English and Film Studies

Undergraduate Department Prizes

Below is a list of Undergraduate Department Administered Awards and Prizes. Except as noted, students are nominated by the Department and no formal application is required. Students should note that, unless otherwise stated, awards can normally only be confirmed for students who have completed 24 credits during the academic year (Fall and Winter Terms only) for which these awards are adjudicated.

 

Honors English

The Rutherford Memorial
Medal in English Offered to a student of superior academic achievement graduating from the Honors English program, with at least first-class standing. Recipient also receives the Sarah Nettie Christie Prize in English. Donor: The late Mrs. Cecil Rutherford and Mrs. Helen Rutherford, Edmonton, in memory of the late Honourable Alexander Cameron Rutherford. The medal continues to be funded by Mr. Harwood McQuaig, son of Mrs. Hazel McQuaig.


The Sarah Nettie Christie
Prize in English Awarded annually to the winner of the Rutherford Memorial Medal in English, the most prestigious undergraduate English prize. Donor: Endowed by Norma Bell Christie, BA, 1935, in memory of her mother, Sarah Nettie Christie.


Priscilla Hammond Memorial Scholarship in Honors
English Awarded annually to a student entering their final year in Honors English who in the judgement of the department show the greatest ability and promise in the field of English scholarship or in creative work in English. Donor: Endowed by Mrs. Edith Hammond, in memory of her daughter.


Aiken Prize in English
Language and Literature Awarded to an outstanding student entering third-year Honors English, provided a grade of 3.3 or better has been achieved in all English courses. Donor: Endowed by the late Sir James Aiken.

Senior English

The Frank Bessai Memorial Scholarship in Old English
Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate or graduating student in the area of Old English, provided that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Donor: Endowed by friends of the late Frank Bessai, in recognition of his services in the Department of English, 1960-1969.

The R. D. Biamonte Award in English Literature of the Romantic Period

Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate or graduating student for a course in the area of British Romantic Literature, provided that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award.

A Meryle and Alder Clark Scholarship in English
Award to student(s) with superior academic achievement entering the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts with a major in English or Honours English. Selection based on academic standing.

The Joan Dorothy Whitehead Crowther Memorial Scholarship in Medieval Studies
Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student in a course in Medieval Studies. Donor: Endowed by family and friends in memory of Dr. Joan Crowther, Professor of English, 1967 - 1984

The Christopher Q. Drummond Memorial Prize in Early Modern Non-Dramatic Literature

Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate or graduating student in Early Modern non-dramatic literature, providing that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. When possible, preference will be given to students studying lyric poetry. Donor: Endowed by family, friends and students of the late Christopher Q. Drummond, Professor of English, 1969 - 1997

The Marion Francis Award in English
Awarded to a student with satisfactory academic standing enrolled in the second, third or fourth year in a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English in the Faculty of Arts. Selection based on Academic standing. Preference given to a student who is an Alberta resident.

Sheree Frappied Memorial Prize in Literary Studies
Awarded to a student with satisfactory academic standing who has completed either English 305 (Literature and Religion), English 339 (Early Modern Literature and Culture: Studies in Shakespeare), or English 361 (Early Modern Literature and Culture: Studies in American Modern and Postbellum and Early 20th Century). Selection based on greatest merit demonstrated in academic writing in the course. This prize will normally rotate annually between the aforementioned courses. Donor: Endowed by Sheree Frappied's husband, Doug Ginter, and family and friends of Sheree Frappied who, in addition to studying as an undergraduate in the Faculties of Arts and Education, completed her creative-writing MA in 2003.

The D. R. Godfrey Memorial Prize
Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate or graduating student working towards a bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement in English literature of the Romantic period, provided that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Donor: Endowed by members of the Department of English, the Faculty of Arts and Alma Mater Fund of the University of Alberta Alumni Association in memory of the late Professor Emeritus Denis Godfrey.

The R. K. Gordon Prize in Chaucer
Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate or graduating student with superior academic achievement in the study of Chaucer, provided that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Donor: The Friends of the University, in memory of the late Professor Emeritus Gordon, 1913 - 1950

The J. T. Jones Prize in Milton
Awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate or graduating student with superior academic achievement in the study of Milton, provided that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Donor: Endowed by Friends of John Thomas Jones, in recognition of his service in the Department of English, 1922-1964.

James A. G. Marino Prize in English Language Studies
Awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduating student with superior academic achievement in a senior course at the 300 or 400 level in the area of the development and influence of the English language. Recipient will be selected on the basis of academic standing in ENGL 300 or appropriate 400-level courses, provided that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Donor: Endowed by the late James A.G. Marino, Professor of English, 1979-2003.

The Norton Drama Prize
Awarded annually to an outstanding student in an undergraduate course in dramatic literature of any period. The prize is not available to students at the 400-level.

