Prizes in Medieval Studies

The Committee on Medieval Studies welcomes submissions from Harvard College students for its 2020 essay and thesis prizes. Thesis prize materials are due on Friday, 10 April; essay prize materials are due on Friday, 8 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."