Each year, the CGES Alumni Association awards one second-year MAGES student the Jill A. Hopper Award at the conclusion of the MAGES Final Colloquium where second-year students present their final MAGES projects. Created in 1999 to honor the memory of Jill Alexandra Hopper (class of 1996), the Hopper Award recognizes dedication to academic service and scholarship. Throughout her time at Georgetown, Jill maintained the highest standards for herself both inside and outside the classroom. Her commitment to academic excellence earned her the admiration of classmates as well as recognition within the broader academic community of scholars. Her talent for inspiring others to excel indelibly marked her class; her enthusiasm and optimism enlivened the Center. The Jill A. Hopper Award celebrates her example and encourages others to aspire to the same standards. Hopper Award nominees are selected via a two-tiered process of peer nomination, and the CGES Alumni Association selects the recipient based on the quality of her or his thesis project and demonstrated excellence in and outside the classroom.
The 2015 Hopper Award recipient was Timothy Schmalz, whose project was entitled "Reconsidering Race: Lebensborn and the Nazi Imperial Project." Timothy graduated MAGES with the 2015 class and is now pursuing an M.Phil. at the University of Cambridge.
The 2014 Hopper Award recipient was Emily Sieg, whose project was entitled "Multi-Level Electoral Campaigning in the European Union: How Far Right Parties Compete in Local, National, and Supranational Elections." Emily is working towards her Ph.D. in German Studies here at Georgetown University, where she is focusing her research on overlapping political and national identities in German-speaking Europe from 1848-1898.