Folklore Program Announces Yocom Prize Winners

The Folklore Program received a large number of submissions for this year’s Margaret R. Yocom Prize. The Yocom Prize honors the best paper written about folklore by a George Mason University student during the previous calendar year and is named after Margaret R. Yocom, Associate Professor Emerita and founder of Mason’s Folklore Program. This year’s submissions demonstrated the wide-ranging work of folklore students at Mason.

After careful deliberation, the committee agreed to award graduate student Sarah Holland for their paper “Folklore in (Sort of, Maybe Not Entirely) Vacuo’: An Exploration of Creative Writing, Ethnography, and the Works Overlooked.” Holland will complete their graduate certificate in Folklore Studies this spring. The committee also recognized fellow graduate student Amanda Ellard’s paper “Cases of Taoist Folkloresque in Popular Chinese Digital Media” with an honorable mention.

The committee also provided awards for undergraduate students and Carmen Polupa,’s paper, “Folklore Interview Project: Tattoos and Their Cultural Significance” was awarded the prize, with Girasol O’Neill’s work “Urban Gardens as Folklore” receiving an honorable mention.

The folklore faculty is grateful for the many submissions and Prof. Yocom’s generous financial support that made this year’s prize possible.