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.
Isabelle Raposo, Class of 2019
The inaugural Corrine Taylor Prize for Curiosity, Generosity, and Joy was awarded to Isabelle Kennedy Raposo, a member of the Class of 2019 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.
Corri Taylor and Isabelle Raposo at the 2019 Initiation Ceremony