The 2016-17 Haarlow Prize was awarded to Gunnar Rice ’17 and Tali Pelts ’20 for the two best papers submitted to a 200-level Humanistics Studies course.
Gunnar Rice ’17, an English concentrator, was recognized for his paper, Too Vivid for the Minutiae of Science: Disciplinary Permeability and Literally Poetic Science in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – written for HUM225/ENG226: Frankenstein at 200.
The second Haarlow prize was awarded to Tali Pelts for Exploration of the Self – Chaos of Content and Form – a close reading of a Montaigne passage written for HUM218-219. Pelts is a sophomore who serves as the education chair of Yavneh, the Orthodox Jewish community at Princeton and as a Humanities Mentor.
Submissions are nominated by course instructors and judged by a faculty panel at the end of each academic year using the criteria of originality of thesis; depth of insight; skill of presentation and the significance of the paper’s contribution to a new understanding of a text or issue. Equal weight is given to research papers and to works in which students offer their own interpretation of a particular text or passage. Papers may be short textual analyses or longer studies.
The Haarlow prizes are awarded by the Humanistic Studies program in memory of the late A. William Haarlow III ’63, who cared deeply about Humanistic Studies. His generosity and that of his family have helped make the program flourish.