The University of Chicago’s Department of Comparative Human Development (CHD) is pleased to announce the inaugural Bertram J. Cohler B.A. Thesis Prize for the best thesis investigating topics related to individuals in context in CHD. Starting in 2020, one prize will be awarded to an honors paper exemplifying the highest quality of scholarship expected of our students, and will include an award of $250.

This prize is named in honor of Professor Bert Cohler, who was the William Rainey Harper Professor in Comparative Human Development and The College (1972-2012). Professor Cohler’s primary appointment was in CHD, with joint appointments in Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and the College. He was dedicated to the Self, Culture and Society Core sequence, which he co-chaired for many years, and he served as a Resident Head in the housing system. Notably, Bert loved teaching in The College so much, he often taught more the required course load. It is no surprise that he twice won the University’s top prize for College teaching, the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, first in 1975 and again in 1999. In 2006 he won the Norman Maclean Faculty Award from the UChicago Alumni Association for outstanding contributions to teaching and student life on campus.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Friday, May 8, by 5:00 pm

Application Process

Applicants should submit a pdf of their B.A. thesis to the Undergraduate Preceptor (humdev-preceptors@lists.uchicago.edu), and should include their name, advisor's name, phone number, and e-mail address on the title page. This application requires one letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor, also due by the deadline.

The winner will receive a check for $250. All B.A. thesis writers are expected to attend the Department’s Trial Research Conference on May 15, 2020, to present their research, including the Prize winner.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 

Student Affairs Administrator

773.702.3971