Awards

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The Marlee and James Myers Award

For Outstanding Students in the English Department
Prizes totaling approximately $900
Deadline for Submissions: 11:59pm, Feb. 1, 2021

Guidelines:

❖ A brief (1-page) letter of application, outlining their achievements in English Literature courses
❖ An unofficial transcript of their grades up to the latest available term
❖ A representative sample of their work as English Majors/Minors, including but not limited to written essays, digital/multimedia work; critical work that also incorporates creative aspects, etc.

Faculty are encouraged to nominate students. Letter, transcripts, and sample exclusively to engasst@pitt.edu.
Inquiries and nominations to Prof. Ryan McDermott, rmcdermott@pitt.edu.

The J.K and Gertrude Miller Prize

For Outstanding Students in the English Department
Prizes totaling approximately $875
Deadline for Submissions: 11:59pm, Feb. 1, 2021

Guidelines:

❖ A brief (1-page) letter of application, outlining their achievements in English Literature courses
❖ An unofficial transcript of their grades up to the latest available term
❖ A representative sample of their work as English Majors/Minors, including but not limited to written essays, digital/multimedia work; critical work that also incorporates creative aspects, etc.

Faculty are encouraged to nominate students.

Letter, transcripts, and sample exclusively to engasst@pitt.edu.
Inquiries and nominations to Prof. Ryan McDermott, rmcdermott@pitt.edu.

 

The Carol Kay Award

For the best undergraduate essays on: British literature between 1500-1900
Prizes totaling approximately $800
Deadline for Submissions: 11:59pm, Feb. 1, 2021

Guidelines:

Essays of 8-20 pages are encouraged.
❖ Essays may have been written at any point during an undergraduate's career at the Universityof Pittsburgh.
❖ Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers. Faculty are encouraged to submitexcellent student papers, with the permission of the students.
❖ No more than one submission per student. Essays that have won other university-sponsoredawards in prior years are not eligible. Essays must not be submitted simultaneously to other English Department contests.
❖ Cover sheet should include the essay’s title; the author’s address, phone number, and emailaddress; the name of the award for which the essay is being submitted; the name of thecourse, and the instructor for whom the essay was written. The author's name shouldappear only on the coversheet.
The submission should include two separate documents: 1. A title page with paper title and author’s name. 2. The paper, with title on first page, but no name. All pages should be free of identifying information.
❖ 
Assignment may be included if necessary to clarify an essay.

Submissions by e-mail only to engasst@pitt.edu.
Inquiries to Prof. Ryan McDermott, rmcdermott@pitt.edu.

 

The James Snead Award

For the best undergraduate essays dealing with one or more of the following: Film, African-American literature, American literature, German literature
Prizes totaling approximately $1700
Deadline for Submissions: 11:59pm, Feb. 1, 2021

Guidelines:

Essays of 8-20 pages are encouraged
❖ Essays may have been written at any point during an undergraduate's career at the Universityof Pittsburgh.
❖ Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers.
❖ No more than one submission per student. Essays that have won other university-sponsoredawards in prior years are not eligible. Essays must not be submitted simultaneously to otherEnglish Department contests.
❖ Cover sheet should include the essay’s title; the author’s address, phone number, and emailaddress; the name of the award for which the essay is being submitted; the name of thecourse, and the instructor for whom the essay was written. The author's name shouldappear only on the coversheet.
❖ The submission should include two separate documents: 1. A title page with paper title and author’s name. 2. The paper, with title on first page, but no name. All pages should be free of identifying information.
❖ Assignment may be included if necessary to clarify an essay.

Submissions by e-mail only to engasst@pitt.edu.
Inquiries to Prof. Ryan McDermott, rmcdermott@pitt.edu.

Click here to see past Undergraduate Literature Award recipients (2007-2013).