Neil Lubow Prize 

Through the generosity of the Riger Potash Family Fund and with the sponsorship of the Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life, this prize is given in memory of Neil Lubow '66, who was a distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of New Hampshire. It is awarded for an outstanding essay in ethics, including moral philosophy and ethical issues in public policy, science, business and personal life. An award of $400 is made for the best essay submitted from a First-Year Writing Seminar, English 2880/90 (Expository Writing), Writing in the Majors, or classes participating in the University Courses Initiative. Publication of winning essays in Discoveries is also possible. Students must be nominated by their instructor to apply (link to application will be included with nomination).

Previous prize winners:

Fall 2023

Yiyi Wu

Class of 2027

Course: "Of Governance and Brush: Writing Differences in the Early Modern Asian Empires" (ASIAN 1111)

Essay Title: "The Impact of the CCP's Cultural Policies on China's Ethnic Minority Music"

Spring 2023

Eleanor Zweber

Class of 2023

Course: Writing Back to the News (ENGL 2890)

Essay Title: "Legislating Morality: The Conservative Christian Effort to Ban Drag"

Fall 2022

Jasmine Gill

Class of 2026

Course: Witches and Werewolves: Monsters, Psychology, and the Other (PSYCH 1120)

Essay Title: "Celebrating Sin: The Myth of Medusa and its Rose-Tinted Lens"


Ty Oshima

Class of 2026

Course: FWS: Photographs and Texts (ARTH 1174)

Essay Title: "Twilight Swim: The Shinnecock Indian and the Blonde Hamptonite"

Spring 2022

Ria Panchal

Class of 2025

Course: FWS: Topics in Architecture (ARCH 1901)

Essay Title: "Architecture or Revolution? Intersections of Design and Politics"

Fall 2021

Laine Havens

Class of 2025

Course: Word and Image (ENGL 1183)

Essay Title: "The Deceptive Agriculture Villain: Organic Produce Farming"

Spring 2021

Rina Hisajima

Class of 2024

Course: Justifying Political Power (PHIL 1112)

Essay Title: "Civil DisoBEATdience: An Argument for Violence as a Fidelity to Law"

Fall 2020

Sophie Partington

Class of 2021

Course: Urban Inequality (SOC 3380)

Essay Title: "The Harlem Children's Zone: A Holistic Approach to Addressing Educational Inequality"  

Fall 2019 

Dalia Mota

Class of 2021

Course: Urban Inequality (SOC 3380)

Essay Title: "Harlem is Not For Sale"

Spring 2019 

Adrian Lee

Essay Title: " A Market for Newborns: In Defense of the Child"