Annual Essay Contest

Established in 2001 to honor two Carleton scholars who made signal contributions to the study of the medieval and Renaissance periods on this campus, these prizes are intended to encourage and celebrate undergraduate writing of the highest quality on topics within the scope of the concentration.

Catherine E. Boyd Essay Prize in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Catherine Boyd was an internationally recognized medievalist who specialized in the history of the medieval church, particularly in Italy. From 1947-1966 she taught courses at Carleton ranging from the history of the ancient Near East to the Renaissance. This prize of $250, established in her honor, will be awarded for the best long essay (10+ pages in either English or other foreign language) in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The Philip H. Niles Essay Prize in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

A brilliant teacher and dedicated scholar of the social history of medieval England, Philip Niles taught at Carleton from 1967 until his retirement in 1998. Established to honor his contributions to medieval studies and to Carleton, a prize of $100 will be awarded for the best short essay (5-10 pages in English or a foreign language) in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.


Eligible essays for both prizes include those written since Spring of the previous year in the context of courses, in independent studies (though the same essay may not be submitted for both honors in independent study and the MARS prizes) or written especially for this prize competition. Students may submit only one entry; comps essays are not eligible.

For consideration, submitted essays must conform in all respects to the relevant conventions of usage and documentation for their respective disciplines. Consult with your instructors/advisor if you have any doubts about the stylistic conventions appropriate to your essay. Questions? Contact V. Morse or W. North or P. Hecker.

Please Note: This competition is NOT restricted to concentrators in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Submission Deadline for Essays
(please submit 2 paper copies & 1 electronic)*

5 pm, Friday, April 15, 2016
Mailbox of Bill North, History Department

and to Bill North via email.


*If you are submitting your entry from off-campus, an electronic version is sufficient.