The Annual Iwanter Prize, Center for Humanities
The annual Iwanter Prize provides an unrestricted $2,000 award to one graduating senior who, through a senior thesis and general academic distinction, demonstrates outstanding humanities-based scholarship of a broad and interdisciplinary nature. The award is made possible by a gift to the UW Foundation by Sidney E. Iwanter, an alumnus of the College of Letters & Science (BA History, 1971).
Theses must be interdisciplinary but need not be interdepartmental. The topic of the winning thesis must reflect a breadth of interests and learning experiences as well as depth in its main area of focus. It should draw from more than one scholarly discipline (for example, history and Italian literature; philosophy and art), but it may do so in a variety of ways. Many students working within the disciplinary conventions of one department are already regularly undertaking interdisciplinary research, and should be considered eligible for the award.
Applications for the Iwanter prize may now come directly from students, but must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor. Eligibility is restricted to seniors graduating from the College of Letters and Science in the 2004-5 academic year, and who are receiving a degree with a major in a humanities discipline. Students graduating in spring or summer '05 may submit advanced draft versions of the thesis.
Applications should consist of four parts: (1) A one-page letter from the student that provides the title and a brief description of the thesis, addresses the student's interdisciplinary experiences, and includes current and post-graduation contact information (one original and three copies); (2) A letter of recommendation from the student's thesis advisor, who must be a faculty member in the Humanities and Arts Division of the College of Letters & Science (one signed original and three copies); (3) the student's senior thesis (four copies); (4) the student's official transcript (one original and three copies).
Applications must be received by the Center for the Humanities by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 10, 2006.
The Center for the Humanities
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