A sidney prize is an innovative way of rewarding those doing good work for humanity, from writing contests and activism awards, all the way through science prizes and science prizes. These awards aim to encourage people to pursue their dreams and make an impactful change in our world; however, winning one may prove challenging due to various categories it could come under and its rules and regulations being different depending on where it will be awarded.
Students have many sidney prizes available to them, such as the SS Sydney award which recognizes writers whose essays reflect contemporary American scholarship and commentary. Past winners have included Ta-Nehisi Coates for his essay on America’s history of black plunder and white democracy; Amanda Hess was honored for her piece on online sexism. As well as the SS Sydney Prize, various other awards recognize students’ achievements and talents. One such prize is the Neilma Sydney Prize sponsored by Overland magazine and the Neilma Sidney Foundation that allows young writers to showcase their abilities every month; its winner receives cash and publication in Overland magazine.
The 2023 Sidney M. Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology recognizes Stephan Miescher’s book “A Dam for Africa: Akosombo Stories from Ghana” (Indiana University Press 2022). This prize commemorates and pays homage to one of history’s foremost pioneers of industrial and technological change – Sidney M. Edelstein himself!
An award named after the Dartmouth professor who nurtured students’ literary talents and encouraged them to follow their passions has helped launch careers as academics, lawyers, and activists. The Iwanter Prize – valued at $2,000 – is presented annually to senior who have shown exceptional humanities-based scholarship that represents commitment to core liberal arts disciplines during their undergraduate degrees.
Sophia Jactel, an art history major at Boston College, won this year’s Sidney Prize with her paper entitled Domesticities and Diversions: Josef Israels’ The Smoker as a Symbol of Peasant Culture in Nineteenth-Century Holland. Her research into Israels’ print has helped shape an exhibition at the museum that will soon open.
In 1992, this prize was established in memory of Sidney Fernbach – an innovator and leader in high-performance computing systems and architectures – in his honor. The prize includes a $2,000 stipend as well as a certificate. Previous winners have used their expertise in parallel algorithms and massively-parallel programming to address real-world problems such as astronomical simulations and climate modeling. These leaders have also made substantial contributions to HPC, with innovative approaches for solving large computational problems having far-reaching effects in science and industry. They have assisted scientists and engineers in solving some of the toughest scientific and engineering challenges by making better use of existing resources, while enabling researchers to carry out innovative experiments with some of the world’s most sophisticated computers – making this award one of the world’s most coveted honors.