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Alumni donors have funded dozens of awards and prizes for outstanding Ohio State English students. We are proud to introduce the winners of awards for creative writing, scholarly writing and academic excellence listed below.


2021-2022 SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Department awards

MISHA BROUGHTON | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work.

SIONNAIN BUCKLEY | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Fiction (Honorable Mention)
$600 for the best body of fiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

SIONNAIN BUCKLEY | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Creative Nonfiction (Honorable Mention)
$600 for the best body of nonfiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

SIONNAIN BUCKLEY | Tara M. Kroger Award (Honorable Mention)
$1,000 for the best short story by a student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

HEATHER FRAZIER | Muste Dissertation Prize (Honorable Mention)
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor.

MELISSA GUADRÓN | Kitty O. Locker Research Grant
Grants awarded to subsidize research-related expenses of graduate students studying business and professional writing.

KEIRA HAMBRICK | Kitty O. Locker Research Grant
Grants awarded to subsidize research-related expenses of graduate students studying business and professional writing.

KEIRA HAMBRICK | Kitty O. Locker Undergraduate Professional Writing Contest-Instructor (First and second-place winners' instructor)
$750 awarded to the first-place student group and $250 to the second-place group for demonstrating excellence in professional writing produced in English 3304. Honoraria are also awarded to the instructors.

ARAH KO | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Poetry
$600 for the best body of poetry by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

NATALIE KOPP | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Named in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant.

SAHALIE ANGELL MARTIN | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Fiction 
$600 for the best body of fiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

CHRISTOPHER MORRIS | Muste Dissertation Prize
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor.

HANNAH NAHAR | Academy of American Poets Award/The Arthur Rense Prize (Honorable Mention)
$100 for the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

KURT OSTROW | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction
$100 for the best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student.

POLLEY POER | Academy of American Poets Award/The Arthur Rense Prize 
$100 for the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

LILIANA PEREZ RODRIGUEZ | Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Teaching Assistant
For a first-year graduate teaching assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, based upon student evaluations and observations of teaching. Sponsored by Cengage Publishing.

ANDREW ROMRIELL | Vandewater Poetry Award 
$1,000 for the best poem or group of no more than three poems by a graduate student.

AMANDA SCHARF | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Poetry (Honorable Mention)
$600 for the best body of poetry by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

AMANDA SCHARF | Tara M. Kroger Award
$1,000 for the best short story by a student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

HANNAH SMITH | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Poetry (Honorable Mention)
$600 for the best body of poetry by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

KATLIN MARISOL SWEENEY-ROMERO | Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate in Second-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching Second-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy.

AMBER TAYLOR | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Creative Nonfiction
$600 for the best body of nonfiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

CHRIS TURPIN | Kitty O. Locker Research Grant
Grants awarded to subsidize research-related expenses of graduate students studying business and professional writing.

SEAN YEAGER | Sacks Paper Prize
The Sheldon Sacks Award has been given since 1997 when James Phelan established it as a way to honor the teacher who introduced him to narrative theory. After receiving his PhD at the University of Chicago in the late 1950s, Sheldon Sacks taught at the University of Texas and the University of California Berkeley before returning to Chicago in 1968, where he remained until his death in 1979. He is best-known as the author of Fiction and the Shape of Belief, the founding editor of Critical Inquiry, and an inspirational teacher and advisor.


College & university awards

ANDREW BISHOP | Presidential Fellowship
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties.

NOAH BUKOWSKI | 2022-2023 Graduate Fellowship
The Global Arts + Humanities Graduate Fellows Program brings together a cohort of graduate students whose projects intersect with one or more of the GAHDT Focus Areas – providing students with an opportunity to gain cross-disciplinary mentorship while being embedded in a collaborative ecology. The program aims to give graduate students in the arts and humanities an essential toolkit of skills as they prepare to enter a newly evolving job market – one that is highly dependent on networks, technology and a collaborative ethos.

JOEY FERRARO | Outstanding Student Advocate Award from Student Life Disability Services
Established in 2017, the Outstanding Student Advocate Award is presented to an Ohio State student (undergraduate, graduate or professional) who has been an exemplary advocate for disability access and inclusion. 

