History of Science and Technology Program Essay Prizes

History of Science and Technology Program Essay Prizes

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Essay Prize in Science Fiction Film

The student with the top essay in Science Fiction in Film receives the King’s College History of Science and Technology Program Essay Prize in Science Fiction Film.

Essay prize winners


Sabina Willmott
Arrival (2016)


Elzbieta Wawer: Mechanical Engineering
“Portrayal of technology as Pandora’s Box in the film Gattaca


Alex Long: History
“Alien superpowers: a critical evaluation of the technological levels implied for the extraterrestrial civilizations in the films Contact (1997) and Interstellar (2014)”


Alex Stover: Political Science and History
“All too human: understanding human transcendence in 2001: A Space Odyssey

The Sir John William Dawson Essay Prize in Science and Religion

An award of $500 is awarded to the student with the best essay written in Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives and Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives each year. The runner-up receives a $50 gift certificate from the King’s Co-op Bookstore.

Essay prize winners and runners-up


  1. Thalia Katsademas (Fall Term): Microbiology and Immunology, BSc 2019
    “Incubation in religion healing: from Asclepius to the physician saints”
  2. Faye Hiscock (Winter Term): HOST and Classics with a Minor in EMSP
    “Fractals and the Mandelbrote set: the natural and biblical mystery”


  1. Heather Gerrie (Winter Term): Neuroscience and Religious Studies
    “Neuroscience and neuroreligion: the relationship between the brain and religion”
  2. Thalia Katsademas (Winter Term): Microbiology and Immunology, BSc 2019
    “Playing God? An exploration of Christian responses to gene editing as CRISPR reignites the debate”


  1. Jacob Green (Winter Term): CSP and Philosophy
    “The AI Apocalypse and the question of Dasein: the demarcation of meaning in a mechanical future”.
  2. Samuel Landry (Fall Term): Classics
    “Societal and epistemic holism in the Roman Catholic and Protestant Christendoms of the Scientific Revolution”.


  1. Tora Oliphant (Fall Term): Sociology and Social Anthropology and Microbiology and Immunology
    “Looking beyond the radical: Paracelsus’s application of microcosm-macrocosm interactions”.
  2. Olivia Tucker (Fall Term): Classics with a Minor in History, BA 2017
    “The concept of the miraculous in post-Reformation rhetoric”.

Note: this year there was a tie for the top prize
Note: HSTC 3201 was not offered in 2015-2016


  1. Caitlin Anderson (Fall Term): Classics with a minor in HOST, BA 2015
    The unity of Isaac Newton’s religion and his natural philosophy
  2. Henry Howe (Fall Term): History and German, BA 2015
    The Galileo Affair

Note: HSTC 3201 was not offered in 2014-2015


  1. Daniel Whitten (Fall Term): EMSP and Political Science
    “Matters of Faith and Morals Ex Suppositione: Examining the 1616 Inquisition Proceedings Against Galileo”.
  2. Hannah Yaphe (Winter Term): Biology, BSc 2016
    “Am I Jewish or Genetic?: An Exploration of the Interface between Population Genetics and Jewish Identity”.


  1. Megann Licskai (Winter Term): CSP and History with a minor in HOST, BA 2015
    “Monism and secular spirituality: Ernst Haeckel and the Romantic scientific religion”
  2. Alexander Scanlon (Winter Term): History, BA 2013
    “The Catholic Church and German eugenics: the relationship between the Catholic Church in Germany and eugenics during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich”

Note: this year there was a tie for the top prize


  1. Alexander Desire-Tesar (Winter Term): CSP and History, BA 2012
    “Natural necessity and moral responsibility: vindicating natural evil”
  2. Gavin Keachie (Fall Term): Religious Studies and French, BA 2012
    “The fate of the body and the soul in The Divine Comedy”


  1. Gavin Charles (Fall Term): Political Science and History, BA 2011
    “Infallible bureaucracy: evidence in the Galileo Affair”
  2. Shannon Higgins (Fall Term): EMSP and Classics, BA 2012
    “The musical harmony of a divine astronomy: how Johannes Kepler united his religion and his science through a mathematical analysis of celestial music in The Harmony of the World”


  1. Mark Rendell (Winter Term): CSP and Philosophy, BA 2012
    “Reductionism and the religious structure of the mind”
  2. Daniel Boos (Winter Term): CSP and English, BA 2012
    “On science, metaphysics and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence”


  1. Matthew Morris (Winter Term): Marine Biology, BSc 2009
    “Deconstructing Dover – a critique of Judge Jones’ final opinion”
  2. Matthew Morris (Fall Term): Marine Biology, BSc 2009
    “The complexity of a simple God: Aquinas’ response to Richard Dawkins”


  1. Evan Brown (Fall Term): EMSP and English, BA 2009
    “Francis Bacon, and the religion behind his ‘Great Instauration’”
  2. Michael Johnstone (Winter Term): English 2008
    “Unleashing Darwin’s Rottweiler, Richard Dawkins and scientific/religious incompatibility”


  1. Lisa Crystal (Winter Term): CSP and Physics, BA, 2007
    “The collapse of probability: modern science and design”
  2. Amy Teitel (Fall Term): HOST and Classics, BA 2008
    “Newton’s Classical Scholia: the theology behind the physics”


  1. Heather Keachie (Fall Term): EMSP and French, BA, 2006
    “The evolution of evil, or, theodicy through the ages: the implications of the Intelligent Design Theory on the question of suffering in nature”
  2. Hillary Connolly (Winter Term): CSP and History, BA 2006
    “Facing the future: a critical look at the Gaia theory”


  1. Deirdre Moore (Fall Term): HOST and Classics, BA, 2006
    “Do the Stoics come to any understanding of Paul’s speech at the Areopagus?”
  2. Jennifer Robblee (Fall Term): Neuroscience, BSc, 2006
    “Evolution from beginning to end: is the evidence conclusive?”


  1. Josh Bleser (Winter Term): Philosophy and CSP, BA, 2005
    “The starry heavens above: science and religion among the Dogon”
  2. Erik Vakil (Fall Term): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BSc, 2005
    “Epistles on Scripture and Copernicanism: Galileo, Foscarini and the hermeneutical crisis”


  1. Ron Haflidson (Fall Term): Classics and EMSP, BA, 2004
    “Of gardens and fences: Henry More’s relation to Descartes in his Platonic Christian apologetics”
  2. Ernest Morrow (Winter Term): Biology and Philosophy, BSc, 2003
    “Evolutionary morality and Christianity: complementarity and insight”

Dr. Rowland Marshall History of Science and Technology Prize in Ecology and Environment

Dr. Rowland Marshall, friend of the University of King’s College, established the Dr. Rowland Marshall HOST Essay Prize to celebrate the best essay written in ecology and environment. To qualify for consideration for the prize, the paper must be written for either Engineering the Planet: the Anthropocene Era, from Prehistory to Today’s Global Crisis (HSTC2210.03), Ecology and Religion (HSTC3202.03/ RELS3211.03), or Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique (CTMP2206.03/HSTC2209.03).