For Immediate Release:
November 4, 1996
Center for Research on Vermont to Offer
George B. Bryan Memorial Award for Student Research
The Center for Research on Vermont announces that it will offer an
annual student research award, beginning in Spring 1997, in memory of
University of Vermont (UVM) Professor of Theatre and former Center
Director George B. Bryan (1939-1996).
A prolific and internationally acclaimed scholar, generous colleague,
and inspiring mentor since his arrival at UVM in 1971, Dr. Bryan was
particularly well known in Vermont for his research documenting the
state's rich theatrical tradition. A member of the Center for
Research on Vermont's first Executive Committee, he edited its
earliest publication (_Focus: Vermont 1975_) and subsequently published
two Center Occasional Papers, #13, _A Historical Who's Who of Vermont
Theatre_ (1991), and #18, _The Light of Other Days: The First Twenty
Years of the Center for Research on Vermont_ (1995), in addition to
giving public presentations on his Vermont research. In 1986 he was
named director of the Center for Research on Vermont, and he served
in this position until 1992. During this time he was a familiar
figure to Greater Burlington area audiences, who flocked to the
programs over which he presided as director of the National Endowment
for the Humanities-funded project, "We Vermonters: Perspectives on
the Past," which was jointly sponsored by the Center, Burlington's
Fletcher Free Library, and the Vermont Historical Society.
Support for the student research award is from a special fund
established by the Center for Research on Vermont in memory of Dr.
Bryan. According to UVM Professor of English and current Center
Director Paul Eschholz, "This fund will be used to recognize and
encourage the excellence in scholarship on Vermont that Dr. Bryan
himself so prized." Tax-deductible contributions to the fund may be
directed to the Center for Research on Vermont.
The Center invites college and university undergraduate students to
submit course projects which demonstrate superior treatment of a
Vermont theme and which do not exceed 25 typed pages. Each project
must be nominated in writing by the faculty member who taught the
course for which it was completed. To be eligible for the 1997
competition, projects must have been completed within the calendar
year beginning January 1, 1996, and ending December 31, 1996.
An award committee will judge projects on the basis of their
creativity, analysis, and quality of presentation. Although the
Center anticipates that the majority of projects submitted will be in
the form of papers written in conjunction with a semester-long
course, other project formats are encouraged. A word of caution:
Students contemplating submitting electronic records should first
contact Center Coordinator Kristin Peterson-Ishaq for information
The deadline for the submission of projects is February 3, 1997, with
a prior deadline--January 22, 1997--for letters of intent.
The first presentation of the George B. Bryan Memorial Award is
planned for the Center's Annual Meeting on May 1, 1997. For more
information, contact Kristin Peterson-Ishaq, Center for Research on
Vermont, Nolin House, 589 Main Street, University of Vermont,
Burlington, VT 05401- 3439, 802-656-4389, email: <[log in to unmask]>.
Coordinator, Center for Research on Vermont
University of Vermont
Nolin House, 589 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401-3439
Email: [log in to unmask]