Senior Honors Thesis Award

Awarded for the best senior honors thesis by a history major.

2019: Shannon Hennessey, "When Loving You Meant Loving America: How Popular Representations of Interracial Sex, Marriage, and Family Allowed for Hawai'i's Statehood"

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).

2019: Jacquelyn Aguirre, " Land of Sugar, Not So Sweet: Analyzing the Link Between Slavery and the Sexualization of Women of Color in 19th Century Cuba"

Rev. Marvin R. O'Connell Award

This prize honors the best paper written in the History Workshop during the current academic year (faculty nomination).

2018: (co-winner) Sierra Gonzales, "Frenzied Women or Fierce Political Actors: The Agency of Women in the Triangle Fire." 

2018: (co-winner) Claire DeSelm, "The African American Citizen in the 1948 Election: Hearing the Voices Denied." 

O'Hagan Award

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.

2019: Marea Hurson, ​​"Mea Culpa: An Examination of The Church's Culpability in Its Own Decline in Ireland Between The Papal Visits (1979-2018)"

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.