The Department of Archaeology and Art History is pleased to announce the 2011 Shirley J. Schwarz Prize for the best undergraduate research paper on an art historical topic. The winner will receive a $250 cash prize.
Papers entered need not have been written for an art history class or a class in any particular discipline. They must, however, address an issue related to the history of visual art or the impact of visual art on society. Papers from disciplines such as art history, history, archaeology, art, visual communications, and other areas may qualify, depending on the subject matter. The award is intended to support undergraduate research in the history of art, and so entries must include formal documentation in the form of footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical notes, along with a bibliography of sources consulted. Undocumented essay-type assignments should not be submitted. A faculty jury will evaluate papers submitted. Entries will be judged on the basis of the quality of research evident, critical analysis, proper documentation, and clarity.
Students should submit one complete copy of their paper. Entrants' names should not appear anywhere within the body of the paper. Each submission must have a SEPARATE title page indicating the title of the paper, student's full name, campus address, and phone number.
In order for the competition to be fair, students should not ask or expect faculty to critique or proofread entries for them. They certainly may (and should) respond to any comments, suggestions, or corrections made on the original assignment, if it derives from a paper submitted for a class.
The deadline for submissions is April 29, 2011; the winner will be announced in May. Please submit entries to the administrative assistant of the Archaeology/Art History Department, Kimberly Higgins, in Olmsted Hall, Room 350.