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Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for Recognition of Student Research

Established by Mrs. Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann, the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize annually recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors and seniors at East Carolina University. Cash prizes in the amount of $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. Submissions must adhere to the following rules:

  • Papers can be in any field of study, but must be based largely on primary sources held by the J.Y. Joyner Library's Special Collections, which is made up of the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, University Archives, and North Carolina Collection.

  • Submissions can come from any course or project produced when the entrant was enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior at East Carolina University.

  • Each paper should be not less than 10 pages/2,500 words in length submitted works will be judged on the basis of (a) originality of the topic or thesis; (b) quality of research; (c) quality of style, including documentation; and (d) overall excellence. There is no upper limit for submissions.

  • Papers written during the spring or fall semester of 2016 are eligible. Papers must be submitted electronically by February 17, 2017. The author should include contact information (permanent address, e-mail address, and telephone number). Microsoft Word or PDF files are acceptable for submission.

Winners will be notified during spring semester of 2017.

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Arthur Carlson, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. For more information, call 328-6838 or send an e-mail message to

For more information about Manuscripts and Rare Books, University Archives, and the North Carolina Collection please see

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