honors & awards

2020-2021 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations Grant, for the translation of The Synopsis of Madhyamaka ($99,972)

2020-2021 Sacred Writes Public Scholarship Training, for training in writing about religious studies for public audiences ($1,000)

2020                Mortar Board Honorary Award, Lawrence University, given to a faculty member or administrator who best advances the spirit of scholarship, recognizes and encourages leadership, and provides service, those ideals upon which Mortar Board was established. From the Mortar Board Society: “Professor Kassor is known for her passion for Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Students leave her classes with a newfound appreciation for religious studies and praise Professor Kassor for her encouragement, refreshing perspectives, and humor. She fosters a growth mindset in her classes and is always looking for ways to support students from all academic disciplines.”

2019                Maker Literacies Training Program, University of Texas at Arlington, for incorporating 3D printing projects into a course on Buddhist Studies ($1,000)

2018                Khyentse Foundation, Ashoka Grant, for translation of The Synopsis of Madhyamaka ($3,000)

2018                Florence Tan Moesen Fellowship, Library of Congress, for research related to the translation of The Synopsis of Madhyamaka ($2,000)

2018                National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, for translation of The Synopsis of Madhyamaka ($6,000)

2017-2018       National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, fellowship awarded to participate in a yearlong seminar examining issues surrounding “The Good Life,” Lawrence University

2012                Medieval Academy of America, Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Research Grant, for dissertation research in Kathmandu, Nepal ($2,000)

2012                National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Institute, awarded to participate in the summer seminar “Investigating Consciousness” at the College of Charleston

2012                Laney Graduate School Research Grant for dissertation research in Nepal

2011-2012       Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to assist with the exhibit, Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Art, Emory University

2010-2011       Fulbright Institute of International Education Fellowship, Kathmandu, Nepal

2009                Laney Graduate School Research Grant for dissertation research in Nepal

2007                Laney Graduate School Training Grant for Tibetan language study in Nepal