KEIRA HAMBRICK | CSTW Writing Across the Curriculum Outstanding Writing Instruction Award (Honorable Mention)
This annual award recognizes a Graduate Teaching Associate who teaches writing in an innovative fashion: helping students overcome learning challenges, connecting writing to significant disciplinary concepts and improving teaching based on assessment and feedback. 

KEIRA HAMBRICK | First Place Hayes Graduate Forum Humanities Division
The Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum showcases the innovative and exemplary research being conducted by Ohio State graduate students across the full range of graduate degree programs and facilitates fruitful exchanges between students, faculty, the administration and the public.

KEIRA HAMBRICK | Presidential Fellowship
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties.

NICK HOFFMAN | Graduate Assistant Teaching Award (GATA)
The Graduate Assistant Teaching Award (GATA), granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500.

MARIAH MARSDEN | 2022-2023 Graduate Fellowship
The Global Arts + Humanities Graduate Fellows Program brings together a cohort of graduate students whose projects intersect with one or more of the GAHDT Focus Areas – providing students with an opportunity to gain cross-disciplinary mentorship while being embedded in a collaborative ecology. The program aims to give graduate students in the arts and humanities an essential toolkit of skills as they prepare to enter a newly evolving job market – one that is highly dependent on networks, technology and a collaborative ethos.

LIZ MILLER | Graduate Assistant Teaching Award (GATA)
The Graduate Assistant Teaching Award (GATA), granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500.

CLINTON MORRISON JR. | Presidential Fellowship
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties.

KATLIN MARISOL SWEENEY-ROMERO | CSTW Writing Across the Curriculum Outstanding Writing Instruction Award
This annual award recognizes a Graduate Teaching Associate who teaches writing in an innovative fashion: helping students overcome learning challenges, connecting writing to significant disciplinary concepts and improving teaching based on assessment and feedback. 


National & international awards

CALEB GONZÁLEZ | K. Patricia Cross Future Leader Award in Higher Education
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning.

KEIRA HAMBRICK | 2022 Summer Seminar for Composition Research
The Summer Writing Research Seminar is designed to support higher education writing researchers who would like to engage in data-driven research.

JORDAN LOVEJOY | ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship
The Emerging Voices Fellowship allows fellows to take up placements with members of the ACLS Research University Consortium, where they can advance their research and professional development while contributing to the teaching, programming, and administrative work of their host university.

MARIAH MARSDEN | Junior Fellows Program for the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Program is an annual summer internship program that enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library.

SAMANTHA TRZINSKI | Rare Book School at University of Virginia-William T. Buice III Scholarship
The William T. Buice III Scholarship through the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and skill levels to study the history of written, printed and digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field.

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NOAH BUKOWSKI | Outstanding Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500.

JOY GRACE CHEN | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Nonfiction
For the best body of nonfiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

NICOLE PIZARRO COLÓN | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant.

SHELDON COSTA | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Fiction
For the best body of fiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

SHELDON COSTA | Tara M. Kroger Award (Honorable Mention)
For the best short story by a student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

ALYSSA FROEHLING | Academy of American Poets Award (The Arthur Rense Prize)
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

ALYSSA FROEHLING | Vandewater Poetry Award (First Place)
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems by a graduate student.

YANAR HASHLAMON | Kitty O. Locker Prize for Excellence in Business Communications

SAM HEAD | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work.

SAM HEAD | Kitty O. Locker Prize for Excellence in Business Communications

GAVIN R. JOHNSON | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work.

KAMAL KIMBALL | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Poetry
For the best body of poetry by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

DAN KNAPPER | Muste Dissertation Prize
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and, like Marlene Longnecker, was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor.

KELSEY PAIGE MASON | Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate in Second-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching Second-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy.

MAYA McOMIE | Vandewater Poetry Award (Honorable Mentions)
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems by a graduate student.

PAULA MILLER | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work.

BEN MORAN | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work.

MOLLY ORTIZ | Vandewater Poetry Award (Second Place)
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems by a graduate student.

