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The English Department annually conducts a number of awards competitions, each of which recognizes excellence in a different aspect of literature or language studies. The winners, who also receive modest monetary stipends, are recognized at the Honors Day Convocation, held each year in April. Submissions are generally due on the first Friday of February; details will be announced as the submission date approaches!  Most awards include a cash prize and recognition on Honors Day.

A. Edwin Graham Memorial Award 

The award is given to scholarly papers in all concentrations written by SIUE English graduate students during the previous year.

Dan Havens Award in American Literature before 1914

The award is given to the best undergraduate scholarly paper written on any topic pertaining to American literature pre-1914 written during the previous year.

Garry N. Murphy Memorial Award in English

The award goes to that undergraduate who, in the judgment of the English  faculty, best exhibits precision in written English and subtlety and imagination in studies of language or literature, as demonstrated in an  essay written for an English class at SIUE, 200-level or above.

 Schaefer Linguistics Award

The Schaefer Award is awarded for the best academic paper on the topics of language, language learning, or language teaching submitted for consideration. All enrolled undergraduate and graduate SIUE students are eligible. The recipient will be chosen by a committee of TESL/Linguistics faculty.

The William Carlin Slattery Memorial Award in Poetry or Drama

This annual award recognizes excellence in poetry or drama by an SIUE undergraduate or graduate student.

The Mimi Zanger Memorial Award

The Zanger prize is awarded for the best short story submitted for consideration. The recipient will be chosen by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature. All enrolled undergraduate and graduate SIUE students are eligible

2017 Awardees

The William Carlin Slattery Memorial Award in Poetry or Drama:  Jessica Freeman (winner); Mario Lucio (honorable mention)

The Outstanding English Student Award (aka Benjamin Award):  Meagan Gunn

The Garry N. Murphy Memorial Award in English:  Cody Devoto

The Mimi Zanger Memorial Award in Fiction:  Justy Rothe (winner); Zachary McGeehon (honorable mention)

The Dan Havens Award in American Literature:  Robin Cummins

The A. Edwin Graham Memorial Award:  Matthew Sautman

The Friends of the Lovejoy Library Award for Outstanding Student Teacher of English:  Rebecca Glass

The Gertrude C. Drake Award for Excellence in Classical Languages:  Chase Tiffany

The Nicholas T. Joost Award for Graduate Thesis in American and English Literature:  Grace Matthews

The English Student Scholarship Award:  Jim Gillentine

The Schaefer Linguistics Award:  Mariel Schroeder

2014-2015 Winners

The William Carlin Slattery Memorial Award in Poetry or Drama

This contest encourages creative and original endeavors by recognizing outstanding work in poetry or drama written by an SIUE undergraduate or graduate student.

Winner: Jacob Nantz; Honorable Mention: Rosalie James

The Outstanding English Student Award

This award is given to an outstanding English student.
Winner: Grace Matthews

The Garry N. Murphy Memorial Award in English

This award goes to that undergraduate English major or minor who, in the judgment of the English faculty, best exhibits precision in written English and subtlety and imagination in studies of language or literature.

Winner: Aaron Dell

The Mimi Zanger Memorial Award in Fiction

This recognizes outstanding fiction by an SIUE undergraduate or graduate student.

Winners: Stephen Mruzik & Jennifer Roberts
Honorable Mention: Zach McGeehon

The Dan Havens Award in American Literature

This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate writing in the field of American Literature before 1914.

Winner: not awarded

A. Edwin Graham Memorial Award

The award is presented to an SIUE graduate student for precision in written English and subtlety and imagination in graduate studies of language or literature.

Winner: Heather Asbeck

Friends of Lovejoy Library Student Teaching Award

This award is given in recognition of excellence in student teaching in English.

Winner: Chelsea Akin Crockett 

The Gertrude Drake Award

Presented for academic excellence in the study of Latin or Greek.

Winners: Julie Burdick, Mason Friesner, & Kimberlyn Holcomb

The Nicholas T. Joost Memorial Award

Named after a long-time member of the SIUE English Department and the founding editor of PLL: Papers on Language & Literature, this award competition is open to open to graduate students enrolled in the Department of English Language and Literature with a specialization in American and English Literature or who have completed degree requirements within the last three semesters who choose the thesis or three-paper plan option. Selection is based on the quality of the thesis submitted by the applicant, or in the case of a student who chooses the three-paper plan, the quality of all three papers submitted.

Winner: not awarded

English Student Scholarship

Sponsored by Mr. Patrick D. Hundley and the Department of English Language and Literature.

Winner: not awarded



These award competitions are announced in most English classes, usually early in the Spring semester; for more information, contact the Department of English.
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