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Annual Undergraduate Awards

The Department of History recognizes every year the best research papers written in history courses, as well as the best honors theses.

The Marvin and Sybil Weiner Travel Award

The Marvin and Sybil Weiner Travel Award is for an outstanding History major engaged in a significant research project in U.S. history from 1750 to 1865. The Award is intended to support and enrich the research experience of undergraduates, especially those interested in the history of American democracy, citizenship, rights, and values, broadly construed. The amount of the award will be $1,500, to be used for travel and research expenses. Any History major, whether working on honors theses, seminar papers, or guided independent research, are welcome to submit applications.

Applications should include: a brief statement about your project, including a description of the topic, plans for research, and names of archives and/or libraries you will visit; a budget with major expenses listed (e.g. transportation, lodging, food, photocopying).  

Please send the necessary materials by email to Professor Dan Richter and the History Undergraduate Advisor. The deadline is May 1, 2014 at 4:00PM.

Prizes for Research Papers

Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr. Prize, for an outstanding paper based on original research.
Honors theses are also eligible for this award.

James V. Saporito Memorial Prize, for the best undergraduate essay in intellectual and cultural history (with preference given to exceptional European history essays).
Honors theses are also eligible for this award.

Jack Reece Prize, for an outstanding undergraduate research paper in European history.

Gussie Wachs Prize, for an outstanding undergraduate research paper in American history.

Martin Wolfe Prize, for an outstanding undergraduate research paper in World history.

Jeanette Nichols Prize, for an outstanding undergraduate research paper in Women's history or Social history.

Captain Victor Gondos, Jr. Prize, for the best research paper written by a graduate or undergraduate student in American history (with preference given to Military history papers).

Prizes for Honors Theses

Lynn M. Case Prize, for the best senior Honors thesis in European history.

Thomas C. Cochran Prize, for the best senior Honors thesis in American history.

Hilary Conroy Prize, for the best senior Honors thesis in World history.

Submission Guidelines

Students are invited to submit research papers for these annual awards at any time during the year. All submissions should be e-mailed as a single PDF file to the History Undergraduate Advisor. Students do not need to designate the award for which they are competing. The faculty prize committee will determine the papers' suitability for the various awards. Prizes are awarded annually in the spring; the annual deadline will vary slightly according to date of Commencement. 2014 deadline: Wednesday, March 19 at 4:00 PM.

Additional Awards

Students who have completed a thesis (honors and non-honors) are also encouraged to submit them for Phi Beta Kappa prizes. For more information, please consult the College of Arts & Sciences website.

The Rose Foundation gives awards to undergraduates (and their advisors) for outstanding research projects (after they are completed). For more information, please consult the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships website.