Isaac Anderson Rauch Award for Excellence in a Capstone Project

Established in 2020, the Isaac Anderson Rauch Award for Excellence in a Capstone Project is awarded annually by SIPA's Emerita Dean Lisa Anderson and Marc Rauch in memory of their son, Isaac Rauch, MPA '17, to the student team that has produced the best overall Capstone workshop project. The winning team is selected on the basis of analytical rigor, quality of final deliverables, and the potential impact of the project.  

Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson Award for Human Values in International Affairs

The Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson Award for Human Values in International Affairs is an annual award in memory of Moses Leo Gitelson and is given by Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson to a student or students for a project, usually a workshop or capstone, related to human values in international affairs.

Leous/Parry Award for Progressive Sustainability

After winning the 2005 Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay Contest, SIPA students J.P. Leous and Neal Parry used the prize money to start the Leous/Parry Award for Progressive Sustainability.  The award supports interdisciplinary approaches to protecting the environment and promotes collaboration from across the University to address the world's environmental issues.  Presented at SIPA graduation beginning in 2007, the award will recognize the best student paper or project that identifies a social or political problem, highlights the environmental issues at stake, and presents a thorough cross-disciplinary solution.

Harvey Picker Prize for Public Service

The Picker Prize for Public Service was established at SIPA in 1988 as a demonstration of the School's deep commitment to the goal of promoting public service. The Picker Prize is awarded to the graduating MPA student who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to public service. The award honors Harvey Picker, Dean Emeritus of the School of International and Public Affairs.

Raphael Smith Memorial Prize

The Raphael Smith Memorial Prize is given in memory of Raphael Smith, a member of the class of 1994, who was on the staff of SLANT, the student-produced magazine about international affairs. Raphael took a leave of absence from SIPA in order to retrace his stepfather's adventure of motorcycling from Paris to Tokyo 60 years earlier, writing newspaper articles during his journey. Raphael’s dream ended tragically in a fatal accident in Bulgaria. The prize, established by his family and friends, is awarded annually to the student who is judged to have written the best essay, which is published as an article in SIPA News after being selected for the prize.

CAA Campbell Award

The Campbell Award was established by the University Trustees and the Board of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) for a graduating student at each school who shows exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit as exemplified by Bill Campbell, ’62CC, ’64TC, Chair Emeritus, University Trustees, and CAA cofounder.