- Graduate Program
Honors and Awards
The Rev. Walter J. Ong, S.J. Award
The Walter J. Ong Award is presented annually to a doctoral student in the Department of English in recognition of genuinely exceptional research and scholarly achievement and promise. Submissions are judged on the portfolio a candidate submits to the Graduate Director (see item 2 below) and the information supplied in a supporting letter provided by a faculty member (see item 1).
The award is made by the Graduate Director and the Graduate Committee, acting on behalf of the English department. All current English Ph.D. students who are in good standing and are making appropriate progress toward the Ph.D. degree are eligible for consideration. Although a student may be considered for the award during more than one review cycle, s/he may only hold the award once in his/her graduate career at Saint Louis University.
Application & Review Procedure:
1. In the first week of May the Graduate Director will send out a call for nominations to the English faculty and will, at the same time, alert graduate students to the initiation of the year's process. This call for nominations will be repeated in the first week of August and again at the start of the fall semester. Nomination letters should be sent to the Graduate Director, should assess a nominee's scholarly achievements and promise to date, and should specify the nominee's current progress toward completing the dissertation. The deadline for nominations will normally be mid-September. Self-nominations are not permitted.
2. Nominees who wish to be considered for the award must submit a portfolio to the Graduate Director by the established deadline, normally the third week of September. This portfolio must include:
• A statement, up to 1 page in length, of the candidate's research achievements and plans.
• A full vita.
• A research dossier which emphasizes original and creative scholarship that is published or in the publication stream. Normally, this dossier would include copies of any published work, work that is due to be published, and/or work that has been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or by a reputable press. Any pre-publication work submitted should be in its "final" form. Web-based work (research tools, blogs, videos, databases, contributions to online journals, etc.) may also be submitted, but online works that do not appear in peer-reviewed venues should be accompanied by a brief written account (composed by the nominee) of the scholarly and/or intellectual impact and significance of these items within the nominee's field.
3. These materials will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee, which will either choose the winning submission or determine, at its discretion, that no award should be made during a given year. The Committee will not consider incomplete and/or late submissions.
4. No later than October 15, the Graduate Director will announce the Ong Award winner to the Chair of the Department, who in turn will inform the Library Associates.
5. It is customarily the practice for the award recipient to be formally recognized at the Library Associates' annual dinner.
6. Research dossiers will be returned to nominees in due course.
The Fournier Award is given annually for teaching excellence. The prize is normally awarded to a student who has taught for the English Department for at least four semesters and who has compiled a demonstratable record of professionalism and innovation in the classroom.
The Cicardo Award is given each year by the Graduate Committee to one incoming Ph.D. candidate.
The Knapp Award is similarly given to one incoming M.A. candidate each year.