The Rhem-Schwarzmann Prize for Recognition of Student Research was 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. Papers can be in any field of study, but must be based largely on primary sources held by J. Y. Joyner Library's Manuscripts and Rare Books Department and University Archives.
First Prize: A Senator from East Carolina: John P. East, Jesse Helms, and the 1980 United States Senate Election in North Carolina by Adam Caldwell. Written for Dr. Wade Dudley.
Second Prize: ECU Riots and Protests: A Tradition of Student Activism by William Cheek. Written for Dr. John Tucker.
First Prize: Democratic Party Reformation in North Carolina: The Downfall of Furnifold Simmons and the Old South’s Political Stronghold in North Carolina by Blake Richards. Written for Dr. Wade Dudley.
Second Prize: The Lincoln Assassination: Southern Public Opinion and Reaction by Kevin Peach. Written for Dr. Donald H. Parkerson.
Second Prize: Capus Waynick and the 1948 North Carolina Gubenatorial Primary by Adam Caldwell. Written for Dr. Wade Dudley.
Third Prize: Southern Honor as Exemplified in Correspondence and Diaries from the Old South by Ashley Ann Curry. Written for Dr. David Dennard.
First Prize: Imperializm and Intimacy: The Extraordinary Relationship between a Missionary Teacher and His Student by Megan Stimits. Written for Dr. Karin Zipf
Second Prize: Capus Waynick and the 1948 North Carolina Democratic Gubernatorial Primaries by Adam Caldwell. Written for Dr. Wade Dudley
Third Prize: Southern Honor as Exemplified in Correspondence and Diaries from the Old South by Ashley Ann Curry. Written for Dr. David Dennard
First Prize: Clarence Leroy Shuping's Role in the Democratic Party Following the Election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 by Cory Adam Noe. Written for Dr. Wade Dudley
Second Prize: Unfamiliar Territory: The Union Occupation of Northeastern North Carolina, 1862-1865 by Justin Phillip White. Written for Dr. Don Parkerson
Political Divergence: A Brief History of the North Carolina Farmers' Alliance by Patrick Breshears
Lucy Cherry Crisp: 20th Century Art Practice by Alisha Beard
A New Voice: The Undiscovered Histories of the Frederick C. Douglass Ledgers by Jacqueline Kempfer
The Emergence of the Crop-Lien System in Eastern North Carolina by William O'Neal
Pearl Harbor: First Hand Accounts of December 7, 1941 by William Brown
Joseph McCarthy: The Face of the Red Scare by Melissa Jones