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Prizes and Scholarships


THE WILLARD THORP THESIS PRIZE
A prize is awarded to the senior in the American Studies Program who prepares the most outstanding thesis of a clearly interdisciplinary nature. The prize honors Professor Willard Thorp, a founder of the Program and for many years its chairman.

2015 Winner:
Sarah E. Yerima, Department of Sociology
Myopic Justice: A Brief Intellectual History of Colorblind Law, 1880-1896


THE ASHER HINDS PRIZE 

A small fund was created in 1989 in honor of Asher Hinds, one of the leaders of Princeton’s Special Program in the Humanities—the predecessor of American Studies and European Cultural Studies. It is awarded for a significant contribution to the field of American Studies

2015 Winner:
First Place:
Nicholas Joseph Park Williams, Department of History
"The Food Problem Is Fundamental to the Welfare of the Race": The New England Kitchen, Women, and Food Science, 1890-1894 
 
Second Place:
Chelsea Taylor Jones, Department of English
Reimagining Racial Passing through Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist and Helen Oyeyemi's Boy, Snow, Bird
 
Helen Hyoun Jung Yang, Department of English
The Drama of the American Empire and the Art of Vertigo in Herman Melville's Typee

THE GRACE MAY TILTON PRIZE IN FINE ARTS

This prize is awarded for an outstanding thesis by a senior in any of the departments collaborating in the American Studies Program. The thesis must deal wholly or principally with some aspect of the fine arts or crafts, past or present, within the United States or elsewhere in the Americas. The prize is a gift of Robert Schirmer ’21 in memory of his mother.

2015 Co-Winners:
Elise Rise, Department of Art and Archaeology
Social Surrealism in the 1930s and the 1940s: Locating Atypical Bodies in the American Scene

Misha Semenov, School of Architecture
Examining the Interactions of Rules, Built Form, and Social Behavior in American Residential Communities


DAVID F. BOWERS PRIZE
A prize awarded to the student in the American Studies Program who does the best work in the conferences, or seminars, of the Program.  Established in 1951 in memory of Professor David F. Bowers of the Department of Philosophy, one of the faculty group which drew up the plan for the American Studies Program, the prize was endowed in 1955 by Professor and Mrs. Willard Thorp.

2015 Co-Winners:
Conor Ryan Dube
Zhan Toichi Teng Xuan Okuda-Lim

Michael Elder Pinsky


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FUND
The Program has funds available to provide modest scholarships for undergraduate thesis research.   Students may apply through the University's S.A.F.E. system. 
The deadline for research during the fall term, through fall break, is October 12, 2015.
The deadline for research late in the fall term, and including winter break and intercession, is January 11, 2016.


 


George Washington at the Battle of Princeton
Charles Willson Peale, American, 1741-1827
Person depicted: George Washington, 1732-1799
American, 1784
Oil on canvas
Princeton University.  Commissioned by the Trustees.
(Photo: Bruce White)