William Bryan Gates Graduate Award in English
For a graduate student majoring in English with a minimum overall 3.50 GPA and positive traits such as creativity, a talent for self-expression, enthusiasm, good judgment, and an ability to inspire others. Must be recommended by a member of the English Department graduate faculty. Administered by the Student Awards and Scholarships Committee. Two awarded.
This award serves as a memorial to Dean Emeritus William Bryan Gates, who served as head of the English Department, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and dean of the Graduate School. W.B. Gates was a renowned Shakespearean scholar and an Americanist who published major studies of James Fenimore Cooper and others. The award was established as a memorial by his wife, Professor Emeritus Eunice Joiner Gates.