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 27, 2018. Visit Facebook to view the complete photo album from the event.

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


Michael Makari


Nicole Xu

Andrew Westphal and Andreas Gailus

Martin Haller Prize

Best German Honors Thesis

Andrew Westphal

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:

Emily Gauld

Andrea Rottmann

Andrea Rottmann and Andreas Gailus
Julie Gruber and Andreas Gailus

Lecturer of the Year Award

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

Julie Gruber