Department of History Essay Prizes
Deadline April 14, 2023
Awarded on Honors Day, May 5, 2023
The Department of History invites History majors and minors to apply for the following essay prizes for work judged to be of distinguished quality. To be considered for one or more award, please email your submission to Lidija Petrus ([email protected]), with the email subject line ‘Prizes’ and your submission attached as a PDF. The deadline is April 14th, 2023. Prizes will be awarded on Honors Day.
D.G. BRINTON THOMPSON PRIZE IN AMERICAN HISTORY – $500
Awarded to a thesis considered by the Department to be an excellent one in the field of American history. Open to all classes.
MILES A. TUTTLE PRIZE – $700
Awarded to a thesis judged to be best in any field of History. Competition for this prize is open to members of the senior class only.
GEORGE B. COOPER PRIZE IN BRITISH HISTORY – $300
Awarded to the senior who has done the best work in British history at Trinity. The prize was established in 1976 by D. G. Brinton Thompson, Charles H. Northam Professor emeritus and a former Chairman of the History Department. Submission: the applicant’s best essay on British history, written at Trinity.
FERGUSON PRIZE IN HISTORY – First Prize, $500; Second Prize, $450
Awarded to the best portfolio of essays by a History major who is a member of the senior class only. For consideration, submit a portfolios of three essays and a one-page cover letter as a single PDF. The cover letter should introduce the essays and explain how they exemplify the department’s learning goals.
GEORGE J. MEAD PRIZE IN HISTORY FOR SCHOLARSHIP IN NON-ENGLISH SOURCES – $150
Awarded to a thesis or 15-page minimum paper based in part on sources in a language other than English.
In addition to these five essay prizes, the Department of History will award the following prizes at Honors Day. History majors are automatically considered.
GEORGE J.MEAD PRIZE IN HISTORY – $250
Awarded to an outstanding history major in the freshman or sophomore class.
GERALD A. MCNAMARA PRIZE IN HISTORY – $250
Established in 2013 by his wife, Ronnie, and daughter, Annie, in loving memory of Gerry McNamara ’62, who believed strongly in lifelong learning and the importance of active and vibrant scholarly debate. The McNamara Prize will be awarded to the student who, like Gerry, enlivened the classroom with vigorous intellectual engagement and, last but not least, robust class participation.