Five College Consortium

Celebrating Student Work

This page offers information about opportunities for celebrating student work and achievements throughout the Five College consortium:


Student Awards Prizes & Fellowships

Lorna Peterson Prize

The Lorna M. Peterson Prize supports scholarly and creative work by undergraduate students taking part in Five College programs and cross campus collaborations. The $500 prize is awarded annually based on nominations from Five College programs.

For more information see a description and nomination guidelines at the Lorna Peterson Prize web page.


Five College Student Film & Video Festival

Held annually in the Spring semester, the Five College Student Film and Video Festival welcomes entries from students at all five campuses.

Award Categories: Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Experimental, Best Narrative, Best of Amherst College, Best of Hampshire College, Best of Mt. Holyoke College, Best of Smith College, Best of UMass, Amherst

For further information, see the Five College Student Film & Video Festival page.


Denis Johnston Playwrighting Prize

Awarded by Smith College Department of Theatre for the best play or musical written by an undergraduate at any campus in the Five College consortium. For information on how to apply, please contact the Smith College Department of Theatre.

For information about recent winners, please visit Smith College's Werner Josten Performing Arts Library's Facebook page.


The Tryon Prize for Writing

The Tryon Prize is a monetary prize awarded by a jury for outstanding writing that examines art or ideas associated with the Smith College Museum of Art. Any Smith College student or Five College student in a Smith class may compete for the prize.

The Tryon Prize is named for Dwight W. Tryon, painter, benefactor of the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA), and professor of art at Smith College from 1886 to 1923 and is endowed by members of SCMA’s Visiting Committee.

Find submission details at:
http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/Education/Just-for-Students/Tryon-Prize-for-Writing


Virginia Wagner Dance Scholarship

This need-based scholarship is awarded in the spring to a student (or students) in the Five College Dance programs for substantial and valuable contributions to the programs and productions. Candidates must be full-time matriculated students with 2.5 GPAs (or equivalent good academic standing at Hampshire College) who are continuing their studies for the following year. Awards are based on faculty nominations to the Chair of the Five College Dance Department, who makes the selection of the scholarship recipients. For more information, contact Neal Abraham.


Carol Angus Prize

Awarded annually, the Carol Angus Prize is given to a student of the Five College Advanced Studio Seminar who shows great promise in the field of visual arts. It is named for long-time Five College staff member Carol Angus because of her interest in the arts and her key role in creating the course. It includes a prize of $100. For more information about the Five College Advanced Studio Seminar please contact Kevin Kennedy.


Mary Dailey Irvine Prize, Five College Astronomy Department

This prize is established through a gift from the Irvine Family to the Five College Astronomy Department in memory of Mary Dailey Irvine (Smith College, 1922). This prize exists to encourage and honor excellent undergraduate research in astronomy and astrophysics. The prize is awarded to a graduating senior from one of the Five College institutions for an outstanding senior thesis or research paper presented to the department on an astronomical or astrophysical topic.

Please visit the Astronomy Department's website for more information on undergraduate awards and scholarships or contact Suzan Edwards at Smith College.


Five College Digital Humanities Student Fellowships

The Five College Consortium is pleased to announce a new fellowship for undergraduate projects in the digital humanities. Junior and senior undergraduate students at any of the five colleges are invited to submit proposals for creative and/or scholarly projects that draw together the humanities and substantial work with digital resources and/or technologies.

For more information, please visit the Digital Humanities Student Fellowships page.


Five College Lecture Fund

The Five College Lecture Fund constitutes a supplemental source of support for inter-institutional groups bringing programming to the Valley (lectures, symposia, performances, cultural fairs, small exhibitions, etc.). Normally, grants are made for special “one-time” events rather than events repeated annually or as part of an ongoing series. Projects supported through the Lecture Fund must include components that are free and open to the public. Projects including engagement with elementary and secondary schools are particularly welcome and may qualify for supplemental funding, when appropriate.

For more information, please visit the Five College Lecture Fund page, or contact Janna White, Academic Programs Coordinator, at (413) 542-4024 or jawhite@fivecolleges.edu.

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Academic Conferences & Symposia Featuring Undergraduate Students


Five College Undergraduate Anthropology Symposium

Hosted by the Five College Anthropology Program, this annual undergraduate symposium features work and presentations by students from all five campuses. Please contact a campus anthropology department for more information.


Asian/Pacific/American Studies Certificate Student Presentations

Hosted by the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies program.


Five College East Asian Languages Program

The following events are hosted each Spring semester by the Five College East Asian Languages Program. Please contact the program for more information.

Chinese Speech Contest
Japanese Speech Contest


Five College Ethnomusicology Symposium

Hosted by the Five College Ethnomusicology Certificate program.


Five College Film Studies Undergraduate Conference

Hosted by the Five College Film Council.

Please visit the Five College Film Studies Undergraduate Conference Facebook page for future updates and announcements.

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Undergraduate Student Exhibitions, Artwork & Performances

Five College Dance Department Concerts

Please see the Five College Dance Department's Calendar of Events for audition, workshop, and performance dates. Annual performances featuring student work normally include a Fall semester Faculty Dance Concert, a Spring semester senior thesis concert, as well as a Guest Artist Concert.


Five College Student Film & Video Festival

Annual festival hosted by the Five College Film Council.

Award Categories: Best of Amherst College, Best of Hampshire College, Best of Mt. Holyoke College, Best of Smith College, Best of UMass, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Experimental, Best Narrative

For submission deadlines and further information, see the Five College Student Film & Video Festival page.


WORD! Five College Festival of Staged Readings

Hosted by the Five College Multicultural Theater program.       

WORD! A Five College Festival of staged readings (of recently written short plays or excerpts from them) builds on a highly successful model originated by the University’s New World Theater. The primary goals of the festival are to identify and nurture student writers who are engaging in multicultural themes and/or aesthetics; to increase contact between the departments of theater and the communities of color on the respective campuses; and to further Five College exchange through the mechanism of a rotating festival."   

For more information, please visit the Five College Multicultural Theater's WORD! Festival websie.


Five College PoetryFest

This public event features the work of two students from each of the five campuses. It is hosted by a different campus each year and usually takes place in March. The event is advertised on the Five College Events Calendar.


Five College Choral Festival

Normally held every two years, the Five College Choral Festival features groups and ensembles from all of the campuses in the Five College consortium.

For more information contact a campus choral group.


Five College Jazz Festival

For information contact a campus jazz ensemble.


Five College Opera

The Five College Opera normally occurs every three years and features performances of students from numerous campuses in the consortium.

For more information see www.fivecolleges.edu/music/opera.

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