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In support of its mission to promote the discipline of comparative literature, the American Comparative Literature Association has established two prizes recognizing student accomplishment in comparative literary study. The President's Awards for Best Master's Thesis and for Best Undergraduate Essay on a Comparative Topic together honor comparative work broadly construed at these important stages of educational achievement. Work will be judged based on theoretical rigor, comparative breadth, and lucidity of exposition. Though not a formal requirement, especially for the Undergraduate essay prize, work that engages in comparison across linguistic boundaries will be especially valued by the committee. The Association welcomes submission of an entry by any institution.
The Presidential Undergraduate Prize goes to the best substantial essay nominated by a department or program. The project must be completed by July 1, 2020. The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2020. Each institution may nominate one student in the field of comparative literature, identified as the best without regard to actual departmental affiliation. The prize carries an award of $250 and a certificate, complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, as well as hotel and airfare accommodations** (not including food) to facilitate the recipient attending the 2021 Annual Meeting. (**economy-class airfare roundtrip from wherever the prize winner is located the week before the conference, and hotel accommodation for up to 3 nights at the conference hotel rate, or rough equivalent thereof if the conference hotel is booked).
2019-2020 Presidential Undergraduate Prize Winner
2019-2020 Presidential Undergraduate Prize - Honorable Mention
To nominate a student's work for the 2020-2021 Presidential Undergraduate Prize, please notify both the ACLA Secretariat and the committee members by November 1, 2020. Nominators should submit a letter or report of one or two pages, outlining the exceptional qualities of the nominated essay. Copies of the nominating letter should be sent, along with copies of the student's work, to each member of the committee by the deadline.
2020-2021 Presidential Undergraduate Prize Committee
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