This prize is awarded to a student enrolled in the American philosophy master's program for a significant essay which is judged to be superior. This Prize honors the memory of Jean Martin Maxwell (1924-2005) who discovered a passion for the study of philosophy when, as an adult returning student, she undertook a master's degree program in the history and philosophy of education at Northern Illinois University. Her master's thesis on the Phenomenology of William James confirmed her interests, and she subsequently went on to teach introductory philosophy courses.
Selection is made by faculty committee.
Selection is made by faculty committee. Applications are by nomination only.