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Graduate Student Essay Awards
The awards are comprised of both a Ph.D. level award and a separate master’s level award. Award winners receive a $250 prize, a certificate, and a complimentary year’s membership to the Association. Recipients are also offered the opportunity to present their winning essays during a session at the annual ChLA conference and to receive their awards during the awards banquet. If the winner attends the conference, a complimentary banquet ticket is also awarded, and conference registration is waived. A student may only win the Ph.D. level award or the Master's level award one time.
Please include both the faculty member’s and the student’s e-mail and street addresses and indicate if the student is a Ph.D. or Master’s level student in the cover letter only. Submissions will be forwarded from the ChLA office to the members of the ChLA Graduate Student Essay Awards Committee and read blind (without the accompanying cover letter).
Only two, whether MA or Ph.D., submissions per ChLA member will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is February 1, annually, for a paper written during the previous year.
2016 Graduate Student Essay Award Winners
Ph.D. level honor award: Mary Stephens for “Judy Blume’s Big Fat Problem: Bullying, Femininity, and Weight in Blubber,” sponsored by Eric Tribunella (University of Southern Mississippi).
Master’s level winner: Rebecca Leigh Rowe for “’But Mother, I’m a Man Now’: Adapting Childhood in the Musical and Film Versions of Into the Woods,” sponsored by Anne Phillips (Kansas State University).
Master’s level honor award: Sierra Hale for “Soldering Together Young Adult Science Fiction: Implicit and Explicit Racial Spaces in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles,” sponsored by Joe Sutliff Sanders (Kansas State University).
2015 Graduate Student Essay Award Winners
Master's level award: Meghan Radosevic for "Blood Money: The Commodification of Menstrual Education through American Girl's The Care and Keeping of You Series," sponsored by Ramona Caponegro (Eastern Michigan University)
Master's level honor award: Holly Batty for "Picturing Animality in Emily Hughes' Wild," sponsored by Jackie Stallcup (California State University, Northridge)
2014 Graduate Student Essay Award Winners
Master’s level award: Rachel Rickard for “Are You An Artist Like Me?!: Critical Reading and Reader Interaction within the Worlds of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries,” sponsored by Ramona Caponegro (Eastern Michigan University)
Master’s level honor award: Chelsea Bromley for “New Picture Book, Old Cinema: The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” sponsored by Annette Wannamaker (Eastern Michigan University)2013 Graduate Student Essay Award Winners
Ph.D. level award: Marilyn Bloss Koester for "Pygmalion Revisited: Aesthetics and Agency in Louisa May Alcott’s An Old-Fashioned Girl." Sponsored by Lorinda B. Cohoon (Memphis University)