MACEY PHILLIPS | Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Teaching Assistant
For a first-year graduate teaching assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, based upon student evaluations and observations of teaching. Sponsored by Cengage Publishing.

MORGAN PODRAZA | Estrich Paper Prize
The Robert M. Estrich Fellowship Fund was established October 5, 1990, by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, with gifts to The Ohio State University Development Fund from Alice E. Estrich of Columbus, Ohio, colleagues, friends, and former students in memory of Robert M. Estrich (M.A., English ‘29; Ph.D., English ‘35), Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University Department of English. Robert Estrich was chair of the Department of English from 1952 to 1964, during which he presided over the department’s enormous WWII growth. In both his brilliant hiring and his democratizing of internal governance, he was instrumental in transforming the department into both a model within the university and a national presence in the academic profession.

KATIE PYONTEK | Vandewater Poetry Award (Honorable Mentions)
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems by a graduate student.

MARGIE SARSFIELD | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction (Honorable Mention)

MARGIE SARSFIELD | Tara M. Kroger (First Place)
For the best short story by a student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

ROBERT SCHUMAKER | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction (First Place)
For the best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student.

KATLIN SWEENEY | Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Teaching Assistant
For a first-year graduate teaching assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, based upon student evaluations and observations of teaching. Sponsored by Cengage Publishing.

KATLIN SWEENEY | Sacks Paper Prize
The Sheldon Sacks Award has been given since 1997 when James Phelan established it as a way to honor the teacher who introduced him to narrative theory. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in the late 1950s, Sheldon Sacks taught at the University of Texas and the University of California Berkeley before returning to Chicago in 1968, where he remained until his death in 1979. He is best-known as the author of Fiction and the Shape of Belief, the founding editor of Critical Inquiry, and an inspirational teacher and advisor.

JORDAN WOODWARD | English Graduate Human Rights Award
Established by the Department of English Human Rights Working Group in Autumn 2014, the English Graduate Human Rights Award is given to the best academic paper or multi-modal project produced in a Department of English graduate course or independent study in the past year. Submissions should demonstrate a critical engagement with the literature, rhetoric, narrative, folklore, histories, laws, and/or cultural practices of human rights.

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ANDREW BISHOP | Estrich Paper Prize
The Robert M. Estrich Fellowship Fund was established October 5, 1990, by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, with gifts to The Ohio State University Development Fund from Alice E. Estrich of Columbus, Ohio, colleagues, friends, and former students in memory of Robert M. Estrich (M.A., English ‘29; Ph.D., English ‘35), Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University Department of English. Robert Estrich was chair of the Department of English from 1952 to 1964, during which he presided over the department’s enormous WWII growth. In both his brilliant hiring and his democratizing of internal governance, he was instrumental in transforming the department into both a model within the university and a national presence in the academic profession.

AYENDY BONIFACIO | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

SCOTT BROKER | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose 
For best body of prose by a graduate student.

KELSEY-PAIGE BUSBY | Department of English Teaching Award for First-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching First-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy. 

BETHANY CHRISTIANSEN | Presidential Fellowship (SP'19)
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

MAGS COLVETT Academy of American Poets Award/The Journal Prize
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

MATTHEW CONNOLLY | Muste Dissertation Prize
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and, like Marlene Longnecker, was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor. 

JOEY FERRARO | Sacks Paper Prize
The Sheldon Sacks Award has been given since 1997 when James Phelan established it as a way to honor the teacher who introduced him to narrative theory. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in the late 1950s, Sheldon Sacks taught at the University of Texas and the University of California Berkeley before returning to Chicago in 1968, where he remained until his death in 1979. He is best-known as the author of Fiction and the Shape of Belief, the founding editor of Critical Inquiry, and an inspirational teacher and advisor.

MARIE FRANCO | Muste Dissertation Prize
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and, like Marlene Longnecker, was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor. 

ALYSSA FROEHLING | Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student. 

YANAR HASHLAMON | English Graduate Human Rights Award
Established by the Department of English Human Rights Working Group in Autumn 2014, the English Graduate Human Rights Award is given to the best academic paper or multi-modal project produced in a Department of English graduate course or independent study in the past year. Submissions should demonstrate a critical engagement with the literature, rhetoric, narrative, folklore, histories, laws, and/or cultural practices of human rights. 

