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Smith College Academic Prize Competitions for 2017

Undergraduate students in all classes, and in some cases alumnae, can compete for these prizes by submitting application materials to the department responsible. These are monetary prizes, not scholarships, and the amounts vary. Questions concerning prizes should be addressed to the department responsible for the prize. Prize winners are announced at the Ivy Day Awards Convocation in May.

Department of Africana Studies

Ida B. Wells Prize for Distinguished Work in Africana Studies, awarded annually to a senior for excellence in an essay or other project. No more than one submission per student. Work may be on any aspect of Africana studies and may be of any length; creative pieces or portfolios as well as analytic/scholarly essays are welcome. If your paper is a research paper, or one that uses sources, please be sure to cite those sources in an approved fashion (i.e., include footnotes and bibliography where appropriate). Include a brief description of the original assignment or reason for the paper (instructor, class, paragraph describing the assignment, etc.), as papers may be read and evaluated by faculty who are not necessarily aware of the context in which the paper was originally presented. All papers should be paginated (i.e., each page should be numbered consecutively). Only clean, unmarked papers should be turned in (i.e. without teacher’s comments or grades). The prize will be awarded to work that is distinguished in achievement of its intellectual goals. Deadline: papers are due by noon on Tuesday, May 2, by electronic submission to dosepowi@smith.edu. Items that cannot be submitted electronically may be submitted in hard copy to Wright Hall 107.

American Studies Program

Eleanor Flexner Prize, awarded for the best piece of work by a Smith undergraduate using the Sophia Smith Collection or the Smith College Archives or the Rare Book Room, only if the work itself takes U.S. women as its subject. Students interested should submit papers no later than the final day of classes in the second semester to the American Studies Program office, Wright Hall 224, or by email to tfleury@smith.edu.

Nancy Boyd Gardner Prize, awarded for a single outstanding paper or other project by a Smithsonian intern during the current year for work related to the Smithsonian Internship Program. Students interested should submit work no later than the final day of classes in the second semester to the American Studies Program office, Wright Hall 224, or by email to tfleury@smith.edu.

Department of Anthropology

Samuel Bowles Prize, awarded to a major in the graduating class for the most distinguished paper in anthropology. Submissions may be seminar papers, special studies projects or honors theses. Submissions are due by the last day of classes and must be delivered in hard copy to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 226. A digital version should also be sent to the chair of the department to farmstro@smith.edu.

Department of Art

Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award, established in 1978 by friends and former students of Professor Lehmann, this prize is awarded to seniors majoring in the history of art to be put toward travel to further their studies. Preference is given to students interested in pursuing the study of art history, especially classical antiquity, at the graduate level. To apply, bring the following to the Art office: copy of your transcript, written proposal describing your travel plans and an itemized budget for your travels. Deadline: 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize, established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones ’88. The award is made annually to one undergraduate for a judged work in drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, printmaking or graphic arts. To enter: leave ONE piece of artwork (no triptychs or diptychs) in the Oresman Gallery anytime on Friday, March 31.

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize, established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Elizabeth Killian Roberts ’45. The prize is awarded to an undergraduate for the best drawing as judged by the Department of Art. To submit, students should display their work on the boards in the second floor hallway of Hillyer Hall. Work must be labeled with student name, class, and contact information on the back. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, April 14.

Enid Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History, awarded annually for the best student paper written in an art history course taught at Smith. To be considered for this prize, submit one clean copy of your paper to the Art office in Hillyer Hall. Your name should only appear on a separate cover sheet. You may submit a paper written at any point during your time at Smith. The paper must have been written for an art history course taught at Smith. Deadline: 4 p.m., Friday, March 31.

Museum of Art

Tryon Prize for Writing

A jury awards prizes for outstanding writing related to art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art. Writing may take any form including a thesis, essay or poetry. Jurors seek insight and scholarship. If the work was written for a class, include the description of the assignment. You must also include a cover sheet with your name, class year, email address, campus address and phone number. Send your submission online in a Word document format (.doc) to Tryon Prize for Writing at museduc@smith.edu. You may also send any questions to museduc@smith.edu. Submissions must be received no later than Friday, April 28.

