George Mills Harper Graduate Student Travel Fund Award 

In honor of past president George Mills Harper, SAMLA maintains the Harper Fund Award to provide graduate students with travel funds to attend its annual conference.

Professor Harper’s academic career spanned over 50 years, and he provided exceptional leadership and service to the association. From his early years on the family farm in the Ozarks to his matriculation from Culver-Stockton College to UNC-Chapel Hill to his later chairmanship of the English Department at Florida State University, Harper concentrated his writing and research efforts in Irish studies, particularly focusing on W. B. Yeats. In 1981, Dr. Harper received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in recognition for his critical work in studying Yeats and the occult.

To be eligible for nomination, graduate students must: 1) be presenting as part of a panel or session at the current year's conference and 2) establish or renew their SAMLA membership.

The nomination deadline for the 2019 edition of this award has passed.
Please contact Dan Abitz at [email protected] or (404) 413-5816 with any questions.

 2018 George Mills Harper Graduate Student Travel Fund Award Winner

Jeff Carr, Miami University (Ohio)
“Forgotten Wars and Neglected Texts: Remembering Mark Twains’s
Anti-Imperialist Writings for a New Tumultuous Age

Honorable Mention
Adrienne Erazo, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“La desviación sexual como activismo en Arias de don Giovanni” /
“Sexual Deviance as Activism in Arias de Don Giovanni