Research Opportunities & Prizes

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.

2017 Winner:
Abigail Ruth Melick, Department of English
Mothers of Brave New Worlds: In Search of Feminist Utopias Across a Century of Dystopian Fiction


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

2017 Winner:
Lily Sivitz Gellman, Independent Major in American Studies
Marginally Genre-Savy:  A Queer American Essay Assemblage

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.

2017 Co-Winners:
Emily Perlmutter Kamen, Department of Art and Archaeology
Finding Ground: Exploring the American Terrain of the Center for Land Use Interpretation

Janice Y. Sung, Department of Art and Archaeology
Place, Performance, and Possibility: Interconnectivity in William Sidney Mount’s The Power of Music


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.

2017 Co-Winners:
Cason Philip Crane, Department of History
Melissa French Fulenwider, Department of Politics
Lafayette Matthews, Department of History
Madeleine Sophia Meyers, Department of Art & Archaeology
Margot Elizabeth Yale, Department of Art and Archaeology


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 1, 2016.
The deadline for research late in the fall term, and including winter break and intercession, is November 9, 2016.