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The Ronald Schuchard Undergraduate Archival Research Prize

The Ronald Schuchard Undergraduate Archival Research Prize is awarded each academic year to the best research papers or digital projects created using primary source material from the Harry Ransom Center’s archival collections. All current undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin who have completed an academic project involving archival research in the Center’s collections are encouraged to apply.

The First Place Award is $1,000, the Second Place Award is $700, and an Honorable Mention Award for Freshmen and Sophomore students is $300. Award recipients will be announced in appropriate venues and be recognized at a ceremony in their honor at the Center.

This award can affect any financial aid you receive this academic year. Please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to see if the award exceeds your cost of attendance. If so, you may need to submit an appeal. If you do not receive any financial aid, you can disregard these instructions.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible for The Ronald Schuchard Undergraduate Archival Research Prize, a student:

    (1) must be a current UT Austin undergraduate at any class level and in any discipline (humanities, sciences, social sciences); and
    (2) must have completed an archival research in the form of an essay, digital project, or honors thesis related to a specific class or course of study at UT Austin using Ransom Center collections.

  • Application

    Applications are accepted from 8 a.m. on January 21 through 5 p.m. on April 1, 2022. Winners will be notified in advance of the public announcement on Monday, May 2, 2022. The deadline to apply for the award for the 2021–2022 academic year April 1, 2022.

    To Apply:

    Applications are accepted via a digital Self-Nomination Form. Applications will include a one-page cover letter and a writing sample or full version of the archival research essay, digital project, or honors thesis. Upon completion of the self-nomination, a second form will automatically be sent to a faculty member of your choice to provide a short paragraph of support.

    IMPORTANT: Coordinate with your faculty supporter in advance of submitting your Self-Nomination Form so that they can provide their support in a timely manner.

  • About Ronald Schuchard

    Ronald Schuchard, a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the Goodrich C. White Professor of English and Irish Studies, Emeritus, at Emory University, is the author of numerous studies of modern authors, particularly T. S. Eliot and W. B. Yeats. His Eliot’s Dark Angel won the Robert Penn Warren / Cleanth Brooks Prize for outstanding literary criticism, and his The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic Arts won the Robert Rhodes Prize for an outstanding book on Irish Literature. He is co-editor with John Kelly of three volumes of The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats and general editor of the eight-volume online and print editions of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he is presently a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of English Studies, University of London, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



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