Each year we’re honored to offer awards to students who have excelled in their work in the department.
Students need not be history majors to qualify for the awards. Winners of the awards are announced at the annual Honors Convocation in April and celebrated at a departmental award ceremony.
The William Cohen History Prize
A cash award to the senior student(s) whose paper in the history seminar was deemed the most outstanding for the current academic year.
2022 Recipients: Grace Pettinger and Katherine Winter
Future History Teacher Prize
A cash award for the most promising future teacher. Based on commitment to the discipline and achievement in both history and education courses.
2022 Recipient: Alec Driscol
The Ray de Young History Prize
A cash award to the senior student(s) whose interest, achievement and promise in history, as indicated by his or her academic record and a significant piece of historical research, most merit the award.
2022 Recipients: Maria Seidl and Mary Kamara-Hagemeyer
The Robert L. Melka Memorial Award
A cash prize awarded annually to a freshman or sophomore for an essay in European history that is judged superior by the faculty of the Department of History.
2022 Recipient: Hannah Lever
Miles Award in Law
An annual cash award established by Judge Wendell A. Miles in honor of his father, Judge Fred Thomas Miles, presented to a senior student whose promise in the study of law is judged superior by the faculty of the Department of History.
2022 Recipient: Joseph Mekis
Metta J. Ross History Prize
A cash award to the junior student whose interest, achievement and promise in history most merit recognition, in the judgment of the history faculty, as indicated by academic record and career plans.
2022 Recipient: Aubrey Brolsma
Phi Alpha Theta Book Award
A book prize awarded to freshman and sophomore student(s) who, in the opinion of the history faculty, show the greatest promise in history.
2022 Recipients: Emma Compton, Jacob Desenberg, Brock Hueber, Jared Poliskey, Angela Green, Gabriella Carillo, Jacob Humbert, Emma Moore, Lorenzo Lumetta, Zeb Lupcke, Luke Palmer, Joshua Willis, Branden Rosenfield
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