This prize is given in honor of Cynthia Wight Rossano, whose services to Harvard University and its history are to be commemorated by the award of a prize for the best essay by a student of Harvard College, or a multimedia presentation by a single Harvard student, or by a group of Harvard College students. If an essay, the essay is to be not longer than ten pages, and may consider any aspect of Harvard history. The subject must, wherever possible, draw upon primary sources and be regarded as a genuine contribution to knowledge. The best standards of contemporary scholarship are to be applied.
Essays or presentations must be submitted to the Office of the University Marshal, Wadsworth House, not later than May 1. The committee of judges will consist of the University Marshal, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, and a professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to be chosen by the committee members. The prize, open to undergraduates, is to be known as the Cynthia Wight Rossano Prize in Harvard History. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize in any year when submissions do not meet their standards. The sum of the prize is set annually by the Committee of Judges.
For more information about requirements, the prize amount, and electronic submissions please contact the Marshal's Office.