Undergraduate Awards

Announcements of and links to the essays for the EWS Undergraduate Awards.

2020 Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize

The Edith Wharton Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 scholarly awards.  We also wish to thank the evaluation team of Jennifer Haytock and Rita Bode, who read the undergraduate essay submissions in a blind review process.  Congratulations to the prize-winner, Janae Staltaro of Fairfield University!

EWS Undergraduate Prize Winner: Janae Staltaro

2020 Awards:

Because of our current pandemic’s effect on travel, we have decided to suspend the Edith Wharton Society Archival Research Award for the present time.  If you are interested in applying for this award, please hold your application materials until next summer.


2019 Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize

Katie Williams, College of William and Mary, for “Object or Owner: Navigating Identity through the Aesthetic in Wharton’s Fiction”

Samuel McIntyre, William & Mary, for “Charity Case: The Gendered Economy of Gift-Giving in Summer.”

2018 Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize

Emma Pierce, University of California, Irvine, for “The Stairs Not Taken: Domestic Space, Gender Roles, and Power in The House of Mirth”

2017 Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize

Aidan Selmer, College of William and Mary, for “Risk and the Self-Fashioning Women in Wharton’s House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and Summer.

2015 Undergraduate Essay Prize Winner
Brittany BarronLily Bart’s “Process of Crystallization” Changing Brier Rose’s Fate in The House of Mirth

2014 Undergraduate Essay Prize Winners
Angela Sammarone, for “Edith Wharton and Race: Tracing Race throughout The Custom in the Country”

Lindsay Wrinn, for “The Custom of the Country: Male Hysteria, Virginity Loss, and Patriarchal Upheaval at the Turn of the Century”