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Graduate Awards

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
Julian and Harry Newman Graduate Writing Award 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
[Financial need as secondary consideration]
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 Iorio Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Master's or Doctoral students
  • Literature track only
  • Outstanding academic record
Alma Bryant Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Master's or Doctoral students
  • Rhetoric & Composition 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 submit a portfolio to Emily Norton in CPR 358-K by 4pm on March 21, 2017. 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:

  • Use a 1" ring binder (Please: nothing wider/larger); use tabs inside to distinguish sections, but do not encase pages/sections in plastic.
  • Submit your portfolio to Marisa Iglesias (CPR 358-M). (Portfolios will be returned after the awards selection process.)
  • 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 (2pp. maximum) to include (a) description of teaching philosophy and methods, and (b) self-evaluation of teaching strengths and weaknesses
  5. 1-2-page list of all courses taught at USF with terms, years, 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 Blackboard final grade submissions for the courses you taught in 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 (ONE) 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), 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, science fiction, and screenwriting. 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 24, 2017.

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 24, 2017.
  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 24, 2017. 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.
Knocky Parker Award for Creative Nonfiction Writing
  1. All registered students at the University of South Florida are eligible.
  2. The work submitted must be a previously unpublished piece of creative nonfiction, 5,000 words or less.
  3. Each contestant may submit one entry only.
  4. 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.
  5. To conceal the author’s identity, each writer shall use a pen name. The author’s actual name, pen name, local address, e-mail address, USF ID number, and telephone number must be placed in a sealed envelope accompanying the submission. Mark the envelope CREATIVE NONFICTION AWARD. Do not place your social security number anywhere on the submission.
  6. Manuscripts must be submitted to the receptionist of the English Department (CPR 358) on or before Friday, February 24, 2017.
  7. Winners will be announced in April.
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 24, 2017, 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. A contestant may submit no more than three poems TOTAL.
  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 24, 2017.
  7. There will be two prizes awarded: the Bettye Newman Poetry Award and the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Award. The winners will be announced in April.

 


Charles F. Brooks Award in Technical Writing (Undergraduate Only)

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Deadline: March 15, 2017

Award: $625

Portfolio Checklist:

  • Submit as either a PDF or website URL to Dr. Mark Leahy at markleahy@usf.edu.
  • Portfolio should include samples of work from undergraduate Professional Writing or Technical Writing (PWRT) courses at USF completed during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semesters.
  • NOTE: Applicants must also submit a nomination form signed by an instructor in the PWRT major to the English Department main office (CPR 358). You may ask your instructor to nominate you, and instructors may nominate more than one student. Nomination forms are in the English Department main office (CPR 358) and are available to download.

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

 

Suncoast Chapter Technical Writing Scholarship (Undergraduate Only)

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Deadline: March 15, 2017

Award: $500

Open To: Full-time students in the Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology major/minor

How to apply:

  • Deliver completed Submission Form and a sample of your best technical writing work (a single document or project) to the English Department main office(CPR 258) by March 15, 2017.
  • Obtain a signature endorsement from a Prof/Tech Writing instructor. Endorsement forms are in the English Department main office (CPR 358) and are available to download.

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