AY22 Student Awards, Achievements, and Honors

Written by
Department of African American Studies
May 27, 2022

The Department of African American Studies at Princeton University celebrates the academic accomplishments of its Undergraduate Concentrators and Certificate Students.

In 2022, the Department of African American Studies recognizes and celebrates its fifth cohort of Undergraduate Concentrators. A special thank you to our faculty and staff who've worked extraordinarily hard to ensure the success of all our students. And to our students' loving families and friends for their undying support.


Concentrators, Undergraduate


Payton Croskey '23

FitzRandolph Gate Award

A symbol of the University's openness to the worldwide community, the FitzRandolph Gate Award represents the presentation that is considered the “fan favorite” by the Princeton community.

Title: The Augmented Undercommons and The Path to The Sun: An Exploration of Liberatory Technology and other Revolutionary Tools


Josiah Gouker ‘22

Fulbright Grant for U.S. Students

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program expands perspectives through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue. Fulbright creates connections in a complex and changing world. In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals from all backgrounds. Program participants pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad.


Brooke Johnson '22

Outstanding Junior Paper in African American Studies Prize

This prize is awarded to the senior who submitted the most outstanding Junior Paper.

Membership in Phi Beta Kappa Society

America’s most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and champions freedom of thought.


Nathan Poland ‘20

Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP)

Named in honor of the legendary civil rights attorney and LDF founder Thurgood Marshall, and iconic civil rights litigator Constance Baker Motley, the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) is a groundbreaking commitment to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellence.


Fedjine Victor '22

Badi Foster Distinguished Senior Prize in AAS 

Awarded annually to the senior concentrator who has distinguished his or herself academically as well as beyond the classroom, reflecting a commitment to the intellectual, political, and artistic traditions in African  American Studies.


Priya Vulchi '22

Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize, 2022

This prize is awarded to the African American Studies senior whose thesis best exhibits excellence in research and writing within the field of African American Studies. Ruth J. Simmons, Prairie View A&M University President, President Emerita of Brown University, and an honorary member of the Department of African American Studies Advisory Council,  generously endowed the prize.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

This program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.


Aishah Balogun ‘23

Streicker International Fellows Program

The Streicker International Fellows Fund was established in early 2015 by John H. Streicker ’64 to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to carry out substantive research or educational projects while immersed in a foreign culture. Streicker Fellows design their own projects or internships in conjunction with a hosting organization, in any academic or professional area, and in any geographic region outside of the United States. These projects or internships provide students with exceptional opportunities for intellectual and personal growth through a combination of work or research and immersion in a foreign culture.


Amber Rahman ‘24

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program is the centerpiece of the Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning.


AAS Honors

Honors are awarded at graduation by the departments of concentration. Departments determine honors on the basis of the grades received by the student in departmental studies (including junior independent work, the senior thesis, and, for students in the A.B. program, the senior departmental examination). The degree may be awarded with honors, high honors, or highest honors. 

Highest Honors

  • Brooke Johnson '22
  • Priya Vulchi '22

High Honors

  • Daisy Torres '22


  • Fedjine Victor '22
  • MiKayla Green '22