The Ralph and Rose Solecki Award is given in honor of the eminent Columbia archaeologists, shown here in a 1957 photograph. The Award is given to a student, chosen by the faculty, who has made a significant contribution to the life of the archaeological community at Columbia and/or Barnard in the preceding year. The Solecki award is usually made to a graduating student, but it is open to all students in archaeology regardless of their status. The award comes with a small sum of money intended for books.
College guidelines for Departmental Honors include the following three criteria:
1. Departmental Honors are awarded to no more than 10 percent, or, in small departments, one member of the graduating majors (including all October, February, and May degrees);
2. A grade point average of at least 3.6 in major courses is expected for a student to be considered for Departmental Honors;
3. An honors thesis or equivalent project of high quality should be required by each department or academic program in order to receive Departmental Honors.