Honors and Awards

Rev. Lawrence G. Broestl, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in the Study of German

This award is presented to a graduating senior German major in recognition of outstanding achievement in the study of German by the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures.

Recent winners:

  • Mary Gorski (2021)
  • Nathan Gundlach (2020)
  • Stephen Meisenbacher (2019)

Jeffrey Engelmeier Senior German Award

The Department of German and Russian grants this award annually to an outstanding student of German whose involvement in the life of the department, its students, or community is especially conspicuous. This award honors the memory of Jeffrey Engelmeier, a Notre Dame student who was tragically killed in a boating accident and graduated posthumously in 1992. As a student of German, Jeffrey distinguished himself not only through outstanding grades, and by an extraordinary ability to assimilate the German language, but also by his exemplary attitude. For example, he generously made himself available for tutoring other students. When asked why he did this, he said it was simply because he loved the language and wanted to share his passion with others. 

Recent winners:

  • Avian Robinson (2020)
  • Menghuan Wu (2019)

Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society

German Program Seniors With Their Honors Cords

The National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. To be accepted into the society, a graduating senior must have completed a major or minor in German with a minimum average of B+ in German courses and a minimum cumulative average of B-. New initiates will be announced annually in mid-March and an induction ceremony held in May.