Awards and Recognition

Senior Thesis Competition

Senior Honors Thesis Award (best senior honors thesis by a history major)

2017: Zhixing (George) Zhang ('17) for: "Planting the Seeds of the Modern East Asian Dilemma: Myths and New Interpretations of the Japanese Invasions of Korea, 1592-1598." 

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Monsignor Francis A. O'Brien Award (best research paper by a history major)

This prize honors a superior research paper rooted in primary sources and written during the current academic year.  It is designed especially for papers written in Department Seminars (but any research paper of at least fifteen pages is eligible).

2017: Mary Burke ('17)  for: "A 'New Class' of His Own: Milovan Dijlas and the Intellectual History of Dissent".

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Rev. Marvin R. O'Connell Award (best History Workshop paper) [nominations made by History Workshop professors]

This prize honors the best paper written in the History Workshop during the current academic year.

2017: Nora McGreevy ('19) for: "Female Voices in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire"

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O'Hagan Award (best essay or thesis in Irish history by a history major)

This prize honors a superior essay on any topic of Irish history, whether a research paper, a historiographic essay, a book review, or a topical paper.

2017: William Robert Billups ('17) for: "Two Ships Running Afoul': Irish Religion, the British State, and the Formation of the Irish National Education System"

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Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for undergraduates who study history. To be accepted into the society, one must have completed four history classes, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2, and achieve a minimum 3.7 average in your history courses. View current members of Phi Alpha Theta.