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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. These award competitions are also announced in most English classes, usually early in the Spring semester.

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.

In addition to the awards listed above, members of the English department also collaborate to select students for the Outstanding English Student Award, The Friends of the Lovejoy Library Award for Outstanding Student Teacher of English, The Gertrude C. Drake Award for Excellence in Classical Languages, And the English Student Scholarship (sponsored by Mr. Patrick D. Hundley and the Department of English Language and Literature).

2018 Awardees

The William Carlin Slattery Memorial Award in Poetry or Drama:  Grant Deam

The Outstanding English Student Award (aka Benjamin Award):  Angela Senne

The Garry N. Murphy Memorial Award in English:  Miranda Klinger

The Mimi Zanger Memorial Award in Fiction:  Jeri Reuter (1st place); Grant Deam (2nd place); Caroline Cochonour and Que'rra Mason (honorable mentions)

The Dan Havens Award in American Literature:  No winner this year.

The A. Edwin Graham Memorial Award:  Matthew Sautman

The Friends of the Lovejoy Library Award for Outstanding Student Teacher of English:  Tyler Hopper

The Gertrude C. Drake Award for Excellence in Classical Languages:  No winner this year.

The Nicholas T. Joost Award for Graduate Thesis in American and English Literature:  Ahlam Jaber and Jessica Nemec (co-winners)

The English Student Scholarship Award:  Lydia Friz

The Schaefer Linguistics Award:  Laura Boville

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

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