Professor Karl D. Uitti Memorial Thesis Fund

Supports undergraduate research for senior theses related to medieval topics.


Undergraduate students who are either:

  • Certificate Students in Medieval Studies
  • Majoring in: Art & Archaeology, Classics, English, French & Italian, Spanish & Portuguese Languages and Cultures, German, History, Music, and Near Eastern Studies and having a thesis topic as closely related as possible to the academic focus of the Program in Medieval Studies.
How to Apply

Prepare the following:

  • 1-2 page description of the project and plans for use of the Uitti grant
  • A budget

Submit the application through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE)

Application Deadlines

Funding for Travel & Research
Fall Break 2019
Application Opens:  September 1, 2019
Application Closes:  November  9, 2019

Winter Break 2019
Application Opens:  November 1, 2019
Application Closes:  November  30, 2019

Spring Break 2020
Application Opens:  January 1, 2020
Application Closes:  February 21, 2020

Summer Break 2020
Application Opens:  Feruary 22, 2020
Application Closes:  Friday, May 4, 2020

Students may also contact the Program Director, Helmut Reimitz, for more information.


Joseph R. Strayer Prize in Medieval Studies

The Joseph R. Strayer Prize in Medieval Studies is given annually to a graduating senior who, in the judgment of the faculty, has done outstanding work in some area of medieval studies. Preference shall be given to a student who writes a thesis on Medieval European Studies (800-1500) or on a topic in medieval art or architecture. Candidates must have taken an advanced course in Latin and a course in medieval art or architecture, or in Classical Islamic Art or Architecture.

A second or “runner-up” candidate shall be given Honorable Mention and shall receive a certificate in recognition of his or her efforts.

The Prize may also be divided equally between two students, if the faculty deem they are equally worthy.

2017 Strayer Prize Co-Winners

Daniel R. Elkind – “The Politics of Hagiography in Late Merovingian Francia:  An Archaeology of the Passio Leudegarii I”

Whitney Sha – “How to Do Things with Names”

2016 Strayer Prize Co-Winners

Alejandro Cuadrado – “The Poetics of Pilgrimage in Dante’s Commedia”
Ryan Low – “A New Assessment of Private Jurisdiction and Royal Power in Medieval Paris”

2015 Strayer Prize Co-Winners

Luca L. Politi – “Christian Paideia: Models from the Church Fathers”
Melissa Tu – “Medieval Polyphony’s Prayers and Love-Songs: Dialogues between Sacred and Profane Voices in the Montpellier Codex”

2013 Strayer Prize Winner

Madeline McMahon – “‘Ani one example of the primitiue Churche’: Church History and Confessional Identity in Sixteeth-Century England”

2012 Strayer Prize Co-Winners

Emily Kirkegaard – “Byzantium in Carolingian Eyes: Strategies of Competition and Distinction”
Michelle Ripplinger – “The Female Reader in Middle English Literature, c. 1370-1450”

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