Taylor Prize

 

The Corrine Taylor Prize

This prize is named for a longtime Wellesley faculty member who has overseen the flourishing of Wellesley’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa over the last generation. The prize bears her name, and it honors her character. It is the Corrine Taylor Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Curiosity, Generosity, and Joy. Established in 2019, the prize will be awarded annually to a new member elected to Wellesley’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

 

About the Award

Corri Taylor was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate at William and Mary, the college where the society was founded. Her election recognized the curiosity and excellence displayed in her academic record, which reflected interests ranging from art history to economics. Corri went on to earn a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. As a professor at Wellesley, she established a standard-setting Quantitative Reasoning program, and then traveled the globe to teach others how to establish them too. She also served for many years as the college's Marshal in charge of organizing convocation and commencement, a job that revealed her ability to plan meticulously and then to improvise when the unexpected occurred. In her leadership of Wellesley's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Corri emphasized both academic excellence and intellectual breadth in the candidates selected for membership.

In these and many other ways, Corri tirelessly devoted her time, her energy, and her love to the Wellesley community. Everyone who knows her is overwhelmed as much by her intellectual acuity and her sense of what is right as by the warmth and deep loyalty of her friendship. But more than anything Corri is someone who loves life and, rather than waiting for joy to happen to her, she goes out to find it and to embrace it.

Past Recipients

Francelis Morillo Suarez
class of 2021

We are proud to award this year’s prize to Francelis Morillo Suarez ’21. Francelis has remarkable intellectual breadth, with a major in Environmental Studies as well as Italian Studies. One of her professors says that “as a more experienced member of the Paulson Initiative research group, Francelis shared her uncommon wisdom, energy and enthusiasm with the younger students and helped bring everyone in the group to a higher level of achievement through collaboration.” Another professor highlighted her “strong critical intelligence in textual reading, the liveliness and strength of her arguments during class discussion, as well as her kindness and friendliness.” Yet another advisor emphasized that “she had a strong intellectual curiosity and wanted to be exposed to as much of the world as possible—one of her study abroad programs traveled to three different countries throughout the course of the semester.” After Francelis’s return from abroad, she even served as a study abroad ambassador for other students. For promoting curiosity, generosity, and joy at Wellesley, our chapter is pleased to award Francelis this year’s Corri Taylor prize.

Francelis Morillo Suarez

Francelis Morillo Suarez ’21


Robin Siddall
class of 2020

We are proud to award this year’s prize to Robin Siddall ’20. Robin epitomizes the ideals of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In her time at Wellesley, Robin has studied a wide diversity of subjects, many at an advanced level, ranging from Art to Math to History to Astronomy. In all of her studies, Robin engages fully, asking questions and digging deeper. Robin’s professors admire her for her insight and her creativity. She is a brilliant scholar and a talented artist. But most of all, Robin is deeply curious, always interested in learning more and improving her skills. Robin simply loves learning for the sake of learning.

Indeed, Robin is, herself, truly a teacher at heart. It is a thread that runs through everything she does.  Whether she is helping other students learn techniques in the Book Arts Lab, or assisting with the operations of the telescopes at the Observatory, Robin is always sharing her love of learning with others. She has worked as a grader in the math department, and she has student-taught at a local elementary school. This past fall, in what seems to be a perfect culmination of all of her talents, Robin was chosen to be the teaching assistant for a new first-year seminar on the “Art of Science,” a course that explores how we understand our world through a combination of scientific inquiry and artistic representation.

For a dedication to a lifetime of learning, and for the generosity to share it freely, our chapter is pleased to award Robin with this year’s Corri Taylor prize.


Isabelle Raposo
class of 2019

The inaugural Corrine Taylor Prize for Curiosity, Generosity, and Joy was awarded to Isabelle Kennedy Raposo ’19 who double-majored in Classics and English. She earned honors in Classics with a senior thesis about ancient Greek fiction. She has contributed to the College community in diverse ways, from working as a PLTC tutor in Ancient Greek, to being the General Manager of Regeneration, the campus organic farm and sustainable agriculture advocacy group, to serving as Freeman Hall fire chief. Her professors say that in addition to bringing deep insight into class discussion and writing brilliant analyses of literature and art, she challenges them to make their classrooms more inclusive and their pedagogy more accessible to all. As she leaves Wellesley to pursue graduate study in library and information science, she leaves behind a community that is more equitable and more verdant—in short, more Arcadian—because of her.

Isabelle Raposo

Corri Taylor and Isabelle Raposo at the 2019 Initiation Ceremony.