SAMUEL HEAD | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant. 

CHAD IWERTZ | Presidential Fellowship (SP'19)
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

SEAN KAMPERMAN | Kitty Locker Prize for Excellence in Business Communication
For an outstanding graduate student conference presentation, publication or dissertation on professional communication. 

DANIEL KNAPPER | Presidential Fellowship (AU'18)
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

RACHEL MILLER | Presidential Fellowship (AU'18)
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

KRISHNA MISHRA | Tara M. Kroger Award
For the best short story by an MFA student. 

CLINTON "CLINT" MORRISON JR. | Estrich Paper Prize
The Robert M. Estrich Fellowship Fund was established October 5, 1990, by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, with gifts to The Ohio State University Development Fund from Alice E. Estrich of Columbus, Ohio, colleagues, friends, and former students in memory of Robert M. Estrich (M.A., English ‘29; Ph.D., English ‘35), Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University Department of English. Robert Estrich was chair of the Department of English from 1952 to 1964, during which he presided over the department’s enormous WWII growth. In both his brilliant hiring and his democratizing of internal governance, he was instrumental in transforming the department into both a model within the university and a national presence in the academic profession.

MOLLY ORTIZ | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry
For the best body of poetry by a graduate student. 

ROBERT SCHUMAKER | Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Teaching Assistant 
For a first-year graduate teaching assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, based upon student evaluations and observations of teaching. Sponsored by Cengage Publishing. 

ROBERT SCHUMAKER | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction 
For best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student.

MICHAEL SHIRZADIAN | Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate for Second Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching Second-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations, and teaching philosophy.

JACINTA YANDERS | Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.

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JENNIFER BURGESS | Kitty Locker Prize for Excellence in Business Communication
For an outstanding graduate student conference presentation, publication or dissertation on professional communication. 

SHELDON COSTA | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose 
For best body of prose by a graduate student.

EMMALEE HAGARMAN | Academy of American Poets Award/The Journal Prize
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry
For the best body of poetry by a graduate student. 

SAMUEL HEAD | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

CHAD IWERTZ | Kitty Locker Prize for Excellence in Business Communication
For an outstanding graduate student conference presentation, publication or dissertation on professional communication. 

GAVIN JOHNSON | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant. 

SHERITA ROUNDTREE | Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate for Second Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching Second-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations, and teaching philosophy.

CHRISTOPHER SANTANTASIO | Tara M. Kroger Award
For the best short story by an MFA student. 

ELIZA SMITH | Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Teaching Assistant 
For a first-year graduate teaching assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, based upon student evaluations and observations of teaching. Sponsored by Cengage Publishing.

ALLISON TALBOT | Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student. 

RACHEL TOLIVER | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction 
For best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student.

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GRAHAM BARNHART | Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student.

JACOB BAUER | Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student.

MERCEDES CHAVEZ | Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Teaching Assistant 
For a first-year graduate teaching assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, based upon student evaluations and observations of teaching. Sponsored by Cengage Publishing.

MARGARET CIPRIANO | Academy of American Poets Award/The Journal Prize
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

MATTHEW CONNOLLY | Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.

TORSA GHOSAL | Presidential Fellowship (SP'17)
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

SAMUEL HEAD | Kitty Locker Prize for Excellence in Business Communication
For an outstanding graduate student conference presentation, publication or dissertation on professional communication. 

CHAD IWERTZ | Department of English Teaching Award for First-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching First-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy. 

SEAN KAMPERMAN | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant. 

MALLORY LAUREL | Tara M. Kroger Award
For the best short story by an MFA student. 

LOUIS MARAJ | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

MARYNA MATLOCK | Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.

VICTORIA MUNOZ | Muste Dissertation Prize
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and, like Marlene Longnecker, was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor. 

DANIEL O'BRIEN | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry
For best body of poetry by a graduate student.

PRITHA PRASADEric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant. 

JESS RAFALKO | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction 
For best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student.

