The Graduate Program in Literature and Criticism have created the following awards to recognize and reward exceptional MA-Literature or MA-Generalist students in our programs. The awards are be presented annually and carry a $100 honorarium.

Scholarly Excellence Award

For PhD students currently enrolled in the Literature and Criticism program and for MA students currently enrolled in both the Literature and Generalist programs, this award honors a single significant scholarly production published or presented in the past two years.

Service and Citizenship Award

This award honors positive, voluntary contributions made by a graduate student to the graduate programs, the English Department, the university, and/or the greater Indiana community. The award is intended to recognize the importance of work that graduate students perform outside the classroom to improve quality of life and education for all graduate and undergraduate students at IUP. Such service must go beyond the student's duties and responsibilities related to participation in a class, a thesis or dissertation, a graduate assistantship, or any other type of paid employment.

Nominations must come from faculty members of the Graduate Program in Literature and Criticism (self-nominations by students will not be accepted). The award winners will be selected from among the nominees by the Graduate Awards Committee.

If you have questions about the process, contact Dr. Thompson at