Honors, Awards, and Grants


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Students in the Department of English who have a strong undergraduate record in the Department and who complete an approved BA Project graduate with Departmental Honors. To be eligible for honors, a student's BA Project must be judged to be of the highest quality by the graduate student preceptor, faculty advisor, and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Honors recommendations are made to the Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division by the department and it is the Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division who makes the final decision.

A list of recent BA projects is available here.


The Janel Mueller Undergraduate Thesis Prize (formerly known as the Napier Wilt Prize) is awarded to the undergraduates in English who complete the finest BA Projects; it is often divided to reward the finest Creative Projects as well as the finest Critical Projects.

A list of recent winners is available here.

The 2016-2017 recipients of the Janel Mueller Undergraduate Thesis Prize are:
  • Kathleen Cole, Childish Things
  • Natalie Richardson, Again, the blade
  • Dhyana Taylor, Dismantling History’s Foot Notes: Witnessing, Poetry, and The Archive in M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!
  • Kristin Zodrow, Avant-Garde Detritus or Everyday Objects: The Black Mountain Poems of M.C. Richards

The Dunn Research Prize is designed to contribute towards living expenses of rising fourth-year students as they work on a major piece of writing or research, such as a BA Project. Applications, which consist of a proposal and letter of support from a faculty member, are due early in Spring Quarter. Funds must be used in the summer following the winner’s third year in the college. Students who are awarded this prize will be expected to send the Director of Undergraduate studies a short report (1-2 pages) about their work by the beginning of the third week in Fall Quarter. For questions about the Dunn Research Prize, please contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant. 

Past successful applications have included:
  • Identification of archives, materials, and sites of expertise that the you hope to engage
  • A narrow enough vision that you can reasonably make significant progress towards your research goals over the summer
  • A sense of how the money will be spent with some precision
  • How this project either builds from past research interests and/or bulwarks a project you are about to undertake


The College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA) supports current undergraduates by providing information and guidance about nationally competitive funding opportunities. Students are encouraged to use the searchable opportunities database to browse available scholarships, fellowships and post-graduate opportunities. You can also subscribe to the CCSA Listserv to receive regular information on upcoming information sessions, relevant opportunities and deadlines.