Tryon Prize for Art

A jury awards prizes for installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet and interactive art. Jurors seek a high level of artistic expression and presentation. Only one submission is allowed. Document the work with up to five images (jpg) and/or up to five minutes of video. You must also include 1) a cover sheet with your name, class year, campus address, email, phone, title of work; and 2) a statement describing the concept and development of the work (please mention if your work was influenced by art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art). If the work was created for a class, include a description of the assignment. Send your submission to Tryon Prize for Art at museduc.@smith.edu. You may also send any questions to museduc@smith.edu.Submissions must be received no later than Friday, April 28.

Department of Biological Sciences

Amey Randall Brown Prize, established in memory of Amey Randall Brown by Mabel Brown 1887, is awarded for the best paper or research poster submitted in any area of the plant sciences. Submissions may be course-related papers, special studies projects or honors theses.  Competition is open to any undergraduate who has not previously won the prize. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on the last day of classes.  Further details may be obtained from Jesse Bellemare, Department of Biological Sciences, Sabin Reed Hall.

Buddhist Studies

Subul Sunim Prize, awarded annually for the best academic paper written for a class taken at Smith on a subject in the field of Buddhist studies. Smith undergraduates as well as those in the Five Colleges are eligible. A student competing should submit a printed copy of the paper together with the required cover sheet available at www.smith.edu/buddhism/prizes.php to Phoebe McKinnell, Wright Hall 106, by noon on the last day of classes in the spring semester. One does not need to be a Buddhist Studies concentrator or minor to submit a paper.

Department of Classical Languages and Literatures

John Everett Brady Prize, awarded for excellence in Latin. The award, open to all classes, is made on the basis of an examination in translation of Latin at sight. The examination is to be held Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Caverno Room, Neilson Library. Students interested in this prize should see Nancy Shumate, Department of Classical Languages and Literatures.

Alice Hubbard Derby Prize, awarded to a member of the junior or senior class for excellence in the translation of Greek at sight and to a member of the junior or senior class for excellence in the study of Greek literature in the year in which the award is made. The examination is to be held Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Caverno Room, Neilson Library. Interested students should contact Thalia Pandiri, Department of Classical Languages and Literatures.

George E. Dimock Memorial Prize, established in memory of Professor George E. Dimock, is awarded for the best essay on a classical subject submitted by a Smith College undergraduate.   The deadline for submission is 3 p.m. on Monday, May 8.  Essays should be submitted to Chrissie Bell, administrative assistant in the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures, Dewey 106.  They should include two title pages, one giving the title of the essay and the author’s real name, and the other giving the title and a pseudonym.

Program in East Asian Studies

Mary Maples Dunn Prize, awarded for an essay written within the current or the three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Program in East Asian Studies.  Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or as honors theses are not eligible. If an essay was written in response to a specific question or problem posed by an instructor, the stated assignment should be submitted along with the essay. All essays should indicate for which course and in which semester they were originally written and should be submitted to Kathy Gauger, Seelye 210, by Thursday, April 27, and clearly identified as submissions for the Dunn Prize. Students may submit only one essay for the competition per year.

Department of Economics

Samuel Bowles Prize, awarded to majors in the graduating class for the most distinguished paper in economics. Submissions are due by the last day of classes and should be given to Sherry Wingfield, swingfie@smith.edu, Wright Hall 225. Questions should be directed to the chair of the department, Andrew Zimbalist.

Department of Education and Child Study

Distinction in Education and Child Study Prize, awarded to senior majors based on a paper, research project, or other meaningful contribution to the field of Education and Child Study. The deadline for submission is April 14. Self, peer and faculty nominators will write a brief (no more than 1 page) nomination letter explaining the impact of the students work to one of the four foundational areas of educational study: (1) historical and philosophical; (2) learning sciences; (3) sociocultural; and (4) curriculum and instruction. In addition, the nominator will provide specific evidence for or of the contribution (e.g., the paper, research project, etc.).

Department of English Language and Literature

Students submitting work for these prizes must submit three copies in person to Jennifer Roberts in the English department office, Pierce Hall 105, before 4 p.m. on Monday, April 17. Entries should be signed with an assumed name. Material that has appeared in student publications is eligible for most prizes. For a complete listing of the procedures and requirements for submissions for English department prizes, please consult the department website (http://www.smith.edu/english/).

