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Dewey Grantham and Prize Awards

The Department of History Announces the
Annual Essay Prize Awards for 2015 - the winners are in!

Papers are now being collected for the 2016 Prize Awards.  The Prize Awards for 2016 will be announced at the end of April 2016 and will be selected from submissions from papers completed for a Vanderbilt history course during the S2015, F2015, and S2016 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.

2015 Winner: Danielle Jessup Beaujon, "Coming 'Home': Repatriation in the Bouches-du-Rhône, 1962-1970," (Clay, Bess, Calico, Tuchman).

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.

2015 Winner: Danielle Jessup Beaujon

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.

2015 Winner: Eric Turner, "Understanding the Christmas Bombings: May-December 1972."
Originally written for Professor Thomas A. Schwartz, History 295.01: U.S. and Vietnam.

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.

2015 Winner: Alena Perszyk, "Legislating Morality: How Cultural Conceptions of Women and Rehabilitation Influenced Privacy Rights in Late 1920s and Early 1930s America."
Originally written for Professor Sarah Igo, HIST 295.01: Privacy in Modern America.

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).

2015 Winner: Joseph Minardi, "Reasons for Jewish-Turkish Cooperation in the Young Turk Movement."
Originally written for Professor Julia Cohen, JS 115F.09, Jews and Muslims in Modern History.