In 1985, Professor Francis R. Aparicio bequeathed a fund to the Department of Religion (and then Chair Niels C. Nielsen) to honor her late husband. Each year the fund has been used to award what has come to be known as the Aparicio Prize to a deserving member of the undergraduate class. The prize, voted on by the entire Department of Religion faculty, celebrates the most outstanding paper on religion (with preference for those written in the psychology of religion).
|2019||Emily Rychener||"Spiritual but not Religious, and Definitely not Heterosexual"|
|2018||Isaac Carroo||"Mysticism and the Rastafari Identity"|
|2017||John Hagele||"The Rites of Frank-N-Furter: Rocky Horror as Mystical Text and Mystery Cult"|
|2016||Zoe Tao||"Music and Psychological Healing"|
|2012||Erin Shea O'Brien||-|
|2012||Seon Hyang Gong||-|