The CMCL Lecture and Colloquium Committee announces the opening of nominations for the two CMCL Gunderson awards from the last calendar year (Spring 2011-Fall 2011).
The Gunderson Awards are the top CMCL graduate student awards. We strongly encourage faculty to acknowledge your students’ achievements by nominating the best paper written in your graduate seminar(s) in 2011 for the Virginia Gunderson award. We also strongly encourage graduate students to nominate your best seminar paper from 2011 for the Robert Gunderson award if it meets the criteria given below.
The Virginia Gunderson Award is a faculty-nominated award for the best paper written in a CMCL graduate seminar in the past year. Beyond the recognition for the student’s achievement, a $1,000 award is granted. The winner of this award also will be expected to present her/his paper at the first CMCL colloquium in the Fall semester. [Note: AMST also has a Virginia Gunderson Award; these are two different awards. This call is only for the CMCL one, which is judged separately.]
The Robert G. Gunderson Award is a self-nominated student award for a paper that was written for a CMCL graduate seminar; the student may or may not be a CMCL major. Beyond the recognition of outstanding graduate student work, a small honorarium is granted to the winner. The criteria used to judge this award will be: originality of its risky and interdisciplinary contribution to the study of public culture, as well as quality of writing and research overall.
Please, be aware also of the award rules:
* Students can only win one of these two awards per year;
* No student can win the same award two consecutive years (in 2011 Mack Hagood won the Virginia Gunderson award and Chris Gilbert won the Robert Gunderson award).
* one paper cannot be submitted for both awards. On this last point, if a faculty member nominates a student for the Virginia Gunderson award, the Lecture & Colloquium Committee will automatically withdraw the paper from the Robert Gunderson Award voting process.
For faculty: Please take a moment to think of the best paper written for your graduate seminar(s) in 2011, and if you consider it to be award-winning, advise the student to submit it for the Virginia Gunderson award by April 4th. That’s all you need to do – no letter, no report, only kudos. If your nominee wins you’ll be asked to present the award on April 27th, and to introduce the winner’s presentation to the department colloquium at the start of the fall semester.
For students: Submit three hard copies of the seminar paper to Prof. Simons' mailbox with a separate title sheet including:
(1) the name of the desired award on it;
(2) the name of the student; and
(3) the name of the Professor who is nominating the paper and/or the Professor who taught the graduate seminar for which it was written.
There should be no identifying markers on the paper itself; these awards are judged anonymously. You should submit the paper as it was when you submitted it for your seminar assignment, rather than a version you may have been working on since then.
Deadline: Wednesday, April 4th, 5pm.
This year’s L & C committee faculty members are Karen Bowdre, Phaedra Pezzullo, and Jon Simons.