The F. M. Salter Prize in Shakespeare Studies
Awarded annually on the basis of superior academic achievement to an undergraduate or graduating student who has completed 6 undergraduate credits in Shakespearean studies. Donor: Endowed by members of the Department of English, Friends of the University, and University of Alberta Alumni.

The Bruce Stovel Memorial Prize
Awarded to a student with superior academic achievemen tin any year of undergraduate study or at graduation in a course in 18th-century British literature, providing the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Donor: Endowed by family, friends, colleagues and students of the late Bruce Stovel, Emeritus Professor of English, 1985 - 2006.

The Nelson Prize for Writing by Education Students
Awarded for the best piece of writing by an Education student in English 299.

The University of Alberta Press Book Prize
Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student, provided that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. This award is open to any student in an appropriate course.

The Sheila Watson BA Prize in Canadian and/or Postcolonial Literature
Awarded to a student in any year of a non-honors BA with superior academic achievement in English courses, provided that student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Undergraduate and graduating students taking six credits in Canadian and/or Post-Colonial Literature will be eligible. Donors: Diane Bessai and the late David Jackel, Emeritus Professors of English.

The Sheila Watson Prize in Modern British Literature
Awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest academic standing in in the area of Modern British Literature, provided that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory. Donor: Endowed by Patricia D. Clements and Robert J. Merrett, Professors of English, in recognition of the service of Sheila Watson to the Department of English, 1961 - 1975.

The Alison White Prize in Children's Literature

Awarded annually on the basis of superior academic achievement in the area of senior Children's Literature, provided that the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Donor: Endowed by friends of Alison White and through a bequest from the Estate of Alison White, Professor of English, 1955 - 1974.

Department Prizes

200-Level English Prizes
  • ENGL 208 Prize - Reading Histories: Making Books 
  • ENGL 209 Prize - Reading Histories: Making Readers 
  • ENGL 210 Prize - Reading Histories: Histories in Texts 
  • ENGL 212 Prize - Introduction to the English Language 
  • ENGL 217 Prize - Textualities: Signs and Texts 
  • ENGL 218 Prize - Textualities: Reading and Interpretation
  • ENGL 219 Prize - Textualities: Narrative Theory and Poetics 
  • ENGL 220 Prize - Reading Politics: Gender and Sexuality
  • ENGL 221 Prize - Reading Politics: Class and Ideology
  • ENGL 222 Prize - Reading Politics: Race and Ethnicity
  • ENGL 223 Prize - Reading Politics: Empire and the Postcolonial
  • ENGL 224 Prize - The Literary Institution 

Area Prizes
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature and Culture Prize 
  • PostColonial Literature and Culture Prize 
  • 19th-Century British Literature and Culture Prize 
  • 19th-Century British Literature and Culture Prize 
  • Contemporary/21st-Century Literature and Culture Prize 
  • Contemporary/21st-Century Literature and Culture Prize 
  • American Literature and Culture Prize 
  • Popular Culture Prize 
  • Women's Writing Prize 
  • Queer/LGBT Literature and Culture Prize
  • Social and Cultural History of Genre
  • Film Studies Prize

Junior English

The Bertha E. Glass Award in English
Awarded annually to undergraduate students with satisfactory academic standing in at least 6 credits of junior English, provided that the students' academic records are otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. The award will be made to runners-up for the Priscilla Hammond Memorial Prize(s) in junior English. Open to any student registered in a junior English course and working towards a bachelor's degree.Donor: Endowed by Mrs. B. Glass.

The Priscilla Hammond Memorial Prize in English
Awarded annually to undergraduate students with superior academic achievement in at least 6 credits of junior English, provided that the students' academic records are otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Donor: Endowed by Mrs. Edith Hammond, in memory of her daughter.

The Broadview Press First-Year Essay Awards
Awarded annually for superior essays in a half-year junior English courses.

The Pearson Education Canada Essay Prize in First-Year English
Awarded annually for a superior essay by a student in a half-year junior English course.

The Nelson Book Prize in Junior English
Awarded annually for a superior piece of writing by a student in a half-year junior English course.

The Nelson Book Prize for Excellence in Technical Writing

Awarded annually for the best piece of writing by a student in ENGL 199, Essentials of Writing for Engineering Students.

WRITE Program 

The Ted and Charlotte Davenport Poetry Prize
Awarded annually to a student who has excelled in the writing of original poetry while at the University of Alberta. Undergraduate, graduating, orgraduate students in any WRITE course are eligible.

The James Patrick Folinsbee Prize in English
Awarded annually to outstanding undergraduate or graduating students in the area of Creative Writing whose writing shows greatest merit, provided the student's academic record is otherwise satisfactory in the year of the award. Undergraduate students in WRITE courses in fiction and/or poetry are eligible. Donor: Endowed by the late Dr F.J. Folinsbee.

