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Graduate Awards

Deadlines: March 2, 2018

Each academic year, the department offers a number of awards to graduate students for outstanding teaching and scholarly work. Awards usually include a modest monetary sum and are presented to the award winners at the annual department awards ceremony near the end of the spring term.

Nominations are currently being accepted.

Possible awards include the following:

Teaching Awards

Award Eligibility
Joseph Bentley Teaching Fellowship Teacher of any English course(s) at USF or through USF program within academic year selected
Estelle J. Zbar Award for Teaching & Academic Excellence in English Master's students only: teacher of Freshman Composition within academic year selected

Criteria for Teaching Awards (not in order of priority):

  1. Effectiveness of classroom presentation
  2. Rapport & interaction with students in the classroom
  3. Depth of knowledge of subject matter
  4. Quality of response to student assignments and exams
  5. Quality of assignments and rigor of grading standards
  6. A minimum of 33% return on student evaluations

Scholarship & Overall Performance Awards

Award Eligibility
Irving H. Rubin and Mollie M. Rubin Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Master's or Doctoral students
Areas of consideration (not all required and not in priority order):
  1. Overall GPA
  2. Scholarly production (papers, conference presentations, etc.)
  3. Service to Department (not necessarily teaching)
  4. Service to the Profession
Alice Hearne Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Candidate Doctoral candidates with approved prospectus
(not in priority order)
  1. Performance on the Ph.D. qualifying exam
  2. Doctoral GPA
  3. Scholarly production
  4. Quality of dissertation prospectus
Carolyn L. Cooley Graduate Award in American Literature Doctoral students; literature track only
  1. Prospectus if available
  2. One writing sample (in addition to prospectus)
  3. Scholarly record (GPA, publications, conference papers)
Jack B. Moore Memorial Scholarship
  • Master's or Doctoral students
  • For work in American literature, with emphasis on American culture (published or unpublished
Irving Deer Memorial Scholarship
  • Master's or Doctoral students
  • Literature track only
  • For theoretically-oriented work in literary and cultural studies (published or unpublished)
John and Dorothy Iorio Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Master's or Doctoral students
  • Literature track only
  • Outstanding academic record

Nomination and Submission Process

To be considered for any of the above awards during the nomination period, you must be nominated by a faculty member, a fellow graduate student, or you may nominate yourself. You may access the online nomination form here.

All students who are nominated and wish to be considered for an award must e-mail a PDF portfolio to the Graduate Program Specialist by 4pm on March 2, 2018. Portfolios received after the deadline not be considered. A checklist with criteria for the portfolio may be downloaded here.

The requirements for the portfolio are as follows:

  • Submit all portfolio documents in ONE pdf file with the documents in the order designated below.
  • E-mail your PDF portfolio to the Graduate Program Specialist.
  • Mark documents clearly in the following order:

All nominees:

  1. Nomination form
  2. Curriculum vitae—must use format of sample vitae; list accomplishments in chronological order with most recent first

  3. For teaching award nominees:

  4. Teaching statement (2-page. maximum) to include (a) description of teaching philosophy and methods, and (b) self-evaluation of teaching strengths and weaknesses
  5. List of all courses taught at USF (1-2 pages) with terms, years, and enrollment numbers of students
  6. 2-3 sample syllabi (aside from the standard first-year composition course syllabus; you may include self-authored syllabi)
  7. Student evaluations* from the immediate last 2 semesters (fall and spring; or if that is not available, the most recent 2 semesters); include numeric evaluations and student comments for all courses taught in those past 2 semesters
  8. Print-out of your Canvas final grade submissions for the courses you taught in the past 2 semesters
  9. Report/s of teaching mentors / class visitations (2-3; helpful if these reports correspond to the teaching evaluations)
  10. * Submit a copy request to the Department specifying which courses and which semesters you need, and the copies will be placed in your mailbox.

    For research award nominees:

  11. Writing sample: 1 single-authored sample of approximately 25 pages. A sample may include a published article, submitted article under review, work in progress, conference paper, course research paper (with a Works Cited), or thesis/dissertation chapter. Published book reviews and published notes may be considered.
  12. Dissertation prospectus approved by nominee's dissertation committee (required for Hearne Award; possible for Cooley Award)



Creative Writing Awards

Each academic year the Department of English holds creative writing contests in the areas of fiction, poetry, and science fiction. The contests are open to all enrolled USF students in any major and level (with one exception, see Thomas E. Sanders Scholarship below). Awards usually include a modest monetary sum and are presented to the award winners at the annual department awards ceremony near the end of the spring term.

The deadline for the USF 2017 Creative Writing Awards is Friday, February 23, 2018.

