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.
- Julia Aizuss, "Rewrite someone else's writing. Maybe someone formidable": Making and Remaking Catullus in and around the New York School
- Charlie Lovejoy, Ineluctable Modality of the Legible: Literary Style and the Gendering of Fictional Characters
- Yuri Motoyama, Beckett's Decompositions: How It Is and the Material History of Tenderness
- Puck Orabel, Blessed Faggotry
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.
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