Undergraduate Prizes

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations Senior Thesis Prize

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations Senior Thesis Prize, endowed by the Princeton University Class of 1966, is awarded annually to a member of the senior class, irrespective of academic concentration, whose senior thesis adds significantly to our understanding of issues of race and race relations in the United States, broadly defined. While a prize-winning thesis may rely on conventional research methodologies (in libraries and archives, using the research methodologies of the humanities and the social sciences), the Program in American Studies will look with favor on theses that also manage to draw this scholarship into practical and experiential engagement.

2021 Winners:

Jacy Duan, Department of Sociology:
“Asian American Actors and Representation in Hollywood”

Ashley Nurse, Department of African American Studies:
“The Veil: The Silent Lynching of the Black Woman”

The Willard Thorp Thesis Prize

A prize awarded to the senior in the American studies program who prepared the most outstanding thesis of a clearly interdisciplinary nature. The prize honors Professor of English Willard Thorp, a founder of the program and for many years its director.

2021 Winner:

Glenna Jane Galarion, Department of Anthropology:
“‘Honor’: Rapping and Representing Asian America”

The Asher Hinds Prize

This prize was established in memory of Asher Hinds, professor of English and one of the leaders of the Special Program in the Humanities, which later became the programs in American studies and European cultural studies. Hinds was remembered with particular affection by his students and colleagues, who established this prize. It is awarded to the student who does the most outstanding work in the humanities.

2021 Winner:

Lindsay Emi, Department of English:
“Rare Trips to America”

The Grace May Tilton Prize in Fine Arts

The prize is awarded for an outstanding thesis by a senior in any of the twelve 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 territory now embraced by the United States, or elsewhere in the Americas. The prize is a gift of Robert Schirmer of the Class of 1921 in memory of his mother.

2021 Winner:

Phoebe Warren, Department of Art and Archaeology:
“From Cholera to COVID-19: A Framework for Analyzing the Visual Media of Communicable Disease Outbreaks.”

David F. Bowers Prize

A prize awarded to the student in the American studies program who does the best work in program seminars. Established in 1951 in memory of Professor of Philosophy David F. Bowers, one of the faculty group that drew up the plan for the American studies program, the prize was endowed in 1955 by Willard and Margaret Thorp.

2021 Winner:

Christian Flores, Department of Politics