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Dewey Grantham and Prize Awards

The Department of History Announces the
Annual Essay Prize Awards for 2016 - the winners are in!

Papers are now being collected for the 2017 Prize Awards. The Prize Awards for 2017 will be announced at the end of April 2017 and will be selected from submissions from papers completed for a Vanderbilt history course during the S2016 (after April 13, 2016), F2016, and S2017 terms. Click here for submission guidelines.

Dewey Grantham Award

Named for the late Professor Dewey Grantham, this award is presented to the best Honors Thesis in the History Department each year since Spring 1997. The selected author will receive $500. To see all of the past winners click here.

2016 Winner: To be announced after May 2, 2016. Name, "Title." (Adviser, Reader, Director).

Frank A. Woods Award  

Mr. James Lachs, PB '93 established this award in honor of Frank A. Woods, BA'63, LLB '66. A certificate, and $250, will be given to a graduating senior in the College of Arts and Science who is majoring in History or Economics and History and has the highest grade point average.

2016 Winner:To be announced May 9, 2016

Henry Lee Swint Award

Each spring, the Department of History awards $250 to the author of the best research paper or essay in any field of history. This competition is open only to undergraduate history majors and excludes History honors theses. For the 2016 prize the papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt history course during  S2015, F2015, S2016.

2016 Winner: Robert Yee, "Corporate Greed and Entrepreneurial Development: A Study of the Causes, Trends, and Explosive Growth of Venture Capital Funding in the 1980s," (completed for History 285C Innovation, Professor Ole Molvig)

Honorable mention: Campbell Kinnard, "Roots of Reconquista: Complementary Conservative Reaction in Early Medieval Spain" (completed for History 213, Muhammed and Early Islam, Professor Leor Halevi)

Paul K. Conkin Award 

Each spring, the Department of History awards $250 to the author of the best paper in U.S. history completed during the previous calendar year. This competition is open to all undergraduate students but excludes History honors theses. For the 2016 prize the papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt history course during S2015, F2015, S2016.

2016 Winner: Christian Talley, "Yun Chi-ho at Vanderbilt: The Deep Roots of Collaboration," (completed for History 2700, The United States and the World, Professor Thomas Schwartz)

Honorable mention: Mary E. Gwin, "More Precious Than Peace,": Woodrow Wilson, the German U-boat Campaign, and America's Path to World War I," (completed for History 2700, The United States and the World, Professor Thomas Schwartz)

Samuel T. McSeveney Award

Each spring, the Department of History awards $250 to the author of the best research paper or essay written for a freshman history seminar (History 115F/1111 or another 115F/1111 course taught by a history professor). The papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt History 115F/1111 course during the S2015, F2015, and S2016 terms. We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Jeanne Geldson Adams for funding this award over the next five years (2012-2017).

2016 Winner: Lydia Lutz, "Science Belief and the Nature of Einstein's Influence" (written for History 1111-30, Fall 2015, "Galileo, Darwin and Einstein," Prof. Ole Molvig)

Honorable Mention: Alan Tang, "The Ambiguous Legacy of the Social Security Act" (written for History 1115F, Spring 2015, "Disease and Contagion, Dr. Juliet Wagner)