Elizabeth Babcock Poetry Prize, awarded for the best poem by an undergraduate. Competition is not open to those who have already won the prize, nor may the poem have been printed previously.

Ethel Olin Corbin Prize, awarded for the best original poem (preferably blank verse, sonnet or ballad) or informal essay by an undergraduate.

Ruth Forbes Eliot Prize, awarded for the best poem submitted by a first-year or sophomore.

Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize, awarded for the best poem or group of poems.

Elizabeth Drew Fiction Prize, awarded for the best fiction written by an undergraduate.

Elizabeth Drew Essay Prize, awarded for the best classroom essay on a literary subject submitted by an undergraduate in a class taught by a member of the English department.

Elizabeth Drew Memorial Prizes, awarded for (a) the best honors thesis in English, and (b) the best essay on a literary subject submitted by a first-year.

Eleanor Cederstrom Prize, awarded for the best poem by an undergraduate, written in a traditional verse form.

Helen Kate Furness Prize, awarded for the best essay on a Shakespearean theme prepared in courses or seminars. Honors theses are not eligible.

Elizabeth Wanning Harries Prize, awarded to a graduating Ada Comstock Scholar for academic distinction and demonstrated commitment to the study of literature in any language.

James T. and Ellen M. Hatfield Memorial Prize, awarded to a senior majoring in English for the best short story.

Mrs. Montagu Prize, awarded for the best essay on a literary subject concerning women.

Gertrude Posner Spencer Prize, awarded for excellence in writing fiction and non-fiction prose.

Anne Bradstreet Prize from the Academy of American Poets, awarded for the best poem or group of poems by an undergraduate.

Emogene Mahoney Memorial Prize, awarded for (a) the best essay on a literary subject written by a first-year student and (b) the best honors thesis.

Norma M. Leas Memorial Prize, awarded to a graduating English major for excellence in written English.

Program in Film and Media Studies

Iris Prize, for the work of a graduating senior in Film and Media Studies that shows excellence in a thesis, paper or other major project that is the result of substantial research, innovative thinking and creativity. Students should submit their work to the chair of the program, Alexandra Keller by May 1 at noon.

Department of French Studies

Voltaire Prize, , awarded to a first-year student or a sophomore at Smith College for an essay or other project in French that shows originality and engagement with her subject. Applicants should contact the director of honors and prizes in the Department of French Studies for further information on how to submit their work. Submissions for prizes must be presented in person to Jennifer Blackburn in the French Studies office, Wright 102, no later than the last day of the spring semester examination period. Entries submitted should be the version of the work bearing the professor’s comments and final grade, unless the paper has not yet been returned to the student. Submissions will be judged anonymously.

Césaire Prize, awarded for excellence in an essay or other project in French by a junior or a senior on campus. Applicants should contact the director of honors and prizes in the Department of French Studies for further information on how to submit their work. Submissions for prizes must be presented in person to Jennifer Blackburn in the French Studies office, Wright 102, no later than the last day of the spring semester examination period. Entries submitted should be the version of the work bearing the professor’s comments and final grade, unless the paper has not yet been returned to the student. Submissions will be judged anonymously.

Department of History

Thomas Corwin Mendenhall Prize, awarded for an essay written within the current or the three preceding semesters in a regular history course. Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or as honors theses are not eligible. If an essay was written in response to a specific question or problem posed by an instructor, the stated assignment should be submitted along with the essay. All essays should indicate for which course and in which semester they were originally written and should be submitted to Lyn Minnich, secretary of the History Department, Wright Hall 227, by Friday, April 21, clearly identified as a submission for the Mendenhall Prize competition. A student may submit no more than one essay for this competition

The Merle Curti Prize

This prize is awarded for the best piece of writing on any aspect of American civilization. Interested students should submit their writing no later than Friday, April 28, to Lyn Minnich, secretary of the History Department, Wright Hall 227.

