Prizes in Medieval Studies

The Committee on Medieval Studies welcomes submissions from Harvard College students for its 2021 essay and thesis prizes. Thesis prize materials are due on Friday, 9 April; essay prize materials are due on Friday, 7 May. For more information, please click on the links below.

The Committee on Medieval Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize (PDF)

The Class of 1955/Robert T. Coolidge Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Medieval Studies (PDF)

Prize Applicant Information Form (writable PDF format)

2020 Prize Winners

The Class of 1955/Robert T. Coolidge Thesis Prize: Julia Schroeder '20 (Department of History), Courting Chancery: The Politics of Petitioning in Fifteenth-Century England.

The Committee on Medieval Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize: Diana Myers '21 (Committee on Degrees in History and Literature), "Mater Matris: Celebrating St. Anne in the Medieval Chartrain Liturgy."

2019 Prize Winners

The Class of 1955/Robert T. Coolidge Thesis Prize: Madeleine Woods '19 (Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology and Department of English), The Science of Spells: Plants, Potions, and Seasonal Variation in Anglo-Saxon Leechbooks.

The Committee on Medieval Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize: Sarah Lagan '19 (Department of Neurobiology), “Catherine, Christopher, and the Construction of a Cult: The Changing Praxis of Medieval Piety.”

2018 Prize Winners

The Class of 1955/Robert T. Coolidge Thesis Prize: Daniel Hellstrom '18 (Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology): The Alliterative Morte Arthure's Extended Verses: A Study in Stress Assignment, Scansion and Meter.

The Committee on Medieval Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize: Robert Hopkirk '18 (Department of English): “'And yet I stond in desyer': A Hermeneutic of Receptive Desire in Marie de France and Julian of Norwich.”

2017 Prize Winners

The Class of 1955/Robert T. Coolidge Thesis Prize: Sama Mammadova '17 (Departments of History and History of Art and Architecture): Art for the Soul: Religious Art as Restitution for Usury in Renaissance Italy.

The Committee on Medieval Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize: Julie Estrada '18 (Committee on the Study of Religion): "'Exclusive Union': An Analysis of Gendered Language and Chiasmatic Performance in the Corpus of Hadewijch."

2016 Prize Winners

The Class of 1955/Robert T. Coolidge Thesis Prize: Rivka Hyland '16 (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), Direct Speech: In Search of a Common Idiom in Early Abbasid Christian and Islamic Theology.

The Committee on Medieval Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize: Faye Zhang '17 (Departments of English and Visual and Environmental Studies), “Mary Magdalene and the Stained Glass Ceiling."

2015 Prize Winners

The Class of 1955/Robert T. Coolidge Thesis Prize: Susannah Maybank '15 (Department of the History of Art and Architecture), Unless I See: The Personal Metaphysics of Vision and Image in C.G. Jung's Red Book.

The Committee on Medieval Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize: Veronica Wickline '16 (Department of History), “When God Gives Constantine Daughters: Examining the Changing Roles of Imperial Byzantine Brides in 10th-15th Century Interdynastic Marriages."

2014 Prize Winners

The Class of 1955/Robert T. Coolidge Thesis Prize: Valerie Piro '14 (Department of History), Society and Politics in the English Tournament, 11th – 13th Century.

The Committee on Medieval Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize: Samantha Berstler '14 (Department of English), "Herebeald and the Limits of Odinic Religion in Beowulf."