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Michael F. Bassman Honors College Thesis Award: About the Award

This award was established in 2010 by Joyner Library, to honor Dr. Michael Bassman, the first Distinguished Honors Professor in the Honors College of East Carolina University.

Award Guidelines


 Michael F. Bassman Honors College Thesis/Project Award Guidelines

The Michael F. Bassman Honors College Thesis Award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in East Carolina University's Honors College. The award, in the amount of $500, is sponsored by the Joyner Library and honors Dr. Michael F. Bassman, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures, formerly Associate Vice Chancellor of the Honors Program, and its first Distinguished Honors Professor.

The following guidelines apply for the 2021-2022 cycle:  

Theses are to be submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for graduation from East Carolina University and be approved by the Honors College. Theses/projects will be successfully submitted in Summer 2021, December 2021, and  Spring 2022. 

Theses will be judged both on the quality of the research as well as the quality of the writing. The recipient of the award will exemplify the ideals of the Honors College of strong character, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to academic success. The winner of the award will also reflect in their coursework and extracurricular activities Dr. Bassman's belief in the value of a liberal education. The Committee may request that the candidate provide a transcript or listing of courses taken. The thesis/project must be submitted by the thesis/project advisor (or another faculty member familiar with the student and the quality of the student's thesis/project work), with the student’s permission. It must be accompanied by a paragraph attesting to the quality of the research/project and to the best of your knowledge, whether this student reflects the ideals of the Honors College as expressed above - strong character, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to academic success. Additional letters of faculty support are not required but may be submitted.  Students who are nominated will also submit a resume if requested. Candidates will meet with the Bassman Award Committee in person or virtually for a brief interview prior to the decision.

An electronic copy (email attachment) should be sent to

A cover sheet must accompany the paper, containing: 

  • Student's name
  • Local and/or permanent addresses
  • Local and/or permanent telephone numbers
  • Email address
  • Advisor's name
  • Statement giving permission to post the paper/project on the Joyner Library website, and to deposit the thesis in the ECU Institutional Repository, the ScholarShip


Deadline:  Entries must be submitted to Bryna Coonin, by Friday April 1, 2022.  Email:

Papers/projects will be judged by a panel of judges comprised of faculty from Joyner Library as well as academic faculty from a relevant area, based upon the area of topic of the thesis. 

Papers/projects will not be returned after the judging has been completed. 

One winner will be selected. The winner will be notified by April 13, 2022 and will receive a cash award of $500. The winner will be recognized at the Honors College Medallion Ceremony in Spring 2022.

Only entries conforming to these rules may be considered.

For more information, please contact Bryna Coonin by phone (252) 328-0431 or e-mail (