The Phyllis Strimling Award is given annually to an exceptional graduating student from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). It is one of only three individual honors presented by the Ed School.
The award is named in honor of Phyllis Strimling (HGSE Ed.M. 1989), longtime director of the prestigious and much beloved Radcliffe Seminars. In 2000 the Radcliffe Seminars program was concluded when Radcliffe College was converted to the Radcliffe Institute (devoted solely to research). In acknowledgment and appreciation of Phyllis Strimling's transformative leadership of Radcliffe Seminars, three Seminars faculty members -- Rob Scalea, Holly Weeks, and Neal Yanofsky -- conceived and initiated the Phyllis Strimling Award. The award's endowment was funded by the three founders along with dozens of Radcliffe Seminars alumni, staff, and faculty. In 2010 the award was moved from the Harvard Extension School to HGSE, further honoring Phyllis.
The Phyllis Strimling Award aims to continue the mission of Radcliffe College in advancing women and society. The award recognizes the character and achievement of a HGSE graduate with a strong academic performance who:
Works to advance society by advancing women
Demonstrates inclusive leadership and is inspirational to others
Promotes community as a management approach
Demonstrates ability in problem-solving to pull together and appreciate multiple perspectives, and integrates those perspectives in making sound decisions
The awardee is recognized with a certificate memorializing his or her accomplishment and a cash prize. Past recipients of the Phyllis Strimling Award have included:
2010 Hannah Poole, International Education Policy
2011 Dorothy Gannes, Specialized Studies
2012 Sarah Molitor, EPM and
Christina Sheehan, Specialized Studies
2013 Annie Peirce, International Education Policy
2014 Vanessa Beary, Ed.D.
2015 Elizabeth Schibuk, Specialized Studies
2016 Mona Anchan, Mind, Brain, Education
2017 Danubia Silva, Human Development & Psychology
2018 Aimee Furdyna, Human Development & Psychology
2019 Alexandra Bachorik, Specialized Studies and
Izzah Ejaz, Education Policy and Management
2020 Nia Evans, Education Policy and Management and
Allison Jegla, Higher Education
2021 Lisa M. Cenca, School Development and Entrepreneurial
/ HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must be degree recipients in the year they apply. Anticipated graduates of the master's or doctoral programs are invited to apply.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are to be submitted exclusively via the "Apply Here" form on this site.
A complete application for the Strimling Award comprises all of the following:
A personal statement regarding your commitment and contribution to women and society, emphasizing specific examples in relation to the criteria listed in the "About" section above. If some of your qualifications come from work experience please include information related to the organization and specifically describe your role in the organization.
A curriculum vitae or resume.
Up to two letters of recommendation are optional. These are most illuminating when provided by HGSE faculty or immediate professional supervisors; recommendations from academic or professional peers have lesser value. You may include any letters of recommendation with your application submittal, or recommenders may submit their letters directly using the form below.
Please note that members of the Award Committee are not affiliated with HGSE and will not be familiar with all the programs, initiatives, and acronyms at the Ed School.
The preferred format is a single PDF file with the above documents. If you must submit multiple files please use one online form for each item.