Possible awards include the following:

Award Contest Rules
Anspaugh Fiction Award
  1. All registered students at the University of South Florida are eligible.
  2. The work submitted must be previously unpublished prose fiction.
  3. Maximum length per entry: 5,000 words
  4. Each contestant may submit one entry.
  5. Each contestant must submit two typed, double-spaced copies of the manuscript. Be sure to retain a copy for yourself. No manuscripts will be returned.
  6. To conceal the author’s identity, each writer shall use a pen name. The author’s actual name, pen name, local address, USF ID number, and telephone number must be placed in a sealed envelope accompanying the submission. Mark the envelope USF FICTION AWARD. Do not place your social security number anywhere on the submission.
  7. Manuscripts must be submitted to the receptionist of the English Department (CPR 358) on or before February 23, 2018.
  8. Winners will be announced in April.
Anspaugh Science Fiction Contest
  1. All registered students at the University of South Florida are eligible to compete.
  2. The work submitted must be previously unpublished prose fiction (short stories or novellas).
  3. Maximum length per entry: 5,000 words.
  4. A contestant may submit one entry only only.
  5. Each contestant must submit two typed, double-spaced copies of the entry. Be sure to retain a copy for yourself. No manuscripts will be returned.
  6. To conceal the author’s identity, each writer shall use a pen name. The author’s actual name, pen name, local address, USF ID number, e-mail address, and telephone number must be placed in a sealed envelope accompanying the submission. Mark the envelope SCIENCE FICTION AWARD. Do not place your social security number anywhere on the submission.
  7. Manuscripts must be submitted to the receptionist of the English Department (CPR 358) on or before February 23, 2018. Manuscripts will not be returned.
  8. For this contest, science fiction will be considered as springing from a limited number of arbitrary hypotheses relating to the hard or soft sciences, along with realistic development of their implications. Fantasies (examples being Watership Down and the Tolkien stories) are excluded from consideration.
  9. Winners will be announced in April. NOTE: If no science fiction entry is deemed worthy of a prize by the judges, then no science fiction award will be given.
The Thomas E. Sanders Scholarship in Creative Writing To read a brief bio about Professor Thomas E. Sanders, please click here.
  • Any undergraduate creative writing fiction or poetry major in the Department of English who has not reached the last term of academic residence.
  • Submit a letter which explains your qualifications for the scholarship, along with a sample of your creative work, and a cover page listing your name, local address, USF ID number, e-mail address, and telephone number.
  • Do not place your social security number anywhere on the submission.
  • Applications must be submitted by February 23, 2018, to the receptionist of the Department of English, CPR 358. Please mark the envelope “Application for the Sanders Scholarship.”
  • Be sure to retain a copy of your application materials for yourself. No manuscripts will be returned.

[Financial necessity need not be a qualifying condition.]

Note: The recipient will be chosen by the creative writing committee. The scholarship is non-renewable; however, recipients may reapply in subsequent years.

USF Poetry Awards
  1. All registered students at the University of South Florida are eligible.
  2. The work submitted must be previously unpublished.
  3. To be considered for the Bettye, Esther, and Dorothy Newman Poetry Award, each contestant must submit a portfolio of four poems. The Newman portfolios will also be considered for the Zbar Poetry Award (no need to enter twice). Portfolios of one, two, or three poems will be considered only for the Zbar Poetry Award.
  4. Each contestant must submit two typed copies of each poem. Be sure to retain a copy for yourself, since poems will not be returned.
  5. To conceal the author’s identity, each manuscript shall use a pen name. The author’s actual name, pen name, local address, USF ID number, and telephone number must be placed in a sealed envelope accompanying the submission. Do not place your social security number anywhere on the submission. Mark the envelope USF POETRY AWARDS.
  6. Manuscripts must be submitted to the receptionist of the English Department (CPR 358) on or before February 23, 2018.
  7. There will be two prizes awarded: the Bettye, Esther, and Dorothy Newman Poetry Award and the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Award. The winners will be announced in April.

 


Technical Writing & Undergraduate Awards

Award Application Details

Charles F. Brooks Award in Technical Writing


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Deadline: March 2, 2018

Award: $625

Open To: Students with a major or minor in Professional Writing, Rhetoric & Technology

Submission: A digital portfolio submitted as either a PDF or website URL to englishdepartment@usf.edu. Portfolios must include work completed in PWRT courses at USF during the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 semesters, but may also include work from other semesters or work completed outside of class. Applicants must also submit this entry form to the English Dept. Main Office, CPR 358 or emailed as an attachment to englishdepartment@usf.edu by March 2, 2018. Include the words “Brooks Award” in the subject line of your email.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Mark Leahy at markleahy@usf.edu.

Suncoast Chapter Technical Writing Scholarship


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Deadline: March 2, 2018

Award: $500

Open To: Majors and minors in Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology

How to apply: Deliver your completed submission form and a sample of your best technical writing work (a single document or project) to the English Department main office (CPR 358) or email materials to englishdepartment@usf.edu with “STC Award” in the subject line by the deadline.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Mark Leahy at markleahy@usf.edu.

Edwin and Mary Martin Award


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Deadline: March 2, 2018 at 5pm

2018 Award: $475

Open To: Undergraduate English majors only (any track)

Eligibility and Application Details: The Edwin and Mary Martin Award is a merit award for an excellent undergraduate in English who wishes to pursue an academic career in the field and who has knowledge of nineteenth-century British Literature as demonstrated in an essay.

  1. Applicants must be enrolled at least one semester during the 2017-18 year.
  2. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 overall, and 3.3 in English major.
  3. Each applicant must submit an application form, statement on career plans, and essay on nineteenth-century British Literature.
    1. The form is linked above and should be submitted with the two required items through the English Majors portal on Canvas (there is an assignment titled Edwin and Mary Martin Award).
    2. The statement about academic career plans must be 200-300 words.
    3. The essay on nineteenth-century British Literature should use mainly primary texts and be a minimum of 2000 words.
For any questions, please ask Dr. Discenza at ndiscenza@usf.edu.