TYLER SCONESHelen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction
For best body of fiction by a graduate student.

SUZANNAH SHOWLER | Presidential Fellowship (AU'16)
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

RACHEL TOLIVER | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Nonfiction
For best body of nonfiction by a graduate student.

SAMANTHA TUCKER | Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student.

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ERIN BAHL & BRITTANY WARMAN | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

TREY CONASTER | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant. 

KAITLIN CLINNIN | Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.

Kitty Locker Prize for Excellence in Business Communication
For an outstanding graduate student conference presentation, publication or dissertation on professional communication. 

GWEN CULLEN | Tara M. Kroger Award
For the best short story by an MFA student. 

HEATHER FRAZIER | Estrich Paper Prize
The Robert M. Estrich Fellowship Fund was established October 5, 1990, by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, with gifts to The Ohio State University Development Fund from Alice E. Estrich of Columbus, Ohio, colleagues, friends, and former students in memory of Robert M. Estrich (M.A., English ‘29; Ph.D., English ‘35), Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University Department of English. Robert Estrich was chair of the Department of English from 1952 to 1964, during which he presided over the department’s enormous WWII growth. In both his brilliant hiring and his democratizing of internal governance, he was instrumental in transforming the department into both a model within the university and a national presence in the academic profession.

MIKKO HARVEY | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry
For best body of poetry by a graduate student.

SAM HEAD & TESSA JACOBS | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

JONATHAN HOLMES | Presidential Fellowship (SP'16)
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

COLLEEN KENNEDY | Muste Dissertation Prize
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and, like Marlene Longnecker, was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor. 

CADE LEEBRON | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction 
For best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student.

LOUIS MARAJ | Academy of American Poets Award/The Journal Prize
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

Department of English Teaching Award for First-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching First-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy. 

DANIEL O'BRIEN | Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student. 

MOLLY OLGUIN | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction
For best body of fiction by a graduate student.

BEN NOVOTNY OWEN | Presidential Fellowship (AU'15)
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

LIZ ROSE-COHEN | Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student. 

DANIELLE ROGNER | Sacks Paper Prize
The Sheldon Sacks Award has been given since 1997 when James Phelan established it as a way to honor the teacher who introduced him to narrative theory. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in the late 1950s, Sheldon Sacks taught at the University of Texas and the University of California Berkeley before returning to Chicago in 1968, where he remained until his death in 1979. He is best-known as the author of Fiction and the Shape of Belief, the founding editor of Critical Inquiry, and an inspirational teacher and advisor.

RYAN SHEEHAN | The English Graduate Human Rights Award
Established by the Department of English Human Rights Working Group in Autumn 2014, the English Graduate Human Rights Award is given to the best academic paper or multi-modal project produced in a Department of English graduate course or independent study in the past year. Submissions should demonstrate a critical engagement with the literature, rhetoric, narrative, folklore, histories, laws, and/or cultural practices of human rights. 

MICHAEL SHIRZADIAN | Department of English Teaching Award for First-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching First-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy. 

ALESSANDRA WOLLNER | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Nonfiction
For best body of nonfiction by a graduate student.

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MICHAEL BLANCATO & CHAD IWERTZ | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

CHASE BOLLIG | Kitty Locker Prize for Excellence in Business Communication
For an outstanding graduate student conference presentation, publication or dissertation on professional communication. 

KAITLIN CLINNIN | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant. 

TREY CONATSER | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

GWEN CULLENHelen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction
For best body of fiction by a graduate student.

MIKKO HARVEY | Academy of American Poets Award/The Journal Prize
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

JOEY KIM | Sacks Paper Prize
The Sheldon Sacks Award has been given since 1997 when James Phelan established it as a way to honor the teacher who introduced him to narrative theory. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in the late 1950s, Sheldon Sacks taught at the University of Texas and the University of California Berkeley before returning to Chicago in 1968, where he remained until his death in 1979. He is best-known as the author of Fiction and the Shape of Belief, the founding editor of Critical Inquiry, and an inspirational teacher and advisor.

CADE LEEBRON | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction 
For best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student.

Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Nonfiction
For best body of nonfiction by a graduate student.

