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Dewey Grantham and Prize Awards

The Department of History Announces the
Annual Essay Prize Awards for 2020 - the winners are in!

 

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.

2020 Winner:   Mary E. Tezak,  "The Hatay belongs to us': Defining Community in the Sanjak of Alexandretta, 1915-1940," (Cohen and Harrington). Awarded: Highest Honors. 

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.

2020 Winners: Mary E. Tezak, Nissim Lebovits, and Benjamin Lackner (a three-way tie)

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 F2019, and S2020 terms.  

2020 Winner: Blane Kassa,"Built to Last: Reimagining  the Ancient Egyptian Past through the Mount Auburn Cemetery to Forge an American Identity,"
Originally written for Professor Celso Castilho's History 3000W-03, The History Workshop: Citizenship and Memory

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 F2019, and S2020 terms.

2020 Winner: Henry Hunter, "Hunters and Conservation: A Historical Union,"
Originally written for Professor Tasha Rijke-Epstein's, HIST 3000W: The History Workshop

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 F2019, and S2020 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). 

2020 Winner: Trevor White "Does 'convivencia' work to descibe the situation in medieval Iberia?."

Originally written for Professor David Wasserstein's JS 1111 In a Pluralistic Age: Muslims, Jews, Christians in the Iberian Penisula