Department of English Awards, 2019-20 winners
The annual Department of English Awards Ceremony had a different look in 2020, but the end result was the same—recognition for the department’s outstanding student writers and scholars.
The awards committee, along with other department faculty members, judged the nominations for 24 undergraduate and graduate awards. The final decisions bestowed honors on 31 separate students, including runners-up and honorable mentions.
Although COVID-19 restrictions prevented the department from celebrating the students’ achievements in person, many professors took time to record short videos of their congratulations for the winners.
Click this link to watch the department’s first virtual awards ceremony. Although we encourage you to watch the entire video, the times in parentheses below denote when in the video those awards are announced. Here is the entire list of this year’s winners.
Undergraduate writing awards (1:20)
John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Undergraduate Award—Nicholas Holt
Click here to read about Nicholas' Honors in the Major project.
John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Undergraduate Award honorable mention—Caleb Dros
Click here to read about Caleb's Honors in the Major project.
Cody Harris Allen Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Writing—Raven Halle
Cody Harris Allen Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Writing (1st runner up)—Caleb Dros
Cody Harris Allen Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Writing (2nd runner up)—Mia Hernandez
Sassaman Undergraduate Creative Writing Award—Hayden Church
Sassaman Undergraduate Creative Writing Award (honorable mention)—Kean Knerr
Sassaman Undergraduate Critical Writing Award—Rachel Ames
George and Ruth Yost Award for Best Personal Essay—Emilee Wigglesworth
George and Ruth Yost Award for Best Personal Essay (honorable mention)—Mia Hernandez
Steven D. Schloff Undergraduate Creative Writing Award for Poetry—Emilee Wigglesworth
Click here to listen to Emilee talk about her poetry.
Steven D. Schloff Undergraduate Creative Writing Award for Fiction—Caleb Dros
Steven D. Schloff Undergraduate Creative Writing Award for Creative Non-Fiction—Jessica Posey
Graduate writing awards (4:45)
John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award—Diamond Forde
Click here to read about Diamond's 2019 Margaret Walker Memorial Prize in Poetry
John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award honorable mention—Hera Naguib
Sassaman Graduate Critical Writing Award—Jessica Morgan-Davies
Sassaman Graduate Critical Writing Award—Carley Robertson
Sassaman Graduate Critical Writing Award honorable mention—Fatmah Alharthi
Sassaman Graduate Critical Writing Award honorable mention—Alexander Ruhsenberger
Sassaman Graduate Creative Writing Award—Tanya Grae
Click here to read about Tanya's 2018-19 Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellowship
Undergraduate academic awards (7:25)
Fred L. Standley Award for Undergraduate Excellence—Sabine Nemours
Click here to read about Sabine's 2019 IDEA Grant project.
Mart P. Hill Award for Outstanding English Honors Thesis—Lucy Miree
Graduate academic awards (9:30)
Bertram and Ruth Davis Award for Outstanding Career as a Graduate Student—Karen Tucker
Bertram and Ruth Davis Award for Outstanding Career as a Graduate Student honorable mention—Rita Mookerjee
Bertram and Ruth Davis Award for Outstanding Dissertation in English Literature, Criticism, Linguistics or Rhetoric—Travis Maynard
J. Russell Reaver Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Literature—Amber Cresgy
Click here to read about Amber's Bryan Hall Community Teaching Excellence Award
J. Russell Reaver Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Literature honorable mention—Tom Tooley
Excellence in teaching First-Year Composition (16:30)
Fred L. Standley Award for Most Effective Teacher Among Graduate Assistants—Brendan Hawkins
Marion Bashinski Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition—Margaret Mauk
Robert O. Lawton Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition—Katherine Kelly
Bryan Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition—Kathleen Taylor
James McCrimmon Award for Outstanding Student Writing in College Composition—Kiersten Wright
Adam M. Johnson Fellowship (20:00)
Ned Stuckey-French Fellowship (20:35)
Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellowship Award (21:10)
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