Michael T. and Phyllis J. Walton Award
This award has been established to honor the many years of support, service, and enthusiasm for the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association of Michael T. Walton and Phyllis J. Walton. Over the twenty-seven years he was with us, Michael Walton gave twenty-four papers, some joint with his companion in life and scholarship, his wife Phyllis. He organized two of our conferences (2000 and 2011); he drafted our Constitution; he helped guide our transition from a hard-copy to an electronic journal; and from 1996- 2013, he brought continuity to our Board. Phyllis Walton has likewise served the RMMRA in many different and essential capacities, including as treasurer, and with Michael wrote four distinguished monographs. This award is meant to recognize the particular informal support both Waltons have given to junior scholars at the RMMRA conferences and elsewhere.
The Michael and Phyllis Walton Awards will be available to graduate students in any medieval or Renaissance field of study who are presenting papers at the annual Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference and who have not defended their degree-granting projects at the time of the meeting. There will be a maximum of four awards for each conference: $250, which will be sent out in check form before the conference, plus waiver of the registration and RMMRA membership fees.
The deadline for applications will be six weeks prior to each year’s conference. Applicants should submit the following:
- a one-page abstract of the paper to be presented
- a one-paragraph reflection on the expected educational and/or professional benefits of attendance
- a complete copy of the paper to be presented, which may not exceed 12 pages, double-spaced
- a curriculum vitae
Applicants will send materials by email to the RMMRA president.
The applications will be judged by the RMMRA president and an appointed committee from the Executive Council, using professionalism, academic quality of paper, and benefit from attendance as general criteria. The president and committee should recuse themselves in instances of potential conflicts of interest. Graduate student members of the Executive Council may apply, but in cases of equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to non-Council members. If possible, the awards will be advertised on the conference call-for-papers and RMMRA website, and publicized to conference participants. The award amounts and number of awards may be adjusted according to the state of RMMRA finances; the deadline may also be shifted if appropriate. ——————————————————————————————————————————-
If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the Walton Award Fund, please contact the current RMMRA treasurer. Your tax-deductible donation will be greatly appreciated.