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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.

2014 Winner:
Dixon Meng Li, Department of English
Between Mold and Molt: Aesthetics and the Matter of Race


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

2014 Winner:
Isabel Leah Kasdin, Department of History
Reassuring Memory: History and Nation-Building at Gilded Age and Progressive Era American World's Fairs 
 

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.

2014 Co-Winners:
Brooke D. Biederman, Department of English
Based on a True Story

Dina Igorevna Murokh, Department of Art and Archaeology
The Face of Painting: Images of the Artist in Early America


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.

2014 Co-Winners:
Alina Yao Jennings
Catherine Ku
William Lee Mantell


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 6, 2014.
The deadline for research late in the fall term, and including winter break and intercession, is November 10, 2014.


 


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)