The best application in any given academic year will be awarded a special named grant, the R. Stephen and Ruth Barrett Family Grant for Best Undergraduate Research Proposal. This competitive prize carries a $500 award.
Other named grants that may be awarded to particularly strong applications include:
- The Snider Family Endowment for Excellence in European Studies
- The Katie Murphy McMahon Grant for Russian and East-Central European Studies
- The Dr. Charles C. Price Memorial Fund for East-Central European Studies.
Previous Barrett Prize Winners
"The Role of Women in the 20th Century Irish Struggle for Independence: A Study of the Relationship Between the Irish Suffrage Movement and the Involvement of Women in the 1916 Easter Rising"
2021 | Majors in History and Film, Television and Theatre
"The First World War and the Experience of Soldiers at the Somme, 1916"
2020 | Major in History
"Cold War Counterinsurgencies: Britain's Small-War Strategy and Decolonization in Malaya and Kenya"
2019 | Major in History and Political Science
"The Effects of Financial Law on Iceland's Public Risk Preferences"
2018 | Major in Economics
"Golden Frontier: How the Portuguese Empire Used Indigenous Knowledge to Unlock the Riches of Minas Gerais"
2017 | Major in History and Economics
"British Colonialism: Legacy and Development of Healthcare in British Colonies"
2016 | Majors in Neuroscience & Behavior, Arts & Letters Pre-Professional Studies, and French & Francophone Studies
"Tradition, Innovation, and Critique: Visual Representation of World War I in Britain"
2015 | Major in History and Economics
"What is Whiteness? Race in 19th Century France"
2014 | Majors in French and History
"Newman and Wittgenstein: Reflections on Certitude"
2013 | Majors in Philosophy and Theology and Italian
"Epidemiological Archaeology in Ireland and Its Implications for Public Health Solutions Abroad"
2012 | Majors in Biological Sciences and Anthropology
"German National Defense Politics and Catholics in the Second Reich"
2011 | Major in History
Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Spain
"The Basque and Irish Troubles in Film: Establishing a Connection and Career"
2010 | Major in Film, Television and Theatre
Germany and Switzerland
"The Censored Playwright: An Investigation into the Motives of Frank Wedekind and the Reactions of His Critics"
2009 | Majors in English and German
"The Struggle to Define Empire in Colonial French Indochina, 1940-1945"
2008 | Majors in History and French
"From Subjugation to Sovereignty: The Judicial Development of Women’s Rights in Ireland, 1970-1976"
2007 | Majors in Political Science and Philosophy
"Ethnic and Social Divisions Among Asylum Seekers in Ireland"
2006 | Major in Anthropology with a supplemental major in Peace Studies
"Spanish Women and Their Evolving Role in France's Falange Party"
2005 | Major in History
"The Mandate for Health and the Dilemma of Professionalization: Britain and the Development of Tropical Medicine, 1895-1914"
2004 | Majors in Pre-Professional (Pre-Medical) Studies and History