Awards

The History Department awards three essay prizes each year.

The Barnette Miller Prize $300

For the best essay in the field of international relations, broadly construed. The essay must have been done originally for a History Department course. All students are eligible to compete.

The Bollard Prize $300

For the best essay in the field of United States history (with preference given to constitutional history). All students are eligible to compete.

The Erasmus Prize $300

For the best essay for an historical subject, with no restriction as to subject, but first year students may not compete, nor may papers offered for another prize be submitted.

For all three prizes, the papers written for honors or for two terms of 350 are not eligible. Other course or seminar papers can be entered, but no student may submit more than one paper for a given prize. The prizes are awarded in May. If the winners are seniors, the announcement is made at commencement rehearsal. Papers should be typed, documented with footnotes and bibliography and based on primary sources as much as possible.

One clean copy of the paper (undesignated course and no professors' comments) should be submitted to the History Department office in Founders 202A no later than April 4th. Names of prize winners will be announced during the second week of May.   

Papers are to be submitted with a pseudonym. Please place your paper in a large envelope that is clearly labeled with the name of the essay prize for which you are applying.  Also include a sealed  envelope containing a document with your real name, paper title, your student ID number, your summer address, and the course for which the paper was written.

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Department of History
Founders Hall 202A
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Anne Wasserman
Department Administrator

Tel: 781.283.2605
Fax: 781.283.3661
Email: history@wellesley.edu

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