Graduate Bursary & Prizes

Each year, NASSR offers several travel bursaries of CDN$250 each to assist graduate students presenting papers at the annual NASSR conference. The competition is open to all NASSR members who are graduate students, with the exception of students who received bursaries in the previous year. At least one bursary will go to a student at a Canadian university and at least one will go to a student at a U.S. university. Applicants should submit a copy of their conference proposal, proof of graduate student status, and an estimate of costs (travel only) by 1 June in any given year. Please email applications to Chris Bundock at chris.bundock[at]uregina.ca. Please note that all of those applying for bursaries must be NASSR members. Bursary cheques will be mailed out after the conference. 

Funding for these bursaries is made possible by the generous contributions from the organizers of the Dalhousie (1999) and Winnipeg (2015) NASSR conferences, as well as by donations from Gale Cengage.

Graduate Student Paper Prizes 

Each year NASSR conference organizers offer prizes for graduate student papers presented at their conference; those interested should consult the conference-specific websites for upcoming events.

2015 Winners: 

Best Graduate Student Paper: Lise Gaston (Berkeley), "Gossip Economies: Jane Austen, Lady Susan, and the Right to Self-Fashion" 

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Jennifer Hargrave (Rice), "Romantic Poetry within the Chinese Landscape"

2014 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper: Arden Hegele (Columbia), "Romantic Autopsy and Wordsworth's Two-Part Prelude"

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Deanna Koretsky (Duke), "Unhallowed Arts: Frankenstein and the Poetics of Suicide"

2013 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper:  Jacob Risinger (Harvard), "Transatlantic Fate: Emerson, Cavell, and Beautiful Necessity" 

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Carmen Mathes (University of British Columbia), "'Let us not therefore go hurrying about': Towards an Aesthetics of Passivity in Keats"

2012 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper: Markus Iseli (Neuchâtel), "Thomas de Quincey and the Cognitive Prospects of the Unconscious"

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Jillian Hess (Stanford), "Re-framing Poetry: the Romantic Essay and the Prospects of Verse"

2011 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper: Brittany Pladek (U of Toronto), "'Soothing Thoughts': Romantic Palliative Care and the Poetics of Relief" 

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Michael Verderame (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), "'A Rapid Masque of Death': Percy Shelley and Tambora’s Revolutionary Legacy"

2010 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper: Anahid Nersessian (Chicago), "Empire and Attachment: A Transnational Tale"

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Rachel Lee (Rochester), "From 'inane phraseology' to 'plain language': Reading Media History in Wordsworth's Preface"

2009 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper: Chris Bundock (Western Ontario), "'A feeling that I was not for that hour / Nor for that place': Wordsworth's Modernity"

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Amanda Jo Goldstein (Berkeley), "Growing Old Together: Composite Physiognomy, Prosopopoeia and 'The Triumph of Life'"

2008 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper: Lily Gurton-Wachter (Berkeley), "'An Enemy that Nature has made': Charlotte Smith and the Natural Enemy"

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Annika Mann (Indiana), "That 'strange and awful hour / of vast concussion': Reading Time in Beachy Head”

2007 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper: Julie M. Barst (Purdue), "Transporting the Picturesque: National and Imperial Subjectivity Through the Claude Lorraine Glass"

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Joseph Rezek (UCLA), "The Irish National Tale and the Re-Invention of the English Reader"

2006 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper: Dimitri Karkoulis (Western Ontario), "‘They pluck'd the tree of science and sin': Byron's Cain and the Science of Sacrilege"

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Joshua Lambier (Western Ontario), "Organismic Revolutionaries: Shelley, Schelling, and the History of Nature"

2005 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Paper: Terry F. Robinson (Colorado, Boulder), “‘A Mere Skeleton of History’: Reading Relics in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey”

Outstanding Graduate Student Papers (tie): Eric Lindstrom (Yale), “Coleridge’s Imagination, Wordsworth’s Bodily Course” and Emily Rohrbach (Boston), “Anna Barbauld’s History of the Future”

2004 Winners:

Best Graduate Student Papers (tie): Courtney Wennerstrom (Indiana, Bloomington), "Cosmopolitan Bodies and Dissected Sexualities: Anatomical Mis-stories in Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho" and Bo Earle (Chicago), "‘World Legislation’: The Form and Function of a Properly Romantic Cosmopolis"

Outstanding Graduate Paper: Leslie Eckel (Yale), "Wordsworth’s American Incarnations"

2003 Winners: 

Best Graduate Paper: Suzie Park (California, Berkeley), "This Disclosure Which is Not One: Recognizing Depth, Resisting Commissioned Interiors in The Wanderers" 

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Dana Van Kooy (Colorado, Boulder), "Re-Imagining Communities through Collective Praxis: How Keats Illicits from, Reflects, and Re-Produces Interpretive Communities" 

2002 Winners: 

Best Graduate Student Paper Presented at NASSR 2002: Mark Hewitt (NYU), "[Re]zoning the Naive: Schiller's Construction of Auto-historiography" 

Outstanding Graduate Student Papers Presented at NASSR 2002 (tie): Julie Murray (York), "Baillie, Wordsworth, and the Case of Economic Man" and Peter Melville (McMaster), "Staging the Nation: Hospitable Performances in Kant’s Anthropology"