Rice University

Department of English

Graduate Award History 

Shirley Bard Rapoport Essay Prize

This essay prize is awarded every year for the best essay by a graduate student in the English Department. Morris Rapoport established this endowed prize as a memorial to honor his beloved wife and lifetime partner, Shirley Bard Rapoport, and her love of writing and literature.

Abby Goode for her essay, “Gothic Fertility: Reproductive Ecology and the Rise of the Milieu in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History (1808),” 2013

AnaMaria Seglie for her essay, "Hemispheric Irving and the Histories of Empire," 2012

Joanna O'Leary for her essay, "Two For One? Twins and the Anxieties of (Re)Productions in Dickens," 2011

Jon Nelson for his essay, "Counterfeiting Romance in Robert Greene's Rogue Pamphlets," 2010

Margaret C. Ostrum Summer Research Grants, 2013

Joanna Fax will travel to New York to research post-1945 representations of affect and labor in the US and the neoliberal formulation of sexual subjectivity at the Lesbian Herstory Archive, the New York Public Library, and the Center for the United States and the Cold War at New York University.

Jennifer Hargrave will travel to Hong Kong, China to further her dissertation work on Romantic literature’s complex involvement in Anglo-Sino relations by doing archival research at the National Library of China and the Hong Kong Central Public Library.

Derek Woods will travel to Lawrence, Kansas, New York City, and Vancouver to further develop his research on “The Hastings Mill Site,” an ecocritical, historical, and archival study of the work of Canadian poet and novelist Daphne Marlatt’s Ana Historic and the origin story/site of the City of Vancouver.

Caroline S. and David L. Minter Summer Research Grant, 2013

Hannah Biggs will travel to London, England to research post-WWI English rural and farm life at the British Library and the Museum of English Rural Life.

Amanda Ellis will travel to Austin, Texas to research the work of Gloria Anzaldua at the University of Texas’s Nettie Lee Benson Collection.

Laura Richardson will travel to London, England to conduct archival research on Edith Sitwell at the BBC Archives, the British Library, and London University’s Senate House Library.

Chair’s Best Dissertation Prize

This award is given out each year by the Department Chair to the best dissertation completed in that same year as determined by a committee of English faculty.

Heather Miner, "Communities of Place: Making Regions in the Victorian Novel" 2013. Director: Helena Michie

Jennifer Rickel, "Narrative States: Human Rights Discourse in Contemporary Literature" 2012. Director: Betty Joseph

Elizabeth Womack, "Secondhand  Economies: Recycling, Reuse, and Exchange in the Victorian Novel" 2011. Director: Helena Michie

Victoria Ford Smith, “Between Generations: Imagination, Collaboration and the Nineteenth-Century Child” 2010. Director: Robert L. Patten

Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship

This award provides a one year fellowship for a graduate student whose record at Rice shows evidence of outstanding achievement and promise. Up to three awards may be given in the Humanities each year.

Michael Griffiths
Received Award for academic year 2011-2012

Amelia Scholtz
Received Award for academic year 2009-2010

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