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 that is judged to be of the highest quality by the graduate student preceptor, faculty advisor, and Director of Undergraduate Studies graduate with departmental honors. 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.

A list of recent winners is available here.

The 2018-2019 recipients of the Janel Mueller Undergraduate Thesis Prize are:
  • Sophie Hoyt, Surviving in the Multiracial Body: Octavia Butler and Multiracial Science Fiction
  • May Huang, Hong Kong and Chicago: Voicing the City Through Verse
  • Katherine Kahal, Reduce, Reuse, Rewrite: The Republication of Lessons for Children from England to America
  • Siri Lee, ZÀO, Volumie 1: A History of Chinese Dishcourse Through Famine and Revolution
  • Everett Pelzman, Rhythmic Walls:The Transatlantic Architectonics of Racialized Space in Pinckney’s Black Deutschland

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, preliminary budget, 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 Student Affairs Assistant. 

The 2018-2019 recipients of the Dunn Reseach Prize are:
  • David Amano
  • Paola Del Toro
  • Alex Kong
  • Emily Lynch

Past successful proposals have included:
  • identification of archives, materials, and sites of expertise that the student hopes to engage;
  • a narrow enough vision that the student can reasonably make significant progress towards their 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 the student is 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.