Senior Honors Thesis Award
Awarded for the best senior honors thesis by a history major.
2022: Grace Doerfler, "Finding the Voices of Catholic Sisters in the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis"
Monsignor Francis A. O'Brien Award
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).
2022: Erin Reilly, "The Lives of Li Si and Wei Qing: Insights into the Qin-Han Dynasties"
Rev. Marvin R. O'Connell Award
This prize honors the best paper written in the History Workshop during the current academic year (by faculty nomination; judged annually in the Fall semester).
2021: (co-winner) Naya Tadavarthy, "Fashion's Other Women"
2021: (co-winner, first-year) Olivia Ortega, "Reform without Change
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.
2022: Shea Murphy, "'Unsexed Viragoes': Evaluating Militant Women in Early 20th-Century Ireland"
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for undergraduate history majors. To be accepted into the society, a student must have completed four history classes, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2, and achieve a minimum 3.8 average in history courses. New initiates will be announced annually in mid-April.
An archive of past award winners can be found here.