2019- Dylan Therrialt, Colby College, "Tradition, Inclusivity, and Participation in Maine's Contemporary Contra Dance Culture; an Example of a Progressive Traditional Practice”
2018- Holland Rhodd-Lee, Wellesley College, “Punch’s Alley: How Commerce and Music Shape Hook-up Culture and Erotic Capital at Wellesley College”
2018 Honorable mention - Franziska Seehausen, New England Conservatory, “A Fresh Look at the Study of Yiddish Folksongs”
2017-Sayeed Joseph, Skidmore College, "We Gon' Be Alright": Mental Health and the Blues in Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly
2016-Lea Peterson, Skidmore College, “My Anaconda Don’t Want None Unless You Got – Feminist Values, Hun”
2015-Walker Kennedy, Bowdoin College, "Music Streaming Services, Programming Culture, and the Politics of Listening"
2014-Lucas Avidan, Middlebury College, "A Voce of Their Own: Bongo Flava Music and Youth identity in Contemporary Tanzania"
2013-Dante Francomano, Middlebury College "The Transaction of Power in Ugandan Musical Pedagogy"
2012-Nicole Hansen, Middlebury College, "Violin in Carnatic and Western Classical Music Traditions"
2011-Briana Murphy, Wellesley College, "The Heart of the Heartland: Evolution of Bluegrass Fiddling in Middle Tennessee"