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.

2016 Co-Winners:
Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin, Department of History
Protecting the Lawful, Combatting the Lawless: Racialized Police Violence and the 1967 Newark Uprising

Leigh Anne Schriever, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
How to Expand Labor's Toolbox: Alternative Forms of Organizing in the Modern Economy

Emily An-Li Tu, Department of Comparative Literature
On the (Un)translatability of the Visual: Migrant Subectivities in Travel, Expatriate, and Immigrant Graphic Narratives
 


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

2016 Co-Winners:
Evan Takuya Kratzer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Vote Here? Immigrants to the United States and the Civic Duty to Vote
 
Teri Tillman, Department of Sociology
Performing Between the Lines: AfroAsian Encounters Between Japanese American and African American Performers

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.

2016 Co-Winners:
Michaela Milgrom, Department of Art and Archaeology
Sturtevent's Feminist Reversals

Emily Jane Wiebe, Department of Art and Archaeology
A Redeemed City: The Politics, Plans, and Progress of Washington, D.C.'s Architecture and Urban Planning from 1790-1910


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.

2016 Co-Winners:
Abdiel Santiago
Tyler Garland Starr


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.