MEGAN LeMAY | Muste Dissertation Prize
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and, like Marlene Longnecker, was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor. 

DANIEL O'BRIEN | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry
For best body of poetry by a graduate student.

MOLLY OLGUIN | Tara M. Kroger Award
For the best short story by an MFA student.

MEGAN PEAK | Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student. 

PRITHA PRASAD | The English Graduate Human Rights Award
Established by the Department of English Human Rights Working Group in Autumn 2014, the English Graduate Human Rights Award is given to the best academic paper or multi-modal project produced in a Department of English graduate course or independent study in the past year. Submissions should demonstrate a critical engagement with the literature, rhetoric, narrative, folklore, histories, laws, and/or cultural practices of human rights. 

ANDREW RICHMOND | Presidential Fellowship
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

MICAH RICKERSON | Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Teaching Assistant 
For a first-year graduate teaching assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, based upon student evaluations and observations of teaching. Sponsored by Cengage Publishing. 

ELIZABETH STEINWAY | Robert M. Estrich Fellowship Fund 
The Robert M. Estrich Fellowship offers one semester of tuition, fees, and stipend support for an outstanding graduate student in the English department who is writing his or her dissertation on any topic in literary and/or cultural studies. 

REBECCA TURKEWTIZ | Department of English Teaching Award for First-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching First-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy. 

CAIT WEISS | Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student. 

DAVID WINTER Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student. 

ALESSANDRA WOLLNER | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

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CHASE BOLIG | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant. 

ELIZABETH BREWER | Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.

KRISTA BRYSON | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

KAITLIN CLINNIN | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant. 

TREY CONASTER | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

JANELLE DOLRAYNE | Academy of American Poets Award/The Journal Prize
For the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

Vanderwater Poetry Award
For best poem or group of poems by a graduate student. 

COREY EFRON | Sacks Paper Prize
The Sheldon Sacks Award has been given since 1997 when James Phelan established it as a way to honor the teacher who introduced him to narrative theory. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in the late 1950s, Sheldon Sacks taught at the University of Texas and the University of California Berkeley before returning to Chicago in 1968, where he remained until his death in 1979. He is best-known as the author of Fiction and the Shape of Belief, the founding editor of Critical Inquiry, and an inspirational teacher and advisor.

KRISTIN FEREBEE | Department of English Teaching Award for First-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching First-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy. 

MARIE FRANCORobert M. Estrich Fellowship Fund 
The Robert M. Estrich Fellowship offers one semester of tuition, fees, and stipend support for an outstanding graduate student in the English department who is writing his or her dissertation on any topic in literary and/or cultural studies. 

MIKKO HARVEY | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry
For best body of poetry by a graduate student.

MIRA KAFANTARIS | Presidential Fellowship
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

COLLEEN KENNEDY | Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.

Presidential Fellowship
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties. 

MARYNA MATLOCK | Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Teaching Assistant 
For a first-year graduate teaching assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, based upon student evaluations and observations of teaching. Sponsored by Cengage Publishing. 

JEN MICHAELS | Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Studies Instruction
Formerly in memory of Eric Walborn, coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature) from 1987-1993, this award is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in computer-supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies by a graduate teaching assistant. 

KATE PARKER HORIGAN | Muste Dissertation Prize
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and, like Marlene Longnecker, was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor. 

JAMIE LYN SMITH | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction 
For best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student.

REBECCA TURKEWITZ | Tara M. Kroger Award
For the best short story by an MFA student.

TERRANCE WEDIN | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction
For best body of fictionby a graduate student.

ALESSANDRA WOLLNER | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work. 

NINA YUN | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship in Nonfiction
For best body of nonfiction by a graduate student.

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KATHERINE DeLUCA | Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.

SUHAAN MEHTA | Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.

JENNIFER MICHAELS | Graduate Associate Teaching Award
This award, granted by Ohio State’s Graduate School, is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.

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Department awards

MORGAN BEERS | Kitty O. Locker Research Grant
Grants awarded to subsidize research-related expenses of graduate students studying business and professional writing.

TONISHA CALBERT | Muste Dissertation Prize
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor.

