Essay Prize Description

Image of a person's hands typing on a computer. Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on UnsplashEach year at the Annual Conference, the Tri-University Graduate Program in History awards two essay prizes. 

The PhD Prize is given to the best paper published by a doctoral student in the previous calendar year. 

The MA Prize is awarded to the best paper written for a Tri-University MA seminar in the previous fall term.

2021 Essay Prizes

PhD Students

Dan Attrell - Honoring the Outermost: Saturn in Picatrix, Marsilio Ficino, and Renaissance Cosmology, published in Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural.

Emily B. Kaliel - co-authored with Karissa R. Patton, "Building Community and Transforming Knowledge: Histories of Women's Health Practitioners and Community-Based Health Services in 20th-Century Alberta, Canada," published in Canadian Bulletin of Medical History.

MA Student

Georgia Gingrich, “From Contact to Colonialism: A Historiography of Indigenous Health and Disease in Canada," a paper submitted to Susan Neylan's HI625A Indigenous Peoples within Canada: First Nations' Histories class, Fall 2020, Wilfrid Laurier University.

2020 Essay Prizes

PhD Student

Lisa Baer-Tsarfati - Gender, Authority, and Control: Male Invective and the Restriction of Female Ambition in Early Modern Scotland and England, 1583-1616, published in International Review of Scottish Studies.

MA Student

Winners - Tie

Tanroop Sandhu, "Insurgent Doctrine in the First Indochina War," a paper submitted to Alex Statiev's HIST 604, University of Waterloo, Fall 2019.

Alex Wall, "Writing History in Service of the Nation and in Service of the King: A Comparative Analysis of the Historical Works of Juan de Mariana and Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas," a paper submitted to Susannah Ferreira's HIST 6000, University of Guelph, Fall 2019.

Honourable Mention

Matthew Morden, "Britain's Last Great Colonial Revolt: The Historiography of the Mau Mau Revolt and Movement," a paper submitted to Roger Sarty's HI 610, Wilfrid Laurier University, Fall 2019.

2019 Essay Prizes

PhD Student

Preston Arens – “Strictly Non-committal’: British Economic Policy and the Commonwealth,” published in The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.

MA Student

Graham Lloyd – ‘The End of Spring in Guatemala,” a paper submitted to John Sbardellati’s HIST 632 Fall 2018.

2018 Essay Prizes

PhD Student

Kyle Pritchard – “Pleased and Thankful: James Bowman’s Diary, Rural Profiteering, and the Great War,” published in Guelph History.

MA Student

Nizar Mohamad – “A Coalition of Negatives: The Case of Sons of Iraq and the US in their Counterinsurgency Alliance,” a paper submitted to Alex Statiev’s HIST 604 Fall 2017.

2017 Essay Prizes

PhD Student

Matthew S. Wiseman – “Unlocking the ‘Eskimo Secret’: Defence Science in the Cold War Canadian Arctic, 1947-1954,” published in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.

MA Student

Matthew Hargreaves – “Canada’s Reserves: Clashes of Natural, Identity, and Language Delineations in Canada’s Reservation Historiography,” a paper submitted to Susan Neylan’s HI 625 Fall 2016.