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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award

General Information

The Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes up to three graduate assistants (MA, MAT, PhD) a year for outstanding teaching performance. Students are selected by the Graduate Council in consultation with Basic Courses Directors, Program Directors, and Graduate Advisors. Outstanding Teaching performance is based on observations, evaluations, and participation in 777. Award winners receive $250 to spend on books, supplies, or travel. A student must be recommended for the award by a Basic Courses Director/Teaching Supervisor.

Eligibility

To be considered for this award, you must:

  • Be a graduate student in good standing in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Have served as a graduate assistant for at least two semesters within the last two years. Degree candidates carrying the title of instructor or adjunct are not eligible for the award.

-     Submit a letter outlining your accomplishments in teaching as well as a letter of support from a DLLC professor (teaching supervisor or basic courses director), and a copy of your teaching evaluations. Submissions are due electronically to the Graduate Director and Ms. Barbara Wachob by April 1st.


Graduate Research Paper Award

General Information

The DLLC Graduate Research Paper Award is an annual prize of $250 (toward books, supplies, travel, etc.) given to two students (one pursuing a PhD in comp lit; one pursuing a PhD in Spanish) designed to promote excellence in graduate research and to give visibility to the work of graduate students. The Graduate Research Paper Award will be awarded to a scholarly paper by a student in the DLLC (the paper cannot be part of the dissertation).  A committee will determine which papers will receive the prize. Papers must be written in either Spanish (for the Spanish award) and English (for the comp lit award).  A student must be recommended for the award by a professor.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a graduate student in good standing in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Have served as a graduate assistant for at least two semesters within the last two years. Degree candidates carrying the title of instructor or adjunct are not eligible for the award.
  • Include a letter of support from a professor (preferably from the course for which the paper was written) and the paper itself. Submissions are due electronically to the Graduate Director and to Ms. Barbara Wachob by April 1st.

 


 

Graduate Student Dissertation Award (Course Release from Teaching)

General Information

The DLLC Dissertation Award provides a single course release during one semester of the academic year as well as recognition to outstanding full-time doctoral students who have passed their qualifying exams and have successfully defended their prospectus. This prestigious award is available to DLLC students in good standing in a PhD program and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional as well as significant progress on the Dissertation accomplishment. Two awards are available: 1 in Spanish and 1 in Comparative Literature.

Eligibility

To be considered for this award, a graduate student must have met the following criteria:

  • completed all course work and language requirements;
  • completed the comprehensive examination;
  • successfully passed the prospectus defense
  • be currently registered for 899
  • have not received the award previously

 

Application

To apply for this award, a graduate student must prepare the following dossier containing:

  • a current CV
  • a statement of intent (why you feel you are a good candidate for this award and how time off will be spent)
  • a letter of support from your dissertation director
  • materials should be sent to the Graduate Director by March15th.

 


 Other Awards

The Comparative Literature Program accepts applications from CPLT PhD students for the Carroll T. and Edward B. Cantey, Jr. Bicentennial Fellowship in Liberal Arts. The fellowship is normally awarded to two students each year, in the amount of $2,500 each. Awards are made by application only. The application should be around 300-500 words in length. Proposals are judged on the merit of the proposal and on the feasibility of the project. Students should give a clear plan as to how the award will help to further their research.  Students who received the award last year are not eligible this year. Applicants must be currently enrolled in the CPLT PhD program and in residence, and must have completed all MA requirements, including the MA thesis.

 Applications should be submitted electronically to guoji@mailbox.sc.edu, and will be forwarded to the Cantey Award Committee. The application award is in the Spring Semester each year.