Department Awards

  • Al Vos Shakespearean Experience Award

    Al Vos Shakespearean Experience Award

    This award will be made annually to an undergraduate student, from any major, planning to visit any of the four premier Shakespeare Centers: the Folger Shakespeare Library along with its offshoot, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, in Washington, DC; the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA; the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Canada; or the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and other Shakespearean venues in Stratford, England. This award will be utilized by the student(s) to defray expenses associated with the in-person visit to the site.

    Eligible applicants will be those who are visiting a site they have not previously visited. Students participating in the English Department’s London Program or other study-abroad programs which include an organized trip to Stratford are not eligible to apply for this award.

    Interested students will be asked to complete an application and provide a detailed explanation of why they chose their center destination, the resources they drew upon to make their choice, and their anticipated itinerary and plan. Make every effort to attend at least one performance of a Shakespeare play. Students should describe specific ways in which they will make their visit a rich learning experience and, as background, should include a brief account of their own experience of Shakespeare. The recipients must also agree to submit a two-page report of their experiences at the center upon their return from their destination.  

    This initiative will be coordinated by the Chair of the English Department. The English Department will coordinate the announcement of the opportunity and convene the selection committee consisting of faculty members who teach courses in Shakespeare.   

    This fund will provide an annual award of $2,000, as donor funding allows. If, in a given year this honor cannot be awarded, two recipients may be selected the following year.

    Application Deadline: April 1, 2025

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  • The Andrew Bergman ’65 Award in Creative Writing

    Made possible through the generosity of Andrew Bergman '65, LittD '94, the Andrew Bergman Award in Creative Writing is presented to a current Harpur College student who excels in creative writing. Award recipients are selected through a writing competition, which is stewarded by the Creative Writing Program, the Harpur College Dean’s Office and the Binghamton University Foundation.

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