Schuchard Prize

The Schuchard Prize was established through the Betsy and Wayne Rackoff Fund and named in honor of Dr. Wayne Rackoff's (75C) archival mentor, Ronald Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus of English.

The Schuchard Prize will award $750 to one student each academic year for the best paper, project, or honor's thesis created on the basis of primary source material from Rose Library related to a class or course of study in the Department of English only, $500 for a second place award, and a $250 honorable mention reserved for a first year student. 

Application Guidelines

The annual online application period is from February 1 to April 30.

To be eligible to win, applicants must:

  • be current Emory College undergraduates at any class level and in any discipline (humanities, social sciences, or sciences);
  • have completed their archives research project using Rose Library collections in the form of a paper, digital project, performance, or poster since January of the preceding year;
  • allow library staff to display their research project for public viewing following receipt of the Rackoff Prize.

An evaluation panel comprised of Emory University faculty, librarians, and community partners will focus primarily on evidence of the applicant's archives research strategy, process, and personal learning, as summarized in an essay. Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant's class year and the requirements of the discipline. See more on the award criteria below.

Applications will be submitted through the Submittable website and must include the following elements.

  • A cover letter.
  • A letter of support from the supervising faculty member, librarian, or archivist who is familiar with your project. Individual faculty members may nominate up to three students for this award.
  • A 500-750 word essay describing your research strategies and use of Rose Library tools and resources.
  • A final version of the archives research project, which may be in the form of a paper, digital project, performance footage or images, or a poster.

For more information, please contact Gabrielle M. Dudley, Instruction Archivist, at