On May 6th 2020, the History Department hosted the annual Department Awards and Phi Alpha Theta Induction ceremony zoom. We were grateful to have over 60 attendees, including many of our department alumni. Christy Fic, class of 2010, delivered the keynote address on her professional career post-Lafayette and her experience designing the Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum at Shippensburg Station. Please see below for the list of this year’s prize winners, and new inductees to the Phi Alpha Theta national history honors society.
Phi Alpha Theta Beta Xi Chapter Prize for Best Introductory seminar paper: Katie Frost for her paper, “Suffrage Restrictions in the Jim Crow Era and the Hypocrisy of the North,” for Professor Jeremy Zallen’s history seminar.
Diane Windham Shaw Prize for Excellence in Historical Methods: This years prize is shared by Katie Gear and Stefano Mancini. Both of these students showed ingenuity, dedication, and distinction in navigating the rapids historiography, theory, method, and practice in this year’s History 206 seminar.
Colonel Wilson B. Powell class of ’32 Award: Rachel Bram, for the best paper written in an advance level history seminar. Rachel’s winning paper was in an depth look at regional responses to the caning of Charles Sumner, based on painstaking research and presented with airtight reasoning. She wrote this paper for Professor Rosen’s seminar.
Best history honors thesis for the academic year 2019-2020:
Class of 1910 Prize: Rachel Bram, Gwen Ellis, and Gabby Tropp
Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society Beta Xi Chapter initiates: