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.

2020 Winner:

Vayne Ong, Department of History:
“Springwood Avenue Rising: Race, Leisure, and Decline in the 1970 Asbury Park Uprising”

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.

2020 Winner:

Tabitha Belshee, Department of Politics:
“Doing Right by Our Children: Understanding and Redressing President Trump’s ‘Zero-Tolerance Policy’”

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.

2020 Winner:

Grace Koh, Department of History:
“The Origins of a Nation: Constructing a ‘Korean Nation’ from the Three Kingdoms of Korea”

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 ’21 in memory of his mother.

2020 Winner:

Allegra E. Martshenko, School of Architecture:
“Between the One and the Other, Textual Imagination as Architectural Method”

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.

2020 Winner:

Tessa Albertson, Department of English