LOUISE EDWARDS | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Creative Nonfiction
$600 for the best body of nonfiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

LOUISE EDWARDS | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Poetry
$600 for the best body of poetry by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

ALYSSA FROEHLING | Academy of American Poets Award/The Arthur Rense Prize
$100 for the best poem or group of no more than three poems.

LIZZIE LAWSON | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Creative Nonfiction (Honorable Mention)
$600 for the best body of nonfiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

LIZZIE LAWSON | Tara M. Kroger Award (Honorable Mention)
$1,000 for the best short story by a student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

JOSHUA LEAVITT | Muste Dissertation Prize (Honorable Mention)
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor.

EDUARDO MABILOG | Kitty O. Locker Research Grant
Grants awarded to subsidize research-related expenses of graduate students studying business and professional writing.

TAMARA MAHADIN | Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Teaching Assistant
For a first-year graduate teaching assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, based upon student evaluations and observations of teaching. Sponsored by Cengage Publishing.

JOE McQUEEN | Muste Dissertation Prize (Honorable Mention)
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor.

BEN MORAN | Muste Dissertation Prize (Honorable Mention)
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor.

D'ARCEE NEAL | Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work
For the recognition of outstanding digital media project(s) completed by a graduate student in the Department of English, either in a seminar or as part of the student's research or creative work.

KATIE PYONTEK | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Fiction (Honorable Mention)
$600 for the best body of fiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

KATIE PYONTEK | Vandewater Poetry Award (Honorable Mention)
$1,000 for the best poem or group of no more than three poems by a graduate student.

ELLEN RHUDY | Tara M. Kroger Award
$1,000 for the best short story by a student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

SHAN RUAN | Sacks Paper Prize
The Sheldon Sacks Award has been given since 1997 when James Phelan established it as a way to honor the teacher who introduced him to narrative theory. After receiving his PhD at the University of Chicago in the late 1950s, Sheldon Sacks taught at the University of Texas and the University of California Berkeley before returning to Chicago in 1968, where he remained until his death in 1979. He is best-known as the author of Fiction and the Shape of Belief, the founding editor of Critical Inquiry, and an inspirational teacher and advisor.

SHAUN RUSSELL | Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate in Second-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching Second-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy.

MARGIE SARSFIELD | Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction
$100 for the best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student.

HANNAH SMITH | Vandewater Poetry Award
$1,000 for the best poem or group of no more than three poems by a graduate student.

ANDREW SYDLIK | Muste Dissertation Prize (Honorable Mention)
John M. Muste (1927-2002) was a long-time member of the department. He worked in twentieth-century literature and culture and was a stalwart citizen of the department, serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair. Before retiring in 1986, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. Upon retiring, John and the College of Humanities established this fund which the department named in his honor.

PEYTON DEL TORO | Department of English Teaching Award for First-Year Writing
For demonstrated excellence in teaching First-Year Writing by an experienced graduate teaching assistant, based upon review of syllabi, assignment prompts, student evaluations and teaching philosophy.

PEYTON DEL TORO | English Graduate Human Rights Award
Established by the Department of English Human Rights Working Group in 2014, the English Graduate Human Rights Award is given to the best academic paper or multi-modal project produced in a Department of English graduate course or independent study in the past year. Submissions demonstrate a critical engagement with the literature, rhetoric, narrative, folklore, histories, laws and/or cultural practices of human rights.

PEYTON DEL TORO | Estrich Paper Prize
The Robert M. Estrich Fellowship Fund was established in 1990 by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University with gifts to The Ohio State University Development Fund from Alice E. Estrich, colleagues, friends and former students in memory of Robert M. Estrich (MA, English ‘29; PhD, English ‘35), Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University Department of English. Robert Estrich was chair of the Department of English from 1952 to 1964, during which he presided over the department’s enormous WWII growth. In both his brilliant hiring and his democratizing of internal governance, he was instrumental in transforming the department into both a model within the university and a national presence in the academic profession.

CLANCY TRIPP | Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Fiction
$600 for the best body of fiction by a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.


