alumni prize winners.

The de Jager prize for the British culture and undergraduate research seminar is awarded in recognition of outstanding scholarly work submitted by each awardee during the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford in the British culture and undergraduate research seminar courses. Awarded at the close of each term, the de Jager prize is facilitated by Geoffrey and Caroline de Jager, whose generous gift to each prize winner is reflective of their longstanding commitment to academic excellence.

The SCIO alumni prize, awarded for the first time in Michaelmas Term 2018, is funded from contributions from SCIO alumni of programmes over the past 15 years. The prize is awarded to one student each term or programme for overall outstanding academic performance.

The prize winners for Michaelmas Term 2018, along with their sending institutions, are named below.

PrizeNameInstitution
British cultureAbigail AyuloSeattle Pacific University
British cultureCayla Bleoaja George Fox University
British cultureCourtney CoxAsbury University
British cultureNoah PerrinMessiah College
British cultureNathan TudorWestmont College
Undergraduate research seminarErinn Campbell Seattle Pacific University
Undergraduate research seminarReilly FitzpatrickAzusa Pacific University
Undergraduate research seminarDavid KrausCovenant College
Undergraduate research seminarEvangeline PriorAzusa Pacific University
SCIO alumni prizeDavid KrausCovenant College

Two students reflect on their time on the programme:

At Oxford, I was able to establish myself as an independent thinker within my discipline. Because all learning was accomplished through self-propelled research and writing, I was enabled to approach my education with unprecedented depth, as opposed to the broad survey-based approach undertaken by most American universities. The tutorials, though demanding and somewhat intimidating, end up feeling like a conversational dance between the tutor and tutee as they attempt to locate and grasp truth and value. If you are on the fence about applying for the SSO program, I encourage you to take the plunge. It will be the most academically challenging four months of your collegiate career, but you will seldom feel more accomplished than when you send in that final seminar essay.

David Kraus

What a delightful and strenuous adventure it was in the British culture course to explore a field outside of my discipline, one that was particularly suited to the opportunities that Oxford afforded. I remember the excitement of being able to see with my own eyes Constable’s ‘Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows’ at an exhibition in London, a work I had read so much about, my pleasure doubled by having seen the cathedral itself on our field trip. This copiousness of aspect, to behold in person, to behold through reading, and to behold through the eyes of another’s art, brought me closer to the heart of the questions than I could ever have imagined beforehand. The structure of the program enabled and encouraged this.

Noah Perrin