Awards and Recognitions

Senior Thesis Competition

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

Last year’s winner was Caitlin O'Connor ('16) for "Bringing the War Home: Witnessing, Remembering, and British Photography of the First World War".

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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).

Last year’s winners were Kelly Laco ('16) with "Anzac Memory and the Great War: A Bloody Defeat Transformed into a Victory for Australian Nationalism" and Zhixing "George" Zhang ('17) with "'Though Dead He Still Liveth': The Chinese Labour Corps in the First World War".

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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.

Last year's winner was Connor Compton ('18) with "Pushing Agendas Through Tragedy: The Use of Triangle Fire for Social Reform and Personal Gain".

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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.

Last years winner was Megan Ball ('16) with "The Shan Van Vocht: A Lens for the Irish Cultural Revival".

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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.