Department of English Honors and Awards


The KU English Department recognizes the following undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Where more there is more than one recipient, individuals are listed alphabetically by surname unless otherwise specified.

View our 2020-2021 department yearbook here.




GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS

 

THE DR. ANNE MARIE TURNER AWARD

Recipient: Sharon Mugg

The Department of English provides a single annual award to a graduate student in English at the University of Kansas who has done outstanding research in the field of American literature as demonstrated by a project of publishable quality. The project might be a research paper written for a course, an MA thesis, a doctoral dissertation chapter, or a scholarly article; must concern American literature; and must be of publishable quality. Candidates must be nominated by a professor in the Department of English.

 

JAMES A. GOWEN MEMORIAL AWARD

Recipient: Brynn Fitzsimmons

The English department provides a single annual award to a graduate student who has demonstrated, in a significant way a serious concern for, and achievement in, rhetoric, composition studies, or the English Language. Applicants were considered on the basis of outstanding or unusual activity in one or more of the following areas: innovative approaches to the teaching of writing; attendance at professional conferences; publication record; thesis or dissertation content and quality.

 

THE KENNETH ROCKWELL AWARD

Recipients: 1st Prize-- Arnab Chakraborty, 2nd Prize-- Lisa Favicchia and Sharon Mugg (tie)

For excellence in the study of literature based upon the submission of one critical essay and a Degree Progress Report. 

 

THE RAMESH THIPPAVAJJALA MEMORIAL AWARD

Recipient: Arnab Chakraborty

For international graduate students in the department of English. Named in honor of Dr. Ramesh Thippavajjala, award-winning teacher and scholar, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and is the father of former KU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Neeli Bendapudi, this award is given to an international graduate student in the Department of English who has demonstrated excellence in the fields of literature or creative writing or language, rhetoric and composition.

 

THE WILLIAM ALBRECHT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Recipient: Divya Bhalla

For a significant research project based upon a research proposal. Recipient must be a graduate student enrolled in English at the University of Kansas and returning to KU for at least one more semester of study.

 


ENGLISH DEPARTMENT TEACHING AWARDS

 

OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR AWARD

Recipients: Amy Billings, Kristin Emanuel, Marcus Hoehne, and Faith Scheidemantle

The Department of English at the University of Kansas recognizes Graduate Teaching Assistants or Lecturers who have distinguished themselves by the quality of their teaching.

 

THE FRANCES L. STIEFEL TEACHING PROFESSORSHIP

Recipients: Giselle Anatol and Laura Mielke

 

THE MABEL S. FRY AWARD

Recipient: Phillip Drake

For excellence in teaching based upon nominations by undergraduate and graduate students of the department.

 

THE SELDEN LINCOLN WHITCOMB FELLOWSHIP

Recipients: Marcus Hoehne and Ayah Wakkad

For excellence in scholastic research and promise in the field of teaching based upon a short personal statement, one critical essay, and evidence of exemplary classroom teaching. 

 

STEPHEN F. EVANS AWARD

Recipients: Susan Duba, Emma Kostopolus, and Faith Scheidemantle

For excellence in course development. The Department of English at the University of Kansas recognizes Graduate Teaching Assistants or Lecturers who have distinguished themselves by the quality of their course design and development.

 


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS

 

THE HELEN RHODA HOOPES AWARD

Recipients: 1st Prize-- Kai Hanson, Michaela Harding, Marley Hays, Aroog Khaliq, Faith Maddox, Sophia Mager, and Elaine C. Pope. 2nd Prize-- Helene Bechtel, Grace Burland, Claire Devolder, Elizabeth Grinage, Maha Kyasa, and Samiya Rasheed.

For the best essays submitted in fulfillment of a regular class assignment by undergraduate women.

 

ILUS W. DAVIS/HENRY MATTHEW WEIDNER AWARD

Recipients: 1st Prize-- Kyle Kobe, Darian Martin, and Paddy Qiu. 2nd Prize-- Collin Dodd and Josh Rubino.

Open to students who are undergraduate men. For the best essays submitted in fulfillment of a regular class assignment by undergraduate men. 

