The Washington Semester Program is a selective, semester-long program offered in Washington, D.C., through Holy Cross. The program welcomes students from all disciplines, and it allows them to have the opportunity to work with national leaders, engage in independent research, and live in the stimulating environment of Washington, D.C. The Maurizio Vannicelli Washington Semester Away Program Award is given each semester in honor of the late Holy Cross Political Science professor and Washington Semester director, Maurizio Vannicelli, for the best research paper produced in the Washington Semester Away Program. The recipient of the prize is accorded the opportunity to give a public lecture at the College on his or her thesis. In addition, the recipient receives a bound copy of the thesis and is presented the book award during Commencement exercises.