Stephen Kapalka Memorial Prize in Creative Writing
Awarded to an undergraduate student with satisfactory academic standing who has taken a WRITE class in fiction or creative non-fiction. Selection based on greatest merit demonstrated in writing. This award is open to full-time and part-time students. Previous winners are not eligible to be reconsidered. Funded by a donation from Jason Kapalka.

The NeWest Press Write 400-level Prize in Non-Fiction Writing

Awarded to the outstanding student(s) in any 400-level WRITE Non-fiction course.

The Oxford University Press Write 300-level Book Prizes in Non-Fiction Writing
Awarded annually to the outstanding student(s) in any 300-level WRITE Non-fiction course.

The Norton Write 300-level Prize in Non-Fiction Writing
Awarded annually to the outstanding student(s) in any 300-level WRITE Non-fiction course.

The University of Alberta Bookstore Write 200-level Book Prizes in Non-Fiction Writing
Awarded annually to outstanding students in WRITE 298.

The Patricia Price Memorial Prize in Writing
Awarded to an undergraduate student with satisfactory academic standing who has completed a WRITE course in fiction or non-fiction. Selection based on the greatest merit demonstrated in writing. This award is open to full-time and part-time students. Previous winners are ineligible to be reconsidered.

Darren Zenko Memorial Prize in Creative Writing
Conditions: Awarded to student(s) with satisfactory academic standing who have completed WRITE course(s) in fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry with superior academic achievement in these course(s). Selection based on quality of work demonstrated in WRITE course(s), and demonstrated potential to excel in the Writing with Style program at the Banff Centre. Part-time and full-time students are eligible.

Film Studies

Oxford University Press Book Prize for Best Essay on World Cinema
Awarded annually for the best essay on World Cinema written by a student in a Film Studies course at the 300 or 400 level.

The Pearson Education Canada Essay Prize in Second-Year Film Studies
Awarded annually for the best essay written by a student in a 200-level Film Studies course.

University of Alberta Press Book Prize for Best Essay on Canadian Cinema

Awarded annually for the best essay on Canadian Cinema written by a student in a Film Studies course at the 300 or 400 level.

Wallflower Press Book Prize for Best Essay on American Cinema
Awarded annually for the best essay on American Cinema written by a student in a Film Studies course at the 300 or 400 level.

Scholarships and Awards Requiring Application

The James Patrick Folinsbee Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing
Awarded annually to a student(s) of demonstrated ability in Creative Writing who will be entering the fourth year of the Honors English program or any year of a graduate program in English (including students from elsewhere who are entering a graduate program in English at the University of Alberta). Also open to both full-time and part-time students, but not to previous winners of this award. Candidates must apply to the Chair by April 30. Donor: Endowed by the late Dr J.F. Folinsbee.

The Catherine and Louise Ford Award **Attention 3rd year students
Awarded annually to a student entering fourth year in the Department of English and Film Studies on the basis of involvement in extracurricular activities. Preference will be given to a student in financial need. Students must by letter apply to the Chair by April 30 and include a completed bursary form. Donor: Endowed by the Ford Family.

The Lesley Heathcote Librarianship Bursary ** Attention 2nd and 3rd English students
Awarded annually to two students, one entering third year and one entering fourth year in the Department of English and Film Studies, on the basis of financial need. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.3 or higher, and preference will be given to students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in Library and Information Studies. Students must apply by letter to the Chair by April 30 and include a completed bursary form. Donor: Endowed by Miss Lesley Heathcote.

The Vanessa Hughes Memorial Award
Awarded to a student with satisfactory academic standing entering the fourth year of study for a Bachelor of Arts with a major or minor in Film Studies. Selection based on academic standing and demonstrated financial need. Preference given to a student with demonstrated involvement in environmental or social justice issues. Students must apply by letter to the Chair by April 30 and include a completed bursary form. Endowed by the family and friends of Vanessa Hughes.

The Roscoe Robinson Miller Scholarship
Awarded annually on the basis of academic standing to a student entering third- or fourth-year Honors Geography or Honors English. The application is available through Bear Tracks.
Endowed by the late Roscoe R. Miller.

The John Orrell Memorial Prize in Shakespeare Studies
One award will be normally given each year, with preference given to graduate students in the Department of English and Film Studies and in other departments of the Faculty of Arts, for the purpose of travel related to the advancement of theatre history. Application in the form of a short research proposal should be made to the Chair, Department of English and Film Studies, Humanities Centre 3-13. The deadline for applications is April 30. Endowed by the family and friends of the late John Orrell, Professor of English, 1961-1995.