Groomis Awards for Summer Projects

 2014 Groomis Award Winners

Winners of the 9th annual Groomis Award competition were announced on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the spring picnic of Delta Chi, St. Olaf’s chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics honor society.  Groomis Awards provide financial support for St. Olaf students who are undertaking worthy Classics-related summer projects.

This year’s winners are Nicholas A. Gantt, a junior from Lincolnshire, Illinois, majoring in Ancient Studies and Mathematics, and Leif D. McLellan, a sophomore from Shoreview, Minnesota, majoring in Ancient Studies.

Both Nick and Leif will travel to Gazipasa, Turkey, in July to participate in the Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project. They will also be enrolled in a new St. Olaf summer-school course (History 202: Mediterranean Archaeology Field School), taught by Tim Howe, Professor of History. Nick plans to focus on ancient coinage (Antiochia was an important Roman commercial center), culminating in an independent research project next fall. Leif is interested in learning proper excavation techniques and state-of-the-art research methods as he considers a career as a classical archaeologist.

Groomis Awards (up to $500 each) are funded from the Groton and Loomis Endowments. The former was established by Anne H. Groton, Professor of Classics at St. Olaf.  The latter was established by Kenneth and Kathleen Loomis; their son Stephen Loomis graduated from St. Olaf in 1997 with a double major in Latin and Mathematics.


List of Groomis Award Winners, 2006-2013

2006 Groomis Award Winners

Michael W. Gulden ’08
Archaeological Field School, University of Utah

Emily C. Holm ’08
Intensive Latin Workshop, University of California-Berkeley


2007 Groomis Award Winners

Holly M. Browskowski ’07
Internship at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Kayla A. Rasmussen ’08
Intensive German Summer Language Program, Middlebury College


2008 Groomis Award Winner

Adrienne C. Rowell ’10
Excavation of Saninsera, Roman town on the Cape of Cavelleria, Menorca, Spain


2009 Groomis Award Winner

Elizabeth S. Creager ’12
Participation in the Annual Institute of the American Classical League


2010 Groomis Award Winners

Katherine A. Crawford ’11
Villa delle Vignacce Summer Archaeology Field School in Rome

Justin L. Luthey ’11
Seminars at J. Paul Getty Villa in Malibu; visit to Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at Azusa Pacific University


2011 Groomis Award Winners

Katherine A. Crawford ’11
Excavation in Stobi, Macedonia, sponsored by the Balkan Heritage Field School

Kristofer D. Coffman’13
Textbooks for independent study of Biblical Hebrew


2012 Groomis Award Winners

Emily Marie Sandquist  ’13
Books for independent study of Tractatus Super Psalmos by Hilary of Poitiers

Natasha E. Hellen ’13
Textbooks for independent study of forensic archaeology

Kristofer D. Coffman’13
Norwegian-Latin dictionary for independent research as Rand Scholar at the University of Oslo


2013 Groomis Award Winners

Chance E. Bonar ’15
Presentation of paper on Alexander the Great at history conference in Athens, Greece

Morgan M. Wychor ’15
Archaeological field work at Anamur Museum and Antiochia ad Cragum in Turkey