TRAHA Award 2016 for Martina van Cimmenaede (University of Amsterdam)

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.

Her Journey report through The North Dakota Badlands

Martina van Cimmenaede in the Badlands of North Dakota

Martina van Cimmenaede in the Badlands of North Dakota

Martina with Sharon Kilzer, project manager of the TR Center at Dickinson State University

Martina with Sharon Kilzer, project manager of the TR Center at Dickinson State University


Pitchfork Steak Fondue

Roos Maier (University of Amsterdam) won the second prize for her thesis "Remembering a Counterculture: Visuality, Orality, and Imagination in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Tar Baby".
 

Jury report

Theses nominated for the TRAHA awards as of the beginning of this program in 1987

Pictured here is prize winner Martina van Cimmenaede with a bust of Theodore Roosevelt and Roosevelt Study Director Kees van Minnen


From left to right: TRAHA prize winner of 2015 Caramay Schmelzer, Jury member Dr. George Blaustein (University of Amsterdam), Martina van Cimmenaede,  jury member Professor Joanne van der Woude (University of Groningen) and Kees van Minnen Director Roosevelt Study Center

 

The TRAHA 2016 nominees, jury and RSC director in front of the RSC at the Abbey in Middelburg