Award for Academic Excellence
Every year the RSC presents the Theodore Roosevelt American History Award (TRAHA) for the best Master thesis written by a graduate student at a Dutch university on an American history topic. Sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and the American Embassy in The Hague, the TRAHA is designed to stimulate the study of United States history and culture. The award also encourages students to use the unique RSC archival resources.
Since the establishment of the award in 1987 (called the Lawrence J. Saunders Award from 1987-1994 and from 1995 on to the present the TRAHA) the Dutch universities with American History / American Studies or History programs (Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden, Nijmegen, Utrecht, and Rotterdam) have nominated over 200 masters theses for the Award.
On April 8, 2016 the TRAHA was awarded to Martina van Cimmenaede, a graduate student of the University of Amsterdam, for her thesis “The Sexually Charged Office: An Analysis of Sexual Harassment and Gender Relations in the Workplace between 1940-1975". She has won a trip to North Dakota where she was hosted by the TR Medora Foundation and the TR Center at Dickinson State University in the summer of 2016.