Department of Italian

Michele Cantarella Memorial “Dante Prize”, established in 1988 by family, colleagues, friends and former students, this prize is awarded to a senior for the best essay on any aspect of The Divine Comedy or Boccaccio’s Decameron. Entries must be submitted by Friday, May 12 at noon, to Michelle Finley, administrative assistant, Hatfield Hall.

The Anacleta C. Vezzetti Prize, awarded to a senior for the best piece of writing in Italian on any aspect of the culture of Italy.  Entries must be submitted by Friday, May 12 at noon, to Michelle Finley, administrative assistant, Hatfield Hall.

Program in Landscape Studies

The Susan Komroff Cohen'62 and Paula Deitz '59 Prize in Landscape Studies, for excellence in a thesis, paper or project that examines the science, design or culture of the built environment. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible and need not be Landscape Studies minors. Interested students should submit the version of the project or paper that includes the instructor’s comments and grade. Submissions are due in the Landscape Studies Office, Wright Hall, by the last day of classes.

Program in Latin American and Latina/o Studies

LALS Prize, awarded to a senior major for an outstanding paper or visual or performance art from any LALS or Latin American or Latino/a Studies class. Deadline for submission is May 14. Submit by email to LALS program director, Velma Garcia.

Department of Music

Margaret Collins Stoop Adesso Prize, awarded for the best new choral work composed by a Smith student. The prize is not limited to students who have taken a composition course. Compositions should be submitted to the administrative assistant of the music department, Sage Hall 102, by noon on the last day of classes.

Sarah H. Hamilton Memorial Prize, awarded for an essay on music. The essay may be a paper previously submitted for a course assignment and should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Any undergraduate may submit an essay to the administrative assistant of the music department, Sage Hall 102, by 5 p.m. on the last day of exams. It must be signed with a fictitious name and accompanied by an envelope containing the real name of the competitor.

Settie Lehman Fatman Prizes, awarded to students enrolled in intermediate and advanced music composition courses, one for a composition in extended form, the other for a composition in a small form. Compositions should be submitted to the administrative assistant of the music department, Sage Hall 102, by 5 p.m. on the last day of exams.

Carillon Composition Prize, established in memory of Dorothea Carlile ’22, offers two prizes annually, one for the best original composition for carillon and one for the best transcription for carillon. The competition is open to all students. Entries must be submitted by noon on the last day of classes to the administrative assistant of the music department, Sage Hall 102.

Program in Neuroscience

Neuroscience Service Award, awarded to a senior major on the basis of a submitted description of the activities of that student in neuroscience outreach or service to our community. Submit nomination by email to Richard Olivo (rolivo@smith.edu) by April 17.

Department of Religion

Students are invited to submit midsized and longer papers that reflect substantial research and innovative thinking for consideration for religion department prizes. One need not be a religion major to submit a paper for a prize and students may submit more than one paper. A student competing for one or more of these prizes should submit a printed copy of her paper together with the required cover sheet available at www.smith.edu/religion/prizes.php to Phoebe McKinnell, Wright Hall 106, by noon on the last day of classes in the spring semester. The department will determine which prize category a given paper fits should it be deemed prize-worthy.

Henry Lewis Foote Memorial Prize, awarded for the best essay on a subject in the field of biblical studies suggested by a course in the religion department and written by an undergraduate candidate for the Smith College degree.

James Gardner Buttrick Prize, awarded for the best essay on a subject in the field of studies in religion suggested by a course in that department and written by an undergraduate student for the Smith College degree.

Jochanan H.A. Wijnhoven Prize, awarded for the best essay on a subject in the area of Jewish religious thought written for a course in the religion department or the Program in Jewish Studies by a Smith College undergraduate.

Department of Sociology

Samuel Bowles Prize, awarded to graduating majors for the most distinguished paper in sociology. Questions should be directed to Marc Steinberg. Submissions are due by the last day of classes to Terie Fleury, Wright Hall 224.

Arthur Shattuck Parsons Memorial Prize, awarded for the outstanding paper in sociological theory or its application. Questions should be directed to Marc Steinberg. Submissions are due by the last day of classes to Terie Fleury, Wright Hall 224.

