2019 - present
The Margaret Yocom Folklore Prize is awarded annually to the best student papers in folklore at George Mason University. Prizes are awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate level and are distributed at the English Department's annual awards ceremony. The award is named after Professor Emerita Margaret Yocom, who founded Mason's Folklore Studies Program. She retired in 2013 after 36 years of teaching at George Mason.
The Jack Leggett Folklore Award provided funds to one or more graduate students in Folklore to defray the cost of traveling to and attending the American Folklore Society's (AFS) annual conference. During the review of the graduate students' conference proposals, the Folklore faculty selected at least one student to receive the award. The faculty selected the student(s) who submitted the most promising proposal(s) and who would benefit the most from the AFS conference experiences.
Award recipients were announced at the English Department Award Ceremony.
The Jack Leggett Award was made possible by a gift from Lynn Leggett, a 2009 graduate of the M.A. Program in Folklore in honor of her late father, Jack Leggett.