Graduate Award Opportunities


Critophe Prize

In 2001, SASA’s Executive Committee established Critoph Award for the best graduate student paper presented at SASA’s biennial conference.  Named in memory of Professor Gerald “Jerry” Critoph of Stetson University, a former long-term member of SASA’s Executive Committee, this award includes a certificate and a check for $250, as well as recognition at the next SASA meeting and, of course, on the recipient’s C.V. In 2013, the winner is…

Daegan Miller, “Re-Placing John Brown: Utopian Agrarianism and Black Pioneers in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains, 1846-1859.” Dr. Miller received his PhD in History from Cornell University in 2013 and is now an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Amy King, Department of English, University of Mississippi, “Rape between Women as Social Policing in Valerie Martin’s Property
  • Regis Mann, Department of English, University of California, Riverside, “Behind the Scenes of Emancipation: Race, Ritual, and the Reconstitution of the Antebellum Order”

Directions: Each graduate student who presents a paper at our  biennial conference may enter to win the Critioph Award.  The paper must be the version you present at the conference.  The committee will not accept power point presentations, talking points, or a longer paper (such as a dissertation chapter or article manuscript).  Deadline: papers must be submitted in PDF form at by noon on the first day of the conference.

Thanks ahead of time for being part of this tradition!

Margaret (Molly) McGehee, Oxford College of Emory University, and SASA’s Critoph Prize Chair

Click here to see the names and paper abstracts of past winners.

Graduate Travel Grants

As we did for the 2013 conference in Charleston, SASA will provide a limited number of travel grants for graduate students as partial travel reimbursement to go to the 2015 biennial conference to present a paper. SASA is particularly concerned with helping students who have no support for conference attendance from their institutions or other sources, who incur substantial costs for travel to and from the convention, and who have not received travel reimbursement from the SASA previously.

SASA must receive applications by December 15, 2014. To apply, click on the link below:

Submit Application