Graduate student essay prize winners announced

Author: Jeanette Torok

The Vincent P. DeSantis Prize

This prize is awarded for best research paper not yet accepted for publication.  The prize will be given for a polished, freestanding piece of original research suitable for publication in a scholarly journal.
The 2015 winner is Sam Fisher for his paper “Fit Instruments in a Howling Wilderness:  Colonists, Indians, and the American Revolution.”

The Philip Gleason Prize

This prize is for an historical article published in a refereed journal by a graduate student in the Department of History during the two preceding calendar years (2013 & 2014).  This prize is given in alternate (odd numbered) years.
The 2015 winner is Belen Vicens Saiz for her article “Swearing by God: Muslim Oath-Taking in Late Medieval and Early Modern Christian Iberia,” published in Medieval Encounters 20. (2014)

John Highbarger Memorial Dissertation Award

This prize is awarded at the discretion of the department for an exceptional PhD dissertation in History.  Representatives of the department will meet annually to consider all completed History dissertations entered for the competition.  Students have completed June 2014 are eligible for this year’s competition.
The 2015 winner is Courtney Wiersema for her dissertation “All Consuming Nature:  Provisioning in Industrial Chicago, 1833-1893.