Andreas Gailus, associate professor of Germanic languages and literatures and associate chair, awarded the departmental awards during the German department’s commencement reception on Friday, April 28, 2017. Visit to view the complete photo album from the event.

Angelika Kurthen and Andreas Gailus

Bronson-Thomas Essay Prize

These prizes were established through the bequest of $1,000 by Thomas Bertrand Bronson, class of 1881, in memory of Calvin Thomas, who served as first chair of the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and was a great pioneer in the field of German Studies generally. The Bronson-Thomas competition was first held in 1929, and has been held annually ever since.

Winners of Advanced German Essay Prize


Angelika Kurthen


Meredith Ostermann

Frank X. Braun Award

The Frank Braun Prize for the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor in the German language program is awarded each year in honor of the late Professor Frank X. Braun, who was a dedicated teacher in the department for many years.

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors:

Domenic DeSocio

Calder Bragdon Fong

Domenic DeSocio and Andreas Gailus
Calder Fong and Andreas Gailus
Catherine Marquardt and Andreas Gailus

Lecturer of the Year Award:

Student Nominated Award for Excellence in Teaching and Promoting German Language and Culture:

Catherine Alice Marquardt