Named in honour of Professor Richard J. Carwardine, FBA, Rhodes Professor Emeritus of American History at Oxford, this prize is awarded annually to the M.St. student in U.S. History who is judged by the course convenors to have been the outstanding overall student of the cohort. 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. Avery W. Broadbent and William S. Broadbent, Jr. both studied in Oxford at the RAI and received a M.St. in 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.