Department Paper and Dissertation Prizes

For English Graduate Students
Spring 2015 through Autumn 2015
Deadline for submissions: February 29, 2016, excepting Digital Media Awards, due March 11, 2016

Recipients of the paper and dissertation prizes are recognized during the Department of English's annual awards ceremony in April. If you have questions about any of the prize opportunities, please contact graduateenglish@osu.edu.


The Muste Award for the best dissertation of the past year

To nominate a dissertation for the Muste Award, the director of the dissertation needs submit a letter of nomination to the graduate studies office. The student needs to fill out the form found here and submit an electronic copy of the dissertation to the graduate studies office


The Sacks Award for the best graduate paper in Narrative Studies

The Sacks Award is given to the best paper in narrative studies written in the past year. For the purposes of the award, narrative studies is defined broadly: interpretations of novels, films, autobiographies, biographies, oral narratives or other narrative texts are eligible; and so are essays in literary history and narrative theory. The award is open to essays employing any critical or theoretical approach, including narrative criticism. However, it should not be given to works of creative nonfiction or to short stories. Professors nominate the paper and the student is responsible for filling out the form found here and submitting an electronic copy of the paper to the graduate studies office. The student should include a cover sheet with the professor’s name, the student’s name, the paper title, and the course for which the paper was written. The paper itself should not identify the writer, the professor, or the course (it can include the title).


The Estrich Award for the best graduate seminar paper

Professors nominate the paper and the student is responsible for filling out the form found here and submitting an electronic copy of the paper to the graduate studies office. The student should include a cover sheet with the professor’s name, the student’s name, the paper title, and the course for which the paper was written. The paper itself should not identify the writer, the professor, or the course (it can include the title).


Human Rights Award for the best graduate academic paper or multi-modal project

The Human Rights Award is given to the best academic paper or multi-modal project produced in an English Department graduate course 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. The award is open to projects that employ any critical or theoretical approach. The student is responsible for filling out the form found here and submitting an electronic copy of the paper or providing a web-address for the multi-modal project to the graduate studies office. The student should include a cover sheet with the professor’s name, the student’s name, the paper title, and the course for which the paper was written. The paper itself should not identify the writer, the professor, or the course (it can include the title).


Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work

The Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work recognizes outstanding digital media work completed by graduate students in the Department of English. This work could have been developed in a seminar or as a part of the student’s research or creative work. Students should nominate themselves for the Prize (instructors should feel free to encourage student nominations).  A nomination for the Prize should include:

  • A project submitted in a deliverable digital format (e.g., .jpg, .mp3, .mov, .html, .swf, URL, etc.).
  • A one-page cover letter explaining the context for the project (e.g., audience, occasion, etc.) and, in the case of scholarship on digital media, explaining the contribution of the submission to our understanding of digital media.

Eligible work must have been produced in the Department of English from Spring 2015 through Spring Semester 2016.  All work submitted must meet at least one of the following criteria:  

  • Must be constructed from original materials;
  • Must be constructed from materials for which permission has been granted;
  • Must be constructed from materials that were used appropriately according to Creative Commons or similar licensing;
  • Must be constructed from materials found in the public domain;
  • Must be a clearly defined parody of an already existing text;  
  • Must be constructed from a combination of the above materials.
  • Note: Any use of material created by others must explicitly acknowledge the source of the materials and conditions of its use (e.g., permission, license, fair use, or public domain) in a manner appropriate to the medium (e.g., spoken credits at the end of an audio piece, on-screen credits at the end of a video piece).

All submissions are due on or before noon on Friday, March 11, 2016. Work can be submitted by email to dmphelp@osu.edu or in person at the DMP in Denney Hall 324.
 


Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media & English Studies Instruction

The Eric Walborn Award, established in memory of Eric Walborn, Coordinator of the Digital Media Project (formerly Computers in Composition and Literature/CCL) from 1987 to 1993, recognizes excellence and innovation in computer supported teaching and/or the development of digital media instructional materials in any area of English studies. The Walborn Award, given annually to a graduate student in the Department of English, consists of a cash award and recognition at the English Department's annual awards ceremony.  We encourage submission of course materials—syllabi, assignments, class activities—and new course proposals; materials and proposals that encourage student digital media production are especially welcome.  

Eligibility:  Any graduate student in the Department of English who has developed digital media instructional materials during the current academic year (Spring 2015 through Spring Semester 2016) is eligible.

Nominations:  Teachers interested in nominating themselves should submit the following in support of their nomination:

  1. Appropriate course materials:  syllabi, copies of assignments/activities, course proposals.
  2. A one page description of the assignments or activities, including an explanation of the context for the assignment or activity and an explanation of how the technology supports the pedagogical aims of the assignment or activity.
  3. If applicable, examples of students work (optional).

NOTE:  If course materials are online, you may submit a URL with specific instructions describing where to find the materials.  Course websites must not be password protected.  If your submission includes innovative ways in which you have used features of Carmen (not just the materials contained within), please note that.  We will request that you give the judges access to your Carmen class.  

Judging:  A Walborn Award Selection Committee of graduate faculty will be convened to screen the submissions and determine the winner of the award.

All submissions are due on or before noon on Friday, March 11, 2016. Work can be submitted by email to dmphelp@osu.edu or in person at the DMP in Denney Hall 324.
 
 

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