Graduate School

Bates-Clapp Award

The Brown University Graduate Student Council conferrs the Bates-Clapp Award annually to a staff member who has made outstanding contributions to master's students and the Graduate School.

The Bates-Clapp Award is named in honor of Louise Prosser Bates (Mrs. Francis E. Bates) and Lucia Maria Clapp (Mrs. William Noyes), who in 1893-94 were the first women to receive master's degrees from Brown University. The award is given on behalf of all Brown master's students to express their appreciation for the recipient’s dedication and commitment to graduate students at the University. It is presented at the Master's Commencement Ceremony in May.


Nominations for the Bates-Clapp Award should be made through UFunds, found under the Graduate Student and Alumni Awards. 

Nominations Open

February 23 - March 22, 2024


Questions should be sent to


Headshot of Andrew Heald in a white jacket and black shirt in front of a campus buildingAndrew Heald, Director of the Global Brown Center

Read about Andrew's award

Sophie Abramowitz,Sophie Abramowitz, ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of American Studies

Eileen Caffrey Wright, Program Manager, Global Health Initiative

Read about Eileen's award

Carrie Nordlund, Associate Director of the Master of Public Affairs Program at the Watson Institute

Read about Carrie and the Bates-Clapp award

Dr. Laura Sobik, Psychologist and Assistant Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Carin Algava, Assistant Director for Teacher Education, Department of Education

Robyn S. Schroeder '16 PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies, Public Humanities