College & university awards

DANIEL BARNUM | Presidential Fellowship
This prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School, recognizes the scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Each fellowship provides financial support so the recipient may devote one full year to the completion of their work unimpeded by other duties.

ANDREW BISHOP | ENGIE-Axium Curricular Practical Training Scholarship
The ENGIE-Axium Curricular Practical Training Scholarship (EA-CPT) provides every year up to $5,000 (capped), to 18 graduate or professional students seeking to study or work in Sustainability as part of their graduate curriculum. EA-CPT awards are based on nominations of current graduate students by Ohio State graduate programs to their respective Colleges.

KATE HARTKE | ENGIE-Axium Curricular Practical Training Scholarship
The ENGIE-Axium Curricular Practical Training Scholarship (EA-CPT) provides every year up to $5,000 (capped), to 18 graduate or professional students seeking to study or work in Sustainability as part of their graduate curriculum. EA-CPT awards are based on nominations of current graduate students by Ohio State graduate programs to their respective Colleges.

AMELIA LAWSON | Billy Hill Scholarship
The Billy Hill Scholarship is awarded to a graduate or professional student who has illustrated a commitment to battle against illiteracy through prior extra‐curricular involvement and/or academic pursuits or is seeking a profession in the public service arena.

AMELIA LAWSON | Larry Williamson Service Award
The Larry Williamson Service Award is awarded biennially to an individual or organization recognized as an “Influencer of Change” for services provided to minority students through voluntary personal involvement that enriches and enhances the quality of student life at Ohio State.

KORTNEY MORROW | 2021-2022 Graduate Fellowship
The Global Arts + Humanities Graduate Fellows Program brings together a cohort of graduate students whose projects intersect with one or more of the GAHDT Focus Areas – providing students with an opportunity to gain cross-disciplinary mentorship while being embedded in a collaborative ecology. The program aims to give graduate students in the arts and humanities an essential toolkit of skills as they prepare to enter a newly evolving job market – one that is highly dependent on networks, technology and a collaborative ethos.

D'ARCEE NEAL | First Place Hayes Graduate Forum Humanities Division
The Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum showcases the innovative and exemplary research being conducted by Ohio State graduate students across the full range of graduate degree programs and facilitates fruitful exchanges between students, faculty, the administration and the public.

PREETI SINGH | 2021-2022 Graduate Fellowship
The Global Arts + Humanities Graduate Fellows Program brings together a cohort of graduate students whose projects intersect with one or more of the GAHDT Focus Areas – providing students with an opportunity to gain cross-disciplinary mentorship while being embedded in a collaborative ecology. The program aims to give graduate students in the arts and humanities an essential toolkit of skills as they prepare to enter a newly evolving job market – one that is highly dependent on networks, technology and a collaborative ethos.

JORDAN WOODWARD | Human Rights Past & Futures Society of Fellowship
This grants program enhances opportunities for graduate students (PhD and MFA) in the arts and humanities to advance their research and/or creative practice fostering cross-disciplinary inquiry in alignment with GAHDT’s Society of Fellows and its annual theme.

JORDAN WOODWARD | Writing Across the Curriculum 2021 Outstanding Writing Instruction Award
This annual award recognizes a Graduate Teaching Associate who teaches writing in an innovative fashion: helping students overcome learning challenges, connecting writing to significant disciplinary concepts and improving teaching based on assessment and feedback. 


National & international awards

YANAR HASHLAMON | Gerard A. Hauser Award
The Gerard A. Hauser Award is a national award that is presented to an outstanding graduate student paper at the biennial RSA conference to recognize the best essay by a graduate student delivered at the conference.

GAVIN JOHNSON | CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Dissertation Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship
The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Lavender Rhetorics Award is presented annually to four works (one book, one article or book chapter, one dissertation, and one nontraditional scholarly text) published within the past two years that best make queer interventions into the study of composition and rhetoric.

JACKIE KAUZA | CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award (Honorable Mention)
The CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee honors a graduate whose dissertation improves the educational process in composition studies, or adds to the field’s body of knowledge, through research or scholarly inquiry.

CLANCY TRIPP | Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction
The Iowa Review Awards are a writing contest in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.