Hoopes Prize


From the estate of Thomas T. Hoopes, Class of 1919, Harvard has received a fund from which to grant annual awards to undergraduates on the basis of outstanding scholarly work or research.  Mr. Hoopes was Curator of the City Art Museum in St. Louis for over twenty-five years.  He was an expert on firearms, from the crossbow of the sixteenth century to modern handguns, and wrote widely in the field.

Prize winner ImeIme Umana, Class of 2014
Prize winner ImeIme Umana, Class of 2014

The fund provides undergraduate prizes to be given for the purpose of "promoting, improving, and enhancing the quality of education . . . in literary, artistic, musical, scientific, historical, or other academic subjects made part of the College curriculum under Faculty supervision and instruction, particularly by recognizing, promoting, honoring, and rewarding excellence in the work of undergraduates and their capabilities and skills in any subject, projects of research in science or the humanities, or in specific written work of the students under the instruction or supervision of the Faculty."  "An incidental objective or purpose" of the fund, as stated by Mr. Hoopes, is to "promote excellence in the art of teaching."  Awards are therefore also given to those members of the Faculty or teaching staff who have supervised and nominated the prize-winning works.

Student winners are awarded $5,000.  Faculty nominators of winning projects receive an honorarium of $2,000.  Written winning projects are bound and available in Lamont Library for two years.

Please take a moment to read through the Frequently Asked Questions about the Hoopes Prize.

The 2018–2019 Hoopes Prize competition will open on Thursday, February 28, 2019.