Grad Student Wins Prestigious Award

unknownCongratulations to current History Graduate Student Bradford Pelletier on winning the Worthington Prize!

“The Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) announced the winner of the 2016 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Research Paper Competition. First prize in the graduate category was awarded to Bradford Pelletier, a history master’s candidate at the College of Charleston for his paper, “Bristling Dixie: Combat Trauma and the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, 1861-1870.”

The first-prize winner receives $1500 and is invited to publish his papers in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association. Papers were judged by: Dr. Charles S. Bryan, professor emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Medicine and former editor of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association; Dr. Cara Delay, associate professor and interim director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston; and Dr. Peter McCandless, professor emeritus, department of history at the College of Charleston.

Bradford Pelletier was born in Kennebunk, Maine. He is a graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut.  He received his bachelor’s degree in history and French from Roanoke College and is currently a history master’s candidate at the College of Charleston. Bradford’s thesis examines 19th-century medical perceptions of combat trauma in the wake of the American Civil War. Hoping to continue this research and eventually teach, he is pursuing acceptance to a PhD program next fall.

The W. Curtis Worthington Research Paper Competition is named for Dr. W. Curtis Worthington Jr., former director of the Waring Historical Library, and is in its ninth year. The Award was established to encourage students to contribute to the scholarship about the history of medicine and to reward those whose work is truly exemplary. For more information or to find out how to support the award, visit

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