History major Alisha Gangadharan ’21 presented her research with a poster titled “A Cultural Analysis of the Significance of Nighttime in South African History.” Alisha conducted much this research as an EXCEL scholar for Professor Christopher Lee of the History Department. While a great majority of the projects as the session gravitated towards quantitative data displays from experimental and lab sciences, Alisha’s politically salient and theoretically challenging project directed attention towards the world of politics and history. From the evidence of the heavy foot-traffic attending the poster, it seems that Lafayette faculty and students would be receptive to having even more history posters at such events.

Asian Studies and International Affairs major Ren Makino ’20 also presented historical research at this semester’s poster session. Pictured here explaining his project to President Byerly, Ren has been studying the history of Tokyo Japan’s built environment through an analysis of hundreds of picture postcards produced between the 1900s and 1970s. This research is has been conducted with the support of an EXCEL scholarship supervised by Professor Paul Barclay of the History Department.


American Historical Association 134th Annual Meeting

The American Historical Association is hosting its 134th Annual Meeting in New York City.

The meeting will have an Undergraduate Poster Session and the Undergraduate Lightning Round  Submissions will be accepted later this summer until October 15 and November 15, respectively.

Along with these opportunities, there will be an Undergraduate Orientation and an Undergraduate Reception to welcome students and help them make the most of participating in the meeting.

Attending AHA members will once again be able to register their students at a deeply discounted rate. For information on undergraduate events and resources, visit  undergraduate annual meeting page.

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Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History – Armstrong State University

Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History is an online journal edited and produced by undergraduate students at Armstrong State University. The journal is dedicated to promoting undergraduate students’ research interest in history and their writing skills. The journal is also hoped to strengthen the collaborations in learning between undergraduates and graduates, students and faculty, and history majors and those from other study fields. All submissions will be fully refereed in a blind reviewing process by history professors and graduate students from Armstrong and other universities.

Clio’s Scroll, The Berkeley Undergraduate History Journal – University of California, Berkeley

Clio’s Scroll, the Berkeley Undergraduate History Journal, is published twice yearly by students of the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Founded in 1981, Clio’s Scroll has published over thirty issues. The journal aims to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to publish outstanding historical work.

Columbia Journal of History – Columbia University

The Columbia Journal of History (CJH), formerly the Columbia Undergraduate Journal of History, is a publication of the Undergraduate History Council at Columbia University. Our Executive Board reviews student submissions from history departments across the United States and abroad, and selects about 10% of submissions for inclusion in each annual edition. The Columbia Journal of History is an independent, peer-reviewed undergraduate research publication that promotes intellectual inquiry and recognizes outstanding historical literature on diverse subjects.

Ezra’s Archives – Cornell University

Ezra’s Archives is a publication put forth biannually by the Cornell Historical Society. This journal, launched in the Spring of 2011, showcases stellar examples of undergraduate research in the field of history. In the Fall of 2011, Ezra’s Archives expanded to accept submissions from undergraduates at other universities.

Georgetown Journal of History – Georgetown University

The Georgetown Journal of History is an online, academic publication dedicated to showcasing the best historical research by undergraduate students throughout the country and abroad.

Grand Valley Journal of History – Grand Valley State University

The Grand Valley Journal of History provides undergraduate students from all institutions with an opportunity to publish their historically-based research.

History Matters: An Undergraduate Journal of Historical Research – Appalachian State University

History Matters: An Undergraduate Journal of Historical Research is an electronic journal published annually by the department of history at Appalachian State University.

Michigan Journal of History – University of Michigan

Founded in 2001, the Journal focuses on publishing thought provoking new pieces that focus on both original research as well as challenges to previous works.  The Michigan Journal of History (MJH) is comprised of undergraduate editors at the University of Michigan whose passion for History has drawn them to this annual publication.

MJH does not focus on one particular type of historical submission. Students with focus areas in all types of History are encouraged to submit; we also encourage students from other disciplines including, but not limited to, history, anthropology, political science, law, international studies, area studies, ethnic studies, and gender and sexuality studies to send in their papers, granted they demonstrate a historical theme.

Tufts Historical Review – Tufts University

The Tufts Historical Review [is] an academic journal of global history that seeks both undergraduate and graduate papers of the highest caliber. [Note: The journal focuses on a different theme each year.]

University of Massachusetts Undergraduate History Journal – University of Massachusetts

Founded in 2016 by members of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, the UMass History Journal is devoted to showcasing the diverse historical work of undergraduate students. This publication will include essays, book reviews, and historical reflections written either within or outside the framework of undergraduate courses. Authors may be history majors, minors, or non-majors who have interests in the study of history.

We accept submissions in three categories: essays or book reviews based on secondary sources, essays based on primary sources, and miscellaneous historical reflections. Essay submissions must be historical, academic pieces with a clear thesis, analysis and support. But for historical reflections, we also encourage students to submit reflective writing pieces on the study of history, or what history means to them. This section of the journal is particularly open-ended to students. You may submit pieces that were assigned as part of coursework or essays done independently if they fit the academic criteria.

Vanderbilt Historical Review – Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Historical Review is a student-run, undergraduate journal of history. The Review strives to provide a forum that is dedicated to facilitating dialogue on topics relating to history and historiography. . . .

The Vanderbilt Historical Review gives undergraduate students the opportunity to have their work published in our journal. Students may submit original research papers, short interest articles, book/movie reviews, interviews, and photographs to us. We are looking for pieces that exhibit originality, clarity, and a strong relevance to history. Book/movie reviews and interviews may cover any topic that directly focuses on the past, or the past as we interpret it today.

Vexillum: The Undergraduate Journal of Classical and Medieval Studies – Yale University

Vexillum is an undergraduate journal that supports and promotes undergraduate scholarship in the fields of Classical and Medieval Studies, and accepts scholarly papers by undergraduate students written on a wide range of topics: history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, art history, sociology, philology, and linguistics. Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program at Yale University, Vexillum provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to submit outstanding papers for peer review from other undergraduates. Papers address aspects of the cultures and civilizations of Europe, the Mediterranean, the Near East, and Central Asia between 3,600 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E.

Yale Historical Review – Yale University

The Yale Historical Review provides undergraduates an opportunity to have their exceptional work highlighted and encourages the diffusion of original historical ideas on campus by providing a forum for outstanding undergraduate history papers covering any historical topic.


Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society) Conference: April 27, 2019

The Alpha Xi Gamma Chapter at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York cordially invites you to the 2019 Phi Alpha Theta New York-New Jersey Regional Conference, which will be held on Saturday, April 27 starting at 10:15 a.m. Call for Papers:  All faculty and chapter members are invited to submit paper proposals on topics of interest.  Panels currently are open and will be finalized based on paper submissions.  Possible topics include regional studies such as the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  Thematic studies in areas such as Historiography, Diplomacy, Military History, Public History, and Digital History are also welcome.  Paper proposals should be submitted as an abstract of no more than 500 words.  The deadline to submit proposals is Thursday, January 31.  All presentations must be between 15 and 30 minutes in duration.  Papers for accepted proposals should be submitted no later than Friday, March 15.

NCUR (NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION) Note: Plan for next year; this year’s deadline has passed

Present your research at a national conference with undergraduates from around the United States. The college funds travel and registration expenses. Apply in mid-October.



Five prizes for undergraduate essays on any topic related to ethics and ethical problems.