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Leonore and Louis Piser Prize in Jewish Studies
Information about the 2021 prize will be available on this page in late 2020


The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University is pleased to announce the 2020 Leonore and Louis Piser Prize in Jewish Studies. The $600 prize is awarded annually to an outstanding graduating Jewish Studies B.A. or certificate student who is planning to pursue a career or further academic work related to Jewish Studies.

Requirements: The prize winner must be pursuing a B.A. or certificate in Jewish Studies and plan to graduate in December 2019 or May or August of 2020. The recipient must have an outstanding academic and extracurricular record, have shown commitment to Jewish student initiatives and activities, and must plan to pursue a career in or further academic work related to Jewish Studies. Students must have at least a 3.2 GPA overall and a 3.3 average in Jewish Studies.

Application/Nomination Procedure: The prize will be awarded by a committee who will review the applications of eligible Jewish Studies B.A. or certificate students. Applications are sent to eligible students in January of each year. Deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Announcement of the Prize: The winner of the prize will be notified in early April 2020 and will be recognized at the annual Jewish Studies Student-Faculty dinner on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

The late Leonore and Louis Piser of South Bend initiated this prize to encourage students to pursue further education in Jewish Studies and a career in some significant area of Jewish communal life. Through this prize and other initiatives, the Borns Jewish Studies Program hopes to demonstrate to our graduating seniors the high value we place on their continued education and careers in Jewish Studies.