Research Opportunities & Prizes

We are pleased to announce a new prize funded this year by the Princeton Class of 1966.

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 his or her 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.

2018 Winner:

Anthony M. Sgro, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs:
“Litness Test: An Argument for Hip-Hop Music in Public Education”

The Willard Thorp Thesis Prize

A prize is awarded to the senior in the Program in American Studies 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.

2018 Winner:

Mark Adi Goldstein, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs:
“Climate Change in American National Parks: Impacts, Management, Communication, and Public Perception”

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 the Programs in American Studies and European Cultural Studies. It is awarded for a significant contribution to the field of American studies.

2018 Winner:

Katherine Elisabeth Shifke, Department of Art and Archeology:
“A Phenomenal Presence that is Unequivocally Black and Beautiful: Redefining Beauty Through the Art of Kerry James Marshall”

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 Program in American Studies. 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.

2018 Co-Winners:

Katherine Elisabeth Shifke, Department of Art and Archeology:
“A Phenomenal Presence that is Unequivocally Black and Beautiful: Redefining Beauty Through the Art of Kerry James Marshall”

Zoë Anne Toledo, School of Architecture:
“The Invention of Navajo Nature: Building, Heritage, and Land in the 1930s”

David F. Bowers Prize

A prize awarded to the student in the Program in American Studies 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 that drew up the plan for the American studies program, the prize was endowed in 1955 by Willard and Margaret Thorp.

2018 Co-Winners:

Nicholas Alexander Fernández , Department of Politics
Isabel Jane Hetherington, Department of History 

Undergraduate Research Fund

The Program has funds available to provide modest scholarships for undergraduate thesis research. Students may apply through the University’s SAFE system.