Presidential Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Papers

Presidential Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Papers are given at the Annual Meeting. Eligible are undergraduate and graduate students whose papers are accepted on the program and who will not have received their Ph.D. by the time the paper is read. The full text of the oral talk is submitted in advance of the meeting and an ad hoc committee selects the winner. The award (for each undergraduate student $100 plus a one-year membership in CAMWS, for each graduate student $200 plus a one-year membership in the Society for Classical Studies) is presented at the annual business meeting.

There are two criteria for evaluation: (1) the quality of the scholarly argument, including the importance of the topic, the originality of the treatment, and demonstrated familiarity with scholarship; (2) indication of an effective oral presentation, based on the quality of the writing, overall organization, and interest to an audience. Any undergraduate or graduate student whose abstract has been accepted by the program committee may submit a complete text of the paper for consideration for this award.

The paper submitted for this award should be in the form actually to be delivered at the meeting (not a longer seminar paper on which the CAMWS paper is based). The paper should include a cover page with the following information: title of the paper, name of undergraduate or graduate student, academic affiliation, and email address. Please do not submit a handout or include footnotes. All quotations should be included in the body of the paper and a bibliography provided at the end.

Those wishing to be considered for this award at the upcoming CAMWS meeting should submit their completed paper electronically to the CAMWS President at by  February 15.

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2020 Undergraduate Winners

Helen Ruger (Columbia University, NY), "Graceful Giving: The Role of the Female in Seneca's De Beneficiis"

Honorable Mention:
Tiffany Nguyen (Trinity University), "The Performative Rhetoric of Horace in the Odes"

2020 Graduate Winners

Marko Vitas (Brown University, RI), "Name Replacement as a Stylistic Device in Pindar's Epinician Odes"

Honorable Mentions:
Ximing Lu (University of Wiscons-Madison), "Cicero's Athenian Days: Intellectual Rivalry through Study Abroad"
Eva Carrara (Florida State University), "Cato as Exemplary Historian in Against Verres"

Previous Winners