Awards and Prizes
Professor George P. Cuttino was a distinguished medieval historian in the Department of History for 32 years. In 1982 he provided a gift to the university to establish a scholarship endowment fund to aid history undergraduate students conducting research in overseas libraries. The George P. Cuttino Scholarship for Independent Study Abroad was established in 1985 and commemorates Professor Cuttino’s commitment to undergraduate teaching in the Department of History. In 1997, Professor Cuttino’s estate opened the Scholarship to graduate student applicants, though the priority remains to support undergraduate research.
The Cuttino Scholarship is offered annually, privileging rising senior history majors or joint majors in Emory College. As long as funds permit, however, graduate students in their first or second years may also apply for up to $5,000 of support for summer research abroad.
In years when a Cuttino Scholarship for graduate students is available, the Director of Graduate Studies will issue a notice and a deadline for submission of Cuttino Scholarship applications. Applicants must submit a proposal -- not more than 2,000 words or 3 double-spaced pages -- as to how they plan to utilize the scholarship if awarded. The proposal should describe the nature and value of the proposed research topic and include a precise research plan, itinerary, and anticipated budget (airfare, lodging, tuition, etc.). Students also need to ask a faculty member familiar with their work to submit a letter of recommendation.
The Cuttino Scholarship recipients from the two groups of students are selected by the Department of History Undergraduate Committee and Graduate Committee, respectively.
- 2000-01: Walter Roberts
- 1999-00: Tracey Billado, Cynthia Johnson, Walter Roberts
The Ross H. and May B. McLean Prize is awarded annually to the first-year student in history who achieved the most distinguished record for the previous year.
- 2016-17: Mary Grace Gibbs-DuPree, Timothy Romans
- 2015-16: Julia López Fuentes
- 2014-15: Cassandra Casias
- 2013-14: Andrew Britt
- 2012-13: Kelly Basner, Carrie Crawford
- 2011-12: Scott Lisbon
- 2010-11: Corey Goettsch, Sean Wempe
- 2009-10: Debjani Bhattacharyya, Aditya Deo
Each fall the Department selects a recipient for the Francis S. Benjamin Prize, awarded for the best paper written by a graduate student during their first two years in the History Department. The submitted paper must be written in a graduate course taken in the previous year. Submissions are made by students, rising second years and rising third years, with one submission per year allowed. Papers ought to be of a length, quality, and form suitable for publication as an article in a scholarly journal. Essays submitted for publication but not yet published are eligible. No restriction is made on the time spent on research and writing. Papers written for a course and subsequently revised or expanded are acceptable.
- 2016-17: Jennifer Morgan
- 2015-16: Audrey Henderson, Julia López Fuentes
- 2014-15: Stefanie Krull
- 2013-14: Andrew Zonderman
- 2012-13: Kelly Basner
- 2011-12: Sean Wempe, Collin Reynolds
- 2010-11: Corey Goettsch, Craig Perry
- 2009-10: Craig Perry, Rebecca Sherman