Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

The Carl S. Knopf Award For Best Student Paper on the Ancient World

This award is supported by generous financial contributions from Susan Torkelson, Steven N. Dulaney '97, M.A.T. '98, and Dr. John W. Cotton '47.

Deadline: April 1, 2015

The Carl S. Knopf award is bestowed annually on the Willamette undergraduate student who has written the best term paper or senior thesis dealing directly with the ancient world or with the reception of ancient cultures worldwide in later time periods. 

This award is dedicated to the memory of biblical scholar and Assyriologist Carl Sumner Knopf (1889-1942), who served as president of Willamette University from 1941-1942. As a prolific biblical scholar who combined his expertise in theological studies with interests in ancient history, Near Eastern archaeology, and Assyriology, Carl S. Knopf is an excellent example for the interdisciplinary nature of the area of research supported by the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology.

The purpose of this award is to honor students who invest extra time and care in researching and writing about a topic that deals directly with the ancient world or with the reception of ancient cultures worldwide in later time periods. The ancient world is understood to include the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world, but also those of the ancient Near East, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and America.  Papers dealing with the reception of such cultures in later time periods might focus on the use and re-contextualization of literary or artistic themes, motifs and styles inherited from an ancient tradition or, for example, on the contemporary audience response to a new staging of an ancient play.

With this award, the Center seeks not only to reward those students who are already doing superior work in their classes, but also to raise the quality of papers in ancient studies overall.  A call for paper submissions will be issued at the beginning of each spring semester with a specific deadline set at the start of April.  The deadline for the current academic year is:  April 1, 2015.  Papers submitted must have been written for a class during the current semester or during the previous calendar year (i.e., spring semester 2015, fall semester 2014, or spring semester 2014). Papers may be submitted by Willamette undergraduate students themselves or, in consultation with the student author, by a faculty member on behalf of that student. 

Papers are read anonymously by a small committee of CASA core faculty members selected by the CASA director.  Papers are judged with respect to original thinking, excellent writing and research skills, and familiarity with important disciplinary conventions. Winners are announced in early April, and are encouraged to submit their winning paper to the Oregon Undergraduate Conference in Classics or to Willamette University's Student Scholarship Recognition Day, both in April.  The award carries a monetary prize in the amount of $250.

Carl Knopf Grant Application  

Please submit papers for consideration electronically (as an attached .pdf) by 5:00 pm, April 1, 2015 to:

Leslie Whitaker
Coordinator for the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

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Previous Winners of the Carl S. Knopf Award

Spencer Andrews '16
(Comparative Literature and Classical Studies Major)
Barbarians Can Be Romans Too

Erin Kahn '15 (English Major)
The Gods Know I Had No Choice: The Role of Fate in Sophocles’ Theban Plays

Patrick Leary
'11 (Archaeology Major )
The Orange-Brown Patinas on the Parthenon of Athens: Implications for Human-Made Origins

Alicia Maggard
'10 (Classical Studies and History Major)
Running on Imperial Time:
Augustus and the "Fasti Praenestini"
Alicia's paper illustrates how Augustus left his mark not only on the three Physical dimensions of Rome, but also on Roman time.

Alicia Maggard
'10 (Classical Studies and History Major)
The Supposed Separation of Collegium and State:
Trajan and the Rise of Mercantile Associations