Research Prizes

Every spring, the Department of History recognizes the best research papers written in history courses, as well as the best honors theses. 

Department of History Undergraduate Research Award Winners 2018

Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr. Prize for the most outstanding Honors thesis: 
Vibha Kannan, “Promoting the Cause of Freedom”: Female Consumption in British Abolition, 1787-1833 

 Lynn M. Case Prize for the best Honors thesis in European history:
Joseph Aaron Scott LaSure, Touching the Lord’s Anointed: The Justification for the Execution of Charles I

Thomas C. Cochran Prize for the best Honors thesis in American history:
Caitlin Doolittle, Women in Bacon’s Rebellion: Female Political Action and the Making of Gender in Colonial Virginia

 Hilary Conroy Prize for the best Honors thesis in World history:
Zoe Stern, “June 16th is Ours”: The Power of Memory in Commemorations of the 1976 Soweto Uprisings

Captain Victor Gondos, Jr. Prize for the best research paper or thesis in military or diplomatic history:
Steven Thomas Jacobson, Forgotten People in the Forgotten Battle: Aleutian American Internment during World War II

Jeanette Nichols Prize for the best research paper or thesis in Gender history or Social history:
Helen Berhanu, “The Lion, the Tiger and the Teddybear”:  the Plurality of Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Experiences in London, 1948-1962

James V. Saporito Memorial Prize for the best undergraduate research paper or thesis in Intellectual and Cultural history:
Isabel Gendler, Re-Imagining the Past and Questioning the Present: Oliver Cromwell in Nineteenth-Century British Historical Fiction 

Jack Reece Prize for an outstanding undergraduate research paper in European history:
Cornell Overfield, All Quiet on the Western Front? Changes in East German Political Agitation in West Germany, 1945-1955

Gussie Wachs Prize for an outstanding undergraduate research paper in American History:
Kristen Ierardi, The Impact of Feminist Action at the University of Pennsylvania Between 1970 and 1975: A Story of Consciousness Raising, Public Action, and Lasting Change

Martin Wolfe Prize for an outstanding undergraduate research paper in World history:
Geeta  Minocha, Deteriorating  Relations: Japan  and  America  During  the  Administration  of  Theodore  Roosevelt


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. 

2019 deadline: Wednesday, March 13 at 12:00 noon.

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.