The Snyder Prize

In memory of founder Lee Daniel Snyder (1933–2012), the New College Conference established the Snyder Prize in 2014. The prize carries an honorarium of $400 and is given to the best paper presented at the conference by a junior scholar (untenured/part-time faculty or graduate student).

The Prize is made possible by the Lee Snyder Memorial Fund; contributions to the Fund, which supports the Prize as well as New College students concentrating in Medieval & Renaissance Studies, are always welcome. Please direct any questions on the Fund or the Prize to

See the History page for more on Professor Snyder's legacy (and another great photo)

Submission Guidelines & Award Process

In order to be considered for the Snyder Prize, a paper must have already been accepted for presentation by the program committee. Submissions must consist of a CV and a completed conference paper in PDF or DOC form, sent to by 1 January of the year of the conference; thus, the submission deadline for the March 2022 conference is 1 January 2022. Submitted papers should be limited to reading length (approximately 3000 words, or 10 double-spaced pages), plus any necessary footnotes and supplementary material such as images or tables. (We will accept a single additional Powerpoint file or PDF with this supplementary material.) Each competition is judged by a distinguished senior scholar, and the prizewinner is announced at the conference in March.

Past Prize Winners

2020: Dana Hogan, a graduate student at Duke University, for "The Early Female Audience of Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes” (adjudicated by Mary Floyd-Wilson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

2018: Lorenzo Caravaggi, a graduate student at Balliol College, Oxford, for "When Violence is Not an Option: Managing Conflict in Late Thirteenth-Century Bologna" (adjudicated by Eleonora Stoppino, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign).

2016: Genevieve Carlton, assistant professor of history at the University of Louisville, for a paper on early modern cartography, “Fictional Knowledge: Venetian Claims to the Atlantic Ocean” (adjudicated by Claire Sponsler, University of Iowa).

2014: Katarzyna Lecky, assistant professor of English at Arkansas State University, for a paper on Edmund Spenser, “Romancing the Map of Faerie in the House of Busyrane” (adjudicated by Thomas F. X. Noble, Notre Dame).