The Department of English is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of its undergraduate and graduate awards and prizes!
Created to honor Emeritus English Professor David Minter and his wife Caroline, the Minter Outstanding Major Award is given out every year to a graduating English major with an extraordinary GPA and whose transcript demonstrates a breadth of scholarship. This year, the award goes to Sonia Hamer and Asena Alay.
The Caroline S. and David L. Minter Outstanding Essay Prize is awarded for a paper of ten pages or more written for an English course by a current junior or senior English major. This year's recipient is Sarah Wozniak for her paper, “Conversing with Ghosts in the Archive: Affectively Mapping Saidiya Hartman’s Lose Your Mother.”
The Minter Summer Scholar Awards are given out every year to students whose research over the summer will benefit their work in English during the following semester. This year's recipients are Rebecca Chen, Shannon Klein, and Claudia Middleton.
The Lady Geddes Essay Writing Prize is an annual writing competition for the best academic paper by a currently enrolled freshman or sophomore. This year, the first place award goes to Hania Ilahi Nagy for her essay “Comfort, Sleep, and Space in Vermeer’s A Woman Asleep” and second place goes to Emma Gordon for “Stones and Snails: From Objects to Art”.
The Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing is given out every year to a graduating student who has completed course work in creative writing at Rice University. This year, the award goes to Sonia Hamer for her entry “Pig, An Essay”.
The R2: The Rice Review George G. Williams Awards are given out to those student contributors to R2 whose work merits additional recognition.
The George Williams Prize for Fiction first place award goes to Victoria Oliha for “The Last Ones” and second place goes to Alison Liu for “Bloodletting”.
The George Williams Prize for Creative Nonfiction first place award goes to Sonia Hamer for “Pig, An Essay” and second place goes to Alice Liu for “Step Two is Returning”.
The George Williams Prize for Poetry first place award goes to Annabelle Crowe for “Confessions of A Hammer Film Monster” and second place goes to Lenna Mendoza for “Offering”.
The Cover Art Prize goes to Suzanne Zeller for “Art Ponders Art”.
Evan Choate has been chosen as the winner of the Rapoport Graduate Essay Prize for 2018 for his essay, "A Potent Flaccidity: Misreading Impotence in Richard III.” The Shirley Bard Rapoport Graduate Essay Prize is awarded each year to the best essay by a graduate student in the English Department and recognizes graduate student excellence in scholarship, writing, and publication before completion of the dissertation.
Lorena Gauthereau was awarded the Chair’s Best Dissertation Prize for 2018 for her dissertation, “Class, Race, and the Coloniality of Power in Mexican American Literature”.
The Margaret C. Ostrum Summer Research Grant allows students to travel to archives or work on ethnographic projects outside of Houston, especially for work related to their dissertation. This year’s recipients are C. Brooke Clark, Alexander McAdams, Randi Mihajlovic, Samuel Stoeltje, and Clinton E. Wilson III.