Lynne Cooper Harvey Writing Prize

Every year, AMCS seeks to recognize academic excellence with The Lynne Cooper Harvey Undergraduate Writing Prize, which acknowledges outstanding writing on a topic in American culture. The 2017 Writing Prize will be given to a student who has written an exemplary essay or research paper on an American subject in any AMCS course (whether home-based or cross-listed) in the Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 semester. The award carries a cash prize of five hundred dollars; it is presented at the annual AMCS Barbeque at the end of the school year.

How to Nominate a Paper

Please consider the best students in your Fall 2016 AMCS course(s) and nominate one whose written work seems worth consideration. Please limit yourself to one nomination per course.

We are looking for essays and research papers (5-25 pages) that reveal analytical depth and agile multidisciplinary thinking, although work that is simply a great specimen of undergraduate writing on an American topic would also be suitable. We are particularly interested in work that demonstrates innovative interpretation of sources, methodological sophistication, and creative conceptual framing; where relevant papers should contain original research and argument. Please note that we will not be considering honors theses.Since departments are now able to award students with three levels of “distinction, particularly outstanding honors theses can be acknowledged in this way.

Please send the following information to Máire Murphy ( no later than January 10, 2017.

  • Title of paper and author
  • The course in which the paper was written
  • A copy of the assignment for which it was written
  • A few sentences on why this piece is exemplary in your field (e.g., methodology, theoretical framework)

We will notify the student of the nomination and request a copy of the work for review.(If you have an electronic copy on hand, we welcome submission on behalf of the student.)

Máire Murphy

Academic Coordinator, AMCS