The Kathryn Fraser Mackay Endowed Prize in Philosophy was established in 2002-2003 through the generosity of Donald Mackay in tribute to Kathy's engaging and generous spirit.
The award goes to an outstanding senior philosophy major each year.
Each spring the Philosophy Department selects a qualified recipient by considering the following criteria:
- High GPA in the major.
- Whether the student is a candidate for Honors (i.e., meets the criteria for honors and is working on an honors thesis).
- Whether the student demonstrates seriousness of purpose and academic potential for further studies in philosophy.
- Positive influence in the life of the philosophy department (as demonstrated by, e.g., leadership in Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Club, or by service to the department such as being the student representative for a search committee for a new philosophy faculty member).
- 2023 - Mirabel M. Pond and Ngoc B. Tan
- 2022 - Jie Ren He and Frank H. Wotton
- 2021 - Edward Hallahan
- 2020 - Mark Featherston
- 2019 - Meredith Gilman
- 2018 - Poonam Sidhu and Kelly Wendt
- 2017 - Ryan Ficano and Emily Smith
- 2016 - Qinyue (Sherry) Pan and Yichi (Raven) Zhang
- 2015 - Emily Crawford and Nicholas DeSantis
- 2014 - Garrett Watson
- 2013 - Katie Green
- 2012 - Sarah Baver
- 2011 - Joe Chiarenzelli and Ben St. Pierre
- 2010 - Joanna Fassett
- 2009 - Kyle Benton
- 2008 - Catherine Pillsbury
- 2007 - Sahiry Rodriguez
- 2006 - Emilie Grossman
- 2005 - Halle Riddlebarger
- 2004 - John Milanese
- 2003 - Wamae Muriuki