South Asia Concentration

S. Mona Ghosh Sinha Prize, awarded annually for the best academic paper written by a Smith undergraduate on a subject that concerns South Asia. Papers from any academic discipline are welcome, and one need not be a South Asia concentrator to be eligible. Students may not submit more than one paper for consideration in any given year. A student should submit a printed copy of the paper together with the required cover sheet available at www. smith.edu/southasia/prizes.php to Phoebe McKinnell, Wright Hall 106, by noon on the last day of classes in the spring semester.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Gabriela Mistral Student Prize for Spanish, awarded to a graduating SPN major for the best senior essay or project in Spanish. Submissions, one per student, may include papers, portfolios, or projects in Spanish, completed for courses or special studies during the last two semesters of study, excluding honors theses. Entries should indicate for which course they were originally completed. Submissions are due by noon on the first weekday of the spring semester exam period and must be delivered as a hard copy to Michelle Finley, administrative assistant in Hatfield Hall. Potential applicants should contact Spanish faculty with any questions.

Department of Theatre

Denis Johnston Playwriting Prize, for the best play, screen play or musical, written by an undergraduate at any of the Five Colleges. Unpublished manuscripts of any length should be submitted to the Denis Johnston Prize Committee, Theatre Department, Theater Building T205, Smith College. Applicants should submit three copies of each script to be considered for the award, along with contact information including school and an address valid after May 31, 2017. The deadline for script submission is Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Program for the Study of Women and Gender

Jeanne McFarland Prize and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prize, awarded by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender. Submissions are due no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, May 1. Please see complete guidelines for submission on the Program for the Study of Women and Gender website: www.smith.edu/swg/prize.php.

The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies is awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender for excellent work in queer studies. Submissions are due no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, May 1. Please see complete guidelines for submission on the Program for the Study of Women and Gender website: www.smith.edu/swg/prize.php.

The Study of Law or Public Policy

David Burres Memorial Law Prize, from the Office of the Dean of the College. Established in 1985 by the widow (Professor Emerita Helen Searing), family and friends of Attorney Burres, who in his lifetime encouraged the entry of women into the legal profession. The prize, to be used toward first-year tuition, is awarded to a graduating senior or an alumna who has been accepted to law school (entrance may be deferred; the prize will be held until needed). Preference is given to students aspiring to practice law in the public interest rather than for private gain, in memory of Attorney Burres’s work for the disenfranchised and in the area of civil liberties. Need is a factor, though the prize is not restricted to students on financial aid. Applicants should submit a résumé, a statement of professional intentions, a statement of where they have been accepted for law school and whether they will be receiving financial aid and two letters of reference, one of which must be from a Smith faculty member who has had the applicant in class. Questions about applications should be addressed to tzaengle@smith.edu. All materials must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 14 to the Office of the Dean of the College, College Hall 203.

Barbara Jordan Award for Study of Law and Public Policy, from the Office of the Dean of the College. Established in 1989 to encourage African-American women to undertake careers in law and public policy, after the example of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (1936-1996). Students and alumnae are eligible. The prize funds may be used to help prepare for admission (e.g., for application costs, internships, travel to interviews) or they may be applied toward academic loan-forgiveness. The funds may also be held for later use to help meet the costs of tuition and books. Applicants should submit evidence that they have been accepted into a school of law or a graduate program of public policy, along with a statement of professional intentions that should explain why you are interested in pursuing a career in law or public policy, some of the events in your life that led you to the decision to do so and your career plans. In addition, you should submit a resume, a description of how the prize funds will be used, and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a Smith faculty member whose class you took. Questions about applications should be addressed to tzaengle@smith.edu. All materials must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 14 to the Office of the Dean of the College, College Hall 203.

International Relations, Race Relations, Peace Studies

Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Prize, from the Office of the Dean of the College. Established in 1985 to encourage further study, travel and/or research in the areas of international relations, race relations or peace studies. The prize is for use at any time through the next academic year. Undergraduate students of any nationality who have done substantial academic work or have had relevant experience in any of these areas are eligible. Preference is given to seniors as long as they have not enrolled in graduate school. Questions about applications should be addressed to tzaengle@smith.edu.Applications are available in the Office of the Dean of the College, College Hall 203, or by emailing tzaengle@smith.edu. Complete applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 14.