The inaugural Carwardine Prize for the year's outstanding U.S. History Master's student has been awarded to Megan Armknecht. In announcing the award, RAI Director Jay Sexton said, "Megan is a truly deserving winner of the inaugural Carwardine Prize for the most outstanding student in the U.S. History MSt course. Her research on the 'diplomatic household' managed by Louisa Catherine Adams is ground-breaking and should in the future see publication. But what is more is that Megan was an active, energetic, and consistent contributor to RAI events. The RAI was a much better place this year for her presence."
Named in honour of Professor Richard J. Carwardine, FBA, Rhodes Professor Emeritus of American History at Oxford, the prize will be awarded annually to the Master's student in U.S. History who is judged by the course convenors to be the outstanding overall student of the year. In selecting the recipient, the convenors consider not only final marks and ranking, but also the energy, enthusiasm, and enterprise that candidates brought to their research, studies, and seminar discussions over the course of the year.
The prize has been endowed by a generous donation from the William S. Broadbent Family and is funded by the net income from this sum. Avery W. Broadbent and William S. Broadbent, Jr. both studied in Oxford at the RAI and received Master of Studies, Modern History. The prize reflects Professor Carwardine’s outstanding contribution to the study of U.S. history and the Broadbent Family’s gratitude to him as a teacher and scholar.
The Rothermere American Institute would like to record its gratitude to the Broadbent Family for its generosity in establishing the prize.