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Dewey Grantham and Prize Awards

The Department of History Announces the
Annual Essay Prize Awards for 2019 - the winners are in!

Papers are now being collected for the 2020 Prize Awards. The Prize Awards for 2020 will be announced at the end of April 2020 and will be selected from submissions from papers completed for a Vanderbilt history course during the F2019, and S2020 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.

2019 Winner:   TBA 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.

2019 Winners: TBA 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 F2018, and S2019 terms.  

2019 Winner: Mary E. Tezak, "'We counted them as Jews' Krymchaks, Karaites, and the Holocaust in Crimea."
Originally written for Professor Smith, History 3000W, The History Workshop: The Holocaust, Fall 2018.

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 F2018, and S2019 terms.

2019 Winner: Richard Hamrick, "National Identity: Historical Origins and Public Discourse Surrounding the Real ID Act of 2005."
Originally written for Professor Igo, HIST 4960: Major Seminar, Fall 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 F2018, and S2019 terms. 

In 2001, Professor Samuel T. McSeveney established the History Department Freshman Seminar Award to recognize an undergraduate student with the best paper written in a freshman seminar in the Department of History.  The fund has also been supported by Jeanne Adams, a grateful student, to recognize the impact of McSeveney's teaching upon her lifelong love of history. Jeanne Adams has generously agreed to fund this award over the next ten years (2012-2022). 

2019 Winner: Chanteria Milner, "Black Art and Chicago's Black Freedom Struggle."

Originally written for Professor Byrd, HIST 1111.37: Black Lives Matter, Fall 2018.