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Dewey Grantham and Prize Awards

The Department of History Announces the
Annual Essay Prize Awards for 2017 - the winners are in!

Papers are now being collected for the 2018 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.

2017 Winner:  Robert Yee, “Commerce and Corporate Governance: Financial Attempts to Restructure the British East India Company, 1765-1773,” (Caferro, Sheikh, Wcislo). 


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 or Economics and History and has the highest grade point average.

2017 Winners: A Three way tie!!!  John Richard Bouchard;      Caley Elena Caito;      Natalie Belle Johnson

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 2017 prize the papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt history course during F2016, and S2017 terms.

 

2017 Winner: Deling Chen, "A Salvation of Chinese Cultural Identity: Mao’s Images in Contemporary Chinese Art of the Late Twentieth Century.”
Originally written for Professor Igarashi, History 3000W.03, The History Workshop: War, Trauma, and Memory, Spring 2016

2017 Honorable Mention: Mitchell Kneeshaw, “The Shipwreck of the Nottingham Galley: Exploring Labor Confrontation in 18th Century English Merchant Shipping on the Eve of the Industrial Revolution.”
Originally written for Professor Sponsel, HIST 4960.01: Shipwrecks, Fall 2016



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 academic year. This competition is open to all undergraduate students but excludes History honors theses. For the 2017 prize the papers must have been completed for a Vanderbilt history course during F2016, and S2017 terms.

 

2017 Winner: Ellen Dement, "The Making of a National Library: The Library of Congress as a Cultural Product of the Late Nineteenth Century.”
Originally written for Professor Castilho, HIST 3000W.01: The History Workshop: Memory & Citizenship, Fall 2016.



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 1111 course during the F2016, and S2017 terms. We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Jeanne Geldson Adams for funding this award over the next ten years (2012-2022).

 

2017 Winner: Zain Khera, "Cautious Presentation: The US Military Leadership’s Politicization of Intelligence.”
Originally written for Professor Schwartz, HIST 1111.02: From Potsdam to Vietnam, Fall 2016.