Each May during the Department's graduation ceremonies, the Japanese faculty present awards for academic excellence to outstanding students in our program.
The MLL Book Prize in Japanese is awarded to a student who has shown overall excellence in Japanese studies. This student has often completed the Japanese Studies minor, a self-designed Japanese major, or the Global Studies/AMES (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) major.
Outstanding student are selected for the Japanese National Honor Society. They must complete at least five semesters of Japanese language study and maintain a high GPA in both language courses and overall.
The Kinyo Prize for Excellence in Japanese was established through the generous support of Mr. Kazuo Nakamura of Kinyo Virginia, Inc. This prize is given annually to recognize the hard work and achievements of the top students at each level of our Japanese program.See the news stories on our recent winners for the Book Prize and Kinyo Prize, and Honor Society inductees.