 

KENNETH ROCKWELL AWARD for excellence in the study of literature

Recipient: Avital Hecker

For the best essay submitted in fulfillment of a regular class assignment. 

 


ENGLISH DEPARTMENT WRITING AWARDS

 

THE WILLIAM HERBERT CARRUTH MEMORIAL POETRY CONTEST

Recipients: 1st Prize-- Paddy Qiu. 2nd Prize-- Sophia Coen, Maha Kyasa, Faith Maddox, and Ellyn Mayo. Honorable Mentions-- Claire Devolder and Samiya Rasheed

For undergraduate students based upon the submission of one to three poems.

 

THE HENRY MATTHEW WEIDNER CREATIVE WRITING AWARD 

Recipients: Poetry, 1st Prize-- Lisa Favicchia. Honorable Mention-- Jason Baltazar. Fiction, 1st Prize-- Brendan Williams-Childs. 2nd Prize-- Kit Auner. 3rd Prize-- Kyle Teller 

For the best portfolio of work by a graduate student.

 

THE EDNA OSBORNE WHITCOMB AWARD

Recipient: Avital Hecker

For a junior or senior woman majoring in English.

 

THE EDGAR WOLFE AWARD IN FICTION

Recipients: 1st Prize-- Tricia Drumm. 2nd Prize-- Helene Bechtel. 3rd Prize-- Freeman Spray and Andrew Windish (tie). 4th Prize-- Calen Henry and Samiya Rasheed (tie)

For best short story by an undergraduate.

 

THE C.L. CLARK WRITING AWARD

Recipients: Undergraduate, 1st Prize-- Paddy Qiu and Lily Swanson (tie). Graduate, 1st Prize-- Jason Baltazar. 1st Runner-up-- Brendan Williams-Childs

For a piece of fiction that tackles themes of power or inequality.

 

THE THOMAS J. O’DONNELL AWARD IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

Recipients: Undergraduate, 1st Prize-- Sophia Blue Coen. 2nd Prize-- Aroog Khaliq. 3rd Prize-- Brad Mathewson. 4th Prize-- Darian Martin. 5th Prize-- Grace Cooper

 

THE MAXWELL NATURE WRITING CONTEST

Recipients: Undergraduate - Nature Essay, 1st Prize-- Sophia Blue Coen. 2nd Prize-- Andrew Windish. 3rd Prize-- Ginny Hannahan. 4th Prize-- Margarita Madu. Graduate - Nature Essay, 1st Prize-- Kyle Teller. 2nd Prize-- Lydia Epp Schmidt. Nature-themed story, 1st Prize-- Lily Swanson. 2nd Prize-- Mahala Higginbotham. 3rd Prize-- Brynna Darley and Joshua Rubino

For the best nature essay or nature-themed story.

 

THE JOHN F. EBERHARDT EXCELLENCE IN WRITING AWARD

Recipients: Ginny Hannahan and Paddy Qiu

For English double majors or English minors.

 

THE JAMES E. GUNN AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION WRITING for best story

Recipients: Kit Auner, Aidan Boyle, Samiya Rasheed, Gillian Schawo, Lily Swanson, and Brendan Williams-Child

For graduate and undergraduate students based on the submission of a science fiction story written in a KU English class. http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/Gunn-award.htm

 

FIRST- AND SECOND-YEAR ENGLISH AWARDS

Recipients: Bisma Anis, Mallory Folson, Ginny Hannahan, Mahala Grace Higginbotham, and Carrington Jones-Jackson

The Department of English recognizes excellence in writing for papers written in fulfillment of assignments in English 101-102, English 203, and English 209-211 courses. 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS IN SCIENCE FICTION

Open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, who are studying SF at KU. Preference will be given to Kansans, but all applications are welcome.
Direct questions to Chris McKitterick, (cmckit@ku.edu).

Provide the following: your name, address, resident status, graduate or undergraduate status, and your undergraduate major or graduate field; a short essay on how you would use and benefit from a scholar- ship in the study of science fiction or the writing of science fiction. If not enough entries are received, decisions postponed until Fall. http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/SF-Scholarship.htm