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European Union Center


Roy Gardner Award

Award for best West European Studies MA thesis

In memory of Provost Professor Roy Gardner, a cherished colleague and teacher, West European Studies is establishing an annual Roy Gardner Best Master’s Thesis Award. Professor Gardner sat on more WEST thesis committees than any other faculty member in WEST history, and was an integral and active member of the West European Studies faculty and community.

A well known academic, Professor Gardner specialized in game theory and worked in fields as diverse as European integration, post Soviet economies, environmental economics, and many others. He was on the editorial board of a number of academic journals, and was academic director of the MA program in economics at the Ukranian National University. Despite being an in-demand academic with a busy international schedule, Dr. Gardner was always available to students and was willing and eager to assist whenever he could. To view our memorial page with memories of Prof. Gardner from faculty, staff, collegues, and friends, click here. And if you have any memories you would like to add please e-mail

The 2011-12 recipient of the Gardner Award was Bob LarsVienna - Schoenbrunnen, who defended a thesis titled "Drawing Near to God: The Bible and Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit" in late fall 2011. His thesis was directed by Professors Fritz Breithaupt, William Rasch, and Sandra Shapshay. Faculty are asked to nominate students they have worked with for consideration. The prize is currently set at $200.

Past recipients
2010-11 (inaugural): Jason Gonzalez

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