Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper - Previous Recipients

2020

Undergraduate 

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"

Graduate

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

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

2019

Noreen Sit (Yale University CT), Starring Messalina as Maenad

Runners-Up:
Jenna Rice (University of Missouri), Dogs of War?: Reevaluating Dogs in Greek Warfare
Rebecca Moorman (University of Wisconsin--Madison), Lying Eyes? Autopsy, Credibility, and the Senses in Apuleius, Met. 1.4

2018

Grace H. P. Funsten (University of Washington), A Learned Dog: Roman Elegy and the Epitaph for Margarita

Runners-Up: 
Isabella Reinhardt (University of Pennsylvania), Sound in Ennius' Annales
Brian D. McPhee (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Weird Pathos: Stesichorus’ Geryoneis and the Sympathetic Monsters of Apollonius’ Argonautica

2017

Ursula M. Poole (Columbia University) The Winter of Discontent: Climate and Interiority in the Exilic Poems
Sarah C. Teets (University of Virginia) The Counterfeit Rhetor: Class in Demosthenes’ Characterization of Aeschines’ Use of Oral and Written Communication in the De Corona.

2016

Katherine De Boer Simons (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill) "Blaming Helen: Inconsistency in Aeneid 6 and Odyssey 24"

2015

Winner

Julia Mebane (University of Chicago), Fighting over Rome’s Corpus: Competing Metaphors of the Body Politic in the Catilinarian Conspiracy

Honorable Mention

Jenna R. Rice (University of Missouri), Why Was Alexander's Indian Campaign So Bloody?

2014

Winners

Scott A. Barnard (Rutgers University), "On the Authorship of the Strasbourg Epodes: Archilochus, Hipponax, or Both?”
Reina E. Callier (University of Colorado Boulder), "Carmentis and the Carpenta: Testing Poetic and Political Boundaries in Fasti 1.617-636”

2013

Winners

Giulio Celotto (Florida State University), "Agathon's 'Ilioupersis' in Aristophanes' Thesmorphoriazusae"
Mitchell R. Pentzer (University of Colorado at Boulder), "Horace-ing Around with Martial 10.68."

2012

Winner

Joshua M. Smith (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Horace Odes 2.7 and the Literary Tradition (?) of Rhipsaspia

Honorable Mention

Michael S. Holstead (Indiana University, Bloomington), "The Divine Arming of Achilles"

2011

Winner

Jason S. Nethercut (University of Pennsylvania)  "Generic Multiplicity in the Proem to the Aeneid."

Honorable Mention

Kerry Lefebvre (University of Wisconsin, Madison) "From Field to Fold: Mixed Metaphors in Moschus' Europa"
T. George Hendren (University of Florida)  "Woven Alliteration in Lucretius' De Rerum Natura."

2010

Winner

Patrick G. Lake (Fordham University) "Plato's Quarrel with Homer's 'Divine Bard': Implied Censorship in Republic 389d2-3 & 390a10-b2."

Second Prize

Hunter L. Nielsen (University of Arizona)  "Civitas Terrena et Civitas Dei: Orosius and Augustine on Temporal Power, Roman Society, and Divine Will."

Honorable Mention

Elizabeth M. Greene (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) "Roman Military Wives in Latin Epigraphy" 
Daniel J. Griffin (Duke University) "Ovid's Vertumnus and the Elegiac Fantasy."

2009

Winner

T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) "From the homosocial to the heterosocial: Societal development in Argonautica 4."

Honorable Mention

Emily Kratzer (University of California, Los Angeles) "ἄνω κάτω: spatial metaphor in Euripides' Herakles and the duality of the hero"
Alexander E. Hall (University of Wisconsin, Madison) "'Shades of Sappho: Melic Allusion in Aeneid 6.450-475."

2008

Winner

Lynne A. Kvapil (University of Cincinnati) "Contolling the Countryside: Defining the Territory of Mycenae"

Honorable Mention

Charlie R. Harper (Florida State University)  "The Beast Within: Lucan's Lion (1.205ff.) and his Achillean Caesar"
C. Michael Sampson (University of Michigan) "The themist's of Zeus (Od. 16.400-5)"
Aaron W. Wenzel of The Ohio State University) "Beneficia in Cicero's De Officiis and Philippic II"

2007

Winner

Johanna Hobratschk (Washington University, St. Louis)  "Apulian Vase-Painting in Context: A Reconsideration of Dramatic Scenes" 
Aaron M. Seider (University of Chicago) for"'Vergil's Sixth Eclogue and Creative Freedom"

Honorable Mention

Andrew T. Alwine (University of Florida) "The Non-Homeric Side of the Homeric Cyclops"

2006

Winner

John H. Henkel (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) "Provocative Enjambment in Vergil's Aeneid"

2005

Winner

Chad Matthew Schroeder (University of Michigan)  "New Inscriptions on Old Shells: Hellenistic Epigram and a New Kingdom Inscribed Fossil from Heliopolis."

Honorable Mention

Laura Van Abbema (University of Wisconsin: Madison) "Odi / hanc ego quae ... : Juvenal's Voice and the Problematic Persona"
Gerol C. Petruzella (SUNY Buffalo) "The Proper Limits of Philosophy: A Defense of Callicles"
Cami Slotkin (Tulane University) "Absence of Miasma as Proof of Innocence in Antiphon 5"

2004

Winner

Christopher Lovell (University of Texas-Austin) "Aggressive Xenia : Bronze for Gold in Iliad 6"

Honorable Mention

Chad Matthew Schroeder (University of Michigan)  "Ascraeus Vergilius : Some Unobserved Instances of Intertexuality"

2003

Winner

Mark Nugent (University of Washington) "Moralizing Loss: Dio Chrysostom and the Rhetoric of Decline"

2002

Winner

Peter Anderson (University of Cincinnati)  "Martial's Ideal Reader: Epigrammaton 1. praef and Moral Men"

2001

Winner

Karin Halvorsen (University of Arizona) "Masters of Metal: The Influence of Macedonian Metal Vases on Ceramics"

2000

Winner

Julie Langford-Johnson (Indiana University, Bloomington) "Brothels, Booze, and Back Allies? Reexamining the Moral Topography of Pompeii."

1999

Winner

Chad Turner (Loyola University of Chicago) "Tegeans vs. Athenians, Herodotus vs. Plutarch: Reassessing the Historicity of Aristides 12"

1998

Winner

Lisa A. Hughes (Indiana University)"The Amiternum Reliefs: A Re-Evaluation of the Role of Freedmen Outside of Rome"

1997

Winner

James Whelton (Loyola University of Chicago) "Sexual Fidelity of Female Slaves and the Stability of the Oikos in Homer's Odyssey."

1996

Winner

Hugh Cayless (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)  "Ovid and Augustus Tonans."