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Beyers Prize Winners

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The Beyers Prize recognizes Stanford students’ awareness of and interest in the university’s history, as demonstrated through the use of the University Archives, Stanford Libraries, and other sources. The society also hopes to encourage excellence in writing and research among students. Successful entries will be considered for publication in future issues of Sandstone & Tile,published three times a year by the Stanford Historical Society.

YearWinnerEssay Title
2024Mahina Kaomea (Undergraduate Division)Genealogies of Belonging: A Narrative History of Native Student Activism at Stanford University, 1894-1974
 Abigail Kahn (Graduate Division)The Community School Movement, Past and Present: A Discussion of the ‘Proposed Curriculum Procedures for Japanese Relocation Centers,’ 1942
2023no winner 
2022Julia Lindsay Milani (Undergraduate Division)Playing the Game at Your Own Risk: Dating, Sexuality, and Rape Culture at Stanford University in the 1930s
 Jevan Bhutani Yu (Undergraduate Division)Tainted Fruits of Labor: The Stanford Grape Controversy, 1988-2000
2021no winner 
2020Molly Culhane (Undergraduate Division)A More Than Adequate Dose of Nonsense: Sex, Social Regulation, and Institutional Change in Stanford’s Allen Controversy
2019Lena Catherine Giger (Undergraduate Division)The Right to Participate and the Right to Compete: Stanford Women's Athletics, 1956-1995
 Tom Westphal (Graduate Division)From Stanford Law to Shanghai: The Legal Career of the Honorable Milton J. Helmick—Last Judge of the U.S. Court for China
2018Emma Joan C. Fowler (Undergraduate Division)Aid Over Arms: Scholars Succor German-occupied Belgium in World War I
 Sapna Marfatia (Graduate Division)Beneath the Facade: Memorial Church's Venetian Mosaics
2017Holly Dayton (Undergraduate Division)Education for the Masses and for the Exceptional: On the Intersection of the History of Western Civilization and Independent Study at Stanford University, 1935-1941
2016no winner 
2015Benjamin Daniel Mercer-Gold (Undergraduate Division)From the Bushes to the Bedroom: Reframing Rape at Stanford, 1958-1992
2014Meredith Wheeler (Undergraduate Division)Moral Citizens: Coeducational Transformation at Stanford, 1965-1969
2013Cole Manley (Undergraduate Division)Cooperative Association, the Individual, and the "Robber Baron": Leland Stanford
2012Barbara Wilcox (Graduate Division)"Fremont, The Flirt": Unearthing Stanford’s World War I Battleground
2011no winner 
2010no winner 
2009Travis Koch (Undergraduate Division)The Broken Pillars of the Past: Religion, Family, and the Founding of Leland Stanford Junior University
2008Alice Ann Spurgin  (Winner, Undergraduate Division)The Farm behind "The Farm"
 Alexa Merz (Honorable Mention, Undergraduate Division)Christ and Redemption in the Death of Leland Stanford Junior
2006no winner 
2005Jane Lilly (Undergraduate Division)“If These Walls Could Talk”: A History of Roble Halls
2004Rebecca Freeland (Undergraduate Division)Segment of a Larger Whole: Gender and the Sorority Debate at Stanford University
 Tamara Venit (Graduate Division)The Chinese Who Are Living in the Vicinity: The Chinese Students Club at Stanford University, 1916–1942
2003Katherine Buchanan (Graduate Division)Barbed Wire Neurosis: Education, Assimilation, and Japanese American Internment
 Kathryn Gin (Undergraduate Division)Nineteenth-Century Interpretations of Leland Stanford Jr.’s Death
2002Lydia Poon (Inaugural winner, Undergraduate Division)The Limits of Progressive Vision: Undergraduate War Service at Stanford University, 1916-1918