For Students

Richard Drake Award for Student Writing

The Richard Drake Writing Award honors excellence in writing in the humanities in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and is awarded to one undergraduate and one graduate student per year. Papers focusing on history, literature, philosophy, religion, politics and the classics are considered. Papers are judged on the basis of excellence in writing, imagination in research, and force of argument.

Due Date is April 1st

Richard Drake Writing Award Recipients

Undergraduate Winner

Joshua Hall, “Grappling with Milton’s God”

Graduate Winner

Beatrice Garrard, “Museum of Whales”


Ryan Garnsey, "Dostoyevsky: Definite Circumstances and the Character of an Individual"


Dwight Curtis, “The Play Within the Play: Eschaton, Hamlet, and 'Theater-Boundaries' in Infinite Jest"