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This award is named in honor of Cecil W. Wooten who received his PhD from the Classics department in 1972 and returned to join the faculty in 1981. It is awarded to a graduate teaching assistant in the department who has been nominated by a faculty member, a graduate student, or an undergraduate student for excellence in teaching.

2020: Amanda Ball
Pursuing a PhD in Classical Archaeology, on the topic of “Material Expressions of Culture Contact in Coastal Aegean Thrace”

This annual award was established in 1983 through a bequest of Preston H. Epps, a faculty member in the Department starting in 1915 and Professor of Greek from 1943 until his retirement in 1961. As described by the late Professor Epps in his will, it goes to “that student who said faculty shall judge shows the greatest interest and promise in coming to understand the Greek language, literature, history, and outlook.” All junior and senior Classics majors and minors and graduate students of Greek at UNC are eligible. Up to 2017 it was awarded annually to either an undergraduate or a graduate student; starting in 2018, two awards have been made each year, one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student. See the undergraduate student recipients here.

2020: Hannah Sorscher
Pursuing a PhD in Classics under Sharon James, working title of dissertation is “Unconventional Families in Roman Comedy”


2019: Nathan Smolin
Pursuing a PhD in Classics (Historical Emphasis), dissertation currently named “Christ the Emperor: Roman Imperial Ideology and Theology in the 4th century”


2018: Brian McPhee
Pursuing a PhD in Classics under Patricia Rosenmeyer, dissertation currently named “Apollonius’ Argonautica and the Homeric Hymns”.


There are several different Fulbright grants graduate students can apply for. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, for example, allows graduate students to study, research, or teach abroad. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and run by the Center of Global Initiatives at UNC. For further information on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program (or the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad), see the CGI website here. For more information on other Fulbright programs, click here.

2019: Sarah Hilker
Pursuing a PhD in Classical Archaeology under Donald Haggis, dissertation title is “From Houses to Communities: A Consideration of Mycenaean”


2018: Emma Buckingham
Dissertation is “Identity and Material Culture in the Interplay of Locals and Greek Settlers in Sicily in the Early Archaeic Period”


2018: Katie Tardio
Pursuing a PhD in Classical Archaeology under Jennifer Gates-Foster and B. Arbuckle, dissertation currently named “Roman Conquest and Changes in Animal Economy in the North-East of the Iberian Peninsula”


Previous Winners
2016: Matthew Schueller
2009: Elizabeth Robinson
The Olivia James Traveling Fellowship is a $24,000 award for travel and study in Greece, Cyprus, Sicily, southern Italy, Turkey, or Mesopotamia. This fellowship is offered by the Archaeological Institute of America to support doctoral research.

2020: Brandon Baker
Pursuing a PhD in Classical Archaeology, dissertation currently named “The Roman Karystia”


Previous winners
2012: Rebecca Worsham
2009: Elizabeth Robinson
The American Academy in Rome awards about 30 artists and scholars under several disciplines to recognize their cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities.

2019: Brian McPhee – Arthur Ross Rome Prize
Pursuing a PhD in Classics under Patricia Rosenmeyer, dissertation named “Blessed Heroes: Apollonius’ Argonautica and the Homeric Hymns


2011: Elizabeth Robinson – Irene Rosenzweig/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize
Dissertation is “The Impact of Roman Expansion in Central-Southern Italy: The Case of Larinum”

This award is given to nominated graduate teaching assistants to recognize their excellence in teaching. Recipients are awarded with a $5,000 stipend and a framed citation.

2017: Will Begley
2016: Cicek Beeby
2011: Elizabeth Greene
Ted Gellar-Goad
2000: Shane Hawkins
1999: Eric Dugdale