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Leland Hawes Essay Prize in Florida Studies

Leland Hawes

The Tampa Bay History Center and University of South Florida Libraries’ Florida Studies Center invite undergraduate student submissions for the Leland Hawes Undergraduate Prize in Florida Studies.

Undergraduate students working toward a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply. Subjects must cover Florida Studies ranging from Florida’s pre-colonial past through the twentieth century. Proper citations must be included.

A panel of reviewers will evaluate submissions on originality and quality of research, appeal to a general audience, and contributions to the field of Florida Studies. Suggested topics include art, architecture, literature, music, archaeology, anthropology, history, culture, or the environment. Topics dealing with the Tampa Bay region are particularly encouraged.

Interested students should also submit a cover letter giving their name, address, email, institution, and degree sought. This information should not appear on the essay’s title page.The prize carries a $500 award.

For more information, contact:

Matt Knight, Assistant Librarian
USF Libraries Special Collections Department and Florida Studies Center
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB412
Tampa, FL 33620
mtknight@usf.edu (813) 974-6266

Deadline is January 9, 2015

Apply for Award

Leland Hawes

The Tampa Bay History Center and University of South Florida Libraries’ Florida Studies Center invite graduate student submissions for the Leland Hawes Graduate Essay Prize in Florida Studies.

Graduate students working toward a M.A. or Ph.D. degree in any subject are encouraged to apply. Papers may cover topics ranging from Florida’s pre-colonial past through the twentieth century. Essays should be no more than thirty-five pages in length plus citations.

A panel of scholars will evaluate submissions on originality and quality of research, clarity of argument, and contributions to the field of Florida history. Topics dealing with the Tampa Bay region are particularly encouraged.

Interested students should submit a cover letter giving their name, address, email, institution, and degree sought. This information should not appear on the essay’s title page. The prize carries a $1,000 award.

For more information, contact:

Matt Knight, Assistant Librarian
USF Libraries Special Collections Department and Florida Studies Center
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB412
Tampa, FL 33620
mtknight@usf.edu (813) 974-6266

Deadline is January 9, 2015

Apply for Award


Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Award in Florida Studies

Patrick Riordan
The University of South Florida Libraries’ Florida Studies Center in Tampa, FL, invites applications from graduate students for a month-long, in-residence research project. The Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Award offers $2,500 to an M.A. student or Ph.D. candidate engaged in research on a Florida studies topic. The successful applicant will be invited to share his or her research in congenial public forums during the research period.

The Florida Studies Center has extensive collections and faculty expertise in many areas, including but not limited to: Tampa/Hillsborough history, modern Florida politics, foodways, agriculture, anthropology, African American history, Native American history, literature, geography, environmental studies, sociology, women’s studies, LGBT issues, immigration and mutual aid societies, and the history of the University of South Florida, including the Johns Committee [Florida Legislative Investigation Committee].

Applicants for the award should submit a résumé or c.v., a reference letter, and a proposal of 750-1,000 words that clearly details the nature of the study and how specific resources and holdings at the University of South Florida Libraries and other local institutions are crucial to their research interests.

The deadline is April 15, and the award may be taken anytime between May 15 and August 15. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree at an accredited institution and be a U.S. citizen.

For more information, contact:

Matt Knight, Assistant Librarian
USF Libraries Special Collections Department and Florida Studies Center
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB412
Tampa, FL 33620
mtknight@usf.edu (813) 974-6266

Deadline is April 15, 2015

Apply for Award

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Send physical applications to:

Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Award
c/o Florida Studies Center, USF Libraries
4202 E. Fowler Ave, LIB 122
Tampa, FL 33620-5400.

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