The Lorna Peterson Prize

Dr. Lorna M. Peterson served as the Executive Director of the Five College Consortium from 1990 to 2009. This prize, established by the Five College Board of Directors and her colleagues and friends throughout the Consortium, honors her commitment to collaboration as a means of advancing understanding and expanding opportunity, especially for students.

The Lorna M. Peterson Prize supports scholarly and creative work by undergraduate students taking part in a Five College program. The $500 prize is awarded annually based on nominations from Five College programs to a student who has demonstrated commitment to collaboration in their academic career.


  • Any undergraduate student participating in a Five College program is eligible for nomination. 
  • The $500 prize can be used to support such activities as scholarly work, performance, research or arts projects, conference attendance or travel related to student work.
  • Each Five College program may nominate one student per year.

Nomination Instructions

  • Nominations must be submitted by a faculty member on behalf of a Five College program.
  • Nominations should be submitted by email to April Shandor (Subject Line: Lorna M. Peterson Prize Committee) by Friday, March 25, 2022.
  • The email should include two PDF attachments, one from the faculty member writing on behalf of the nominating program and the other from the student being nominated.
  • The Nominating Letter (1-2 pages) should identify the nominating program and the primary author of the nominating letter (with contact information).  It should describe the student’s work in the program field, how the student has collaborated with students and/or faculty members from multiple campuses, how the prize will support the student’s current and future development, and how the student’s work has contributed or will contribute to the development of others.
  • The Student Statement (1-2 pages) should describe the student's experience in the nominating Five College program and experience collaborating with students and/or faculty members from other campuses (including taking courses on other campuses.) The statement should also address the work the prize will support, why the work is interesting and how it connects to the work of the Five College program, how the work will be shared with others, and the student's plans and goals for the future. 
  • Please also include the student’s email address so that we can notify the winner and nominees.