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Dewey Grantham and Prize Awards

The Department of History Announces the Annual Essay Prize Awards for 2014
Prize Award Papers will be collected beginning March 10, 2014 for the 2014 winners based on papers written during the calendar year 2013. Deadline for submission is March 21, 2014, 4 pm sharp, Benson Hall, room 227. 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.

2014 Winner: announced in May
2013 Winner: Helen Li, "Culture Card: The Beijing Olympics and the Politics of Mega-Events," (Figal, Rogaski, Ramsey).

Frank A. Woods Award  

Announcing the Frank A. Woods Award in History, a new undergraduate prize. 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 and has the highest grade point average.

2014 Winner: announced in May
2013 Winner: Richard Lee Williams

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 completed during the previous calendar year. This competition is open only to undergraduate history majors and excludes History honors theses. The papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt history course during the calendar year 2013 (Spring, Summer, Fall 2013 terms).

2014 Winner: Kyle Deland, “Henry Every: King of Pirates.” Originally written for Professor Jane Landers, History 286d: Pirates of the Caribbean.

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. The papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt history course during the calendar year 2013 (Spring, Summer, Fall 2013 terms).

2014 Winner: Austin Brown, “Reaganomics, Race, and the Drive to Privatize Day-to-Day Southern Life.” Originally written for Professor Peter Hudson, HIST 288W: Blacks and Money

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. The papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt History 115F course during the calendar year 2013 (Spring, Summer, Fall 2013 terms). We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Jeanne Geldson Adams for funding this award over the next five years (2012-2017).

2014 Winner: No winner this year