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Dewey Grantham and Prize Awards

The Department of History Announces the
Annual Essay Prize Awards for 2018 - the winners are in!

Papers are now being collected for the 2019 Prize Awards. The Prize Awards for 2018 will be announced at the end of April 2018 and will be selected from submissions from papers completed for a Vanderbilt history course during the F2017, and S2018 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.

2018 Winner:   To be announced in early May.

Frank A. Woods Award  

Mr. James Lachs, BS '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, Economics and History, or Law, History and Society, and has the highest grade point average."

2018 Winners: to be announced in early May.

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.  The papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt history course during the F2017, and S2018 terms.  

2018 Winner: J. Caleb Harper, "Domestic Diplomacy: British Failures, American Intrigues, and Interventionalist Attitudes in the Lead-up to the Overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh."
Originally written for Professor Rijke-Epstein, History 3000W.02, The History Workshop: History and the Anthropocene, Fall 2017.

Paul K. Conkin Award 

Each spring, the Department of History awards $250 to the author of the best paper in U.S. history.  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 F2017, and S2018 terms.

2018 Winner: Caroline Fleischhauer, "'Yearning to Breathe Free': The Role of White Ethnic Advocacy and Cold War Exigencies in Passing the 1965 Hart-Celler Act."

Originally written for Professor Welch, HIST 4960: Major Seminar – Race and Law, Spring 2018.

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 1111 or another 1111 course taught by a history professor).  The papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt History HIST 1111 course during the F2017, and S2018 terms. This award was established by Jeanne Adams, a grateful student, to recognize the impact of McSeveney's teaching upon her lifelong love of history. We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Jeanne Geldson Adams for funding this award over the next ten years (2012-2022).

2018 Winner: Ellen Ward, "Black Criminality and Mass Incarceration: A Policy of Police Brutality."

Originally written for Professor Byrd, HIST 1111.37: Black Lives Matter, Fall 2017.