University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Davis Student Center

Ruth Boelsen Baird Award-Fall 2015

  • Emily Jeanne Hartman
  • Brendan James Hersey
  • Sarah Adeline Jauris

Paul D. Evans Scholarship Award-Fall 2015

  • Colby J. Fischer
  • Michelle Theresa Monette
  • Nicholas Raymond Southworth

Previous Evans Award Recipients

Paul D. Evans Prize Recipient-Spring 2015

  • Emily Stoneking

Goran Prize Recipient in American History-Spring 2015

  • Patrick Maguire

Best History Essay Prize Recipient-2015

  • John Marchinkoski

Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Honors Students

  • Erin Clauss
  • Newton Rose
  • Jessica Solodkin

2016 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees

APLE Summer 2015 Stipend Recipient

Senior history major Jessica Solodkin was recently awarded the highly competitive APLE Summer research grant from the CAS Dean's office, which provides $3000 to fund work on a summer research project.  Working with Associate Professor of History Abigail McGowan. Jessica is working over the summer on research for her senior honors thesis, a project entitled, Behind the Lines: The Partitions of British India and British-Mandated Palestine, 1935-1950.  For that project, Jessica is spending three weeks in London doing archival research at the British Library and the National Archives, where she is exploring the parallel attempts in 1947 and 1948 to partition British India (into India and Pakistan, accomplished in 1947) and British-mandated Palestine (into Israel and Palestine, never successfully accomplished).  In addition to the APLE grant, Jessica also received an additional travel grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research to make the trip to London possible.

URECA! & College Summer Mini-Grant

Meghan Kendall, a History and Political Science major, won both a URECA! and a College Summer Mini-Grant.  She received support to conduct research in France during the summer of 2011, as a research assistant for Steve Zdatny, looking at portrayals of public and private hygiene in popular culture in France during the 1950s and 1960s.

Honors and Awards

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors, which is a degree distinction, is awarded in accordance with the following procedure:

Professors nominate students who have submitted exceptional seminar papers (papers written for 200-level courses). Should a person wish to accept nomination, he or she will then revise that paper, if it needs revision, along lines suggested by the professor usually over the course of a semester long independent study.

Submission to the committee: Whether revised or not, that paper will be submitted to a committee of three professors from the department who will examine the candidate. This examination, which will be an oral interview and which will last about one hour, will not only probe the paper's thesis and the methods of investigation and analysis employed by the student, it will also ask the student to place his/her work into a larger historiographical context.

Upon successful examination: Upon successful examination, the student will be awarded Departmental Honors provided that he/she is a History major and has a graduating average in all History courses of at least 3.3.

College Honors

Students who have a GPA of at least 3.4 are eligible to apply for permission to undertake an honors research project during their senior year. Additional information is available in the Dean's office.

URECA! (Undergraduate Research Endeavors Competitive Awards)

The purpose of this program is to provide prestigious, competitive awards to outstanding undergraduates who wish to pursue a specific research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. In this way, undergraduates have the opportunity and resources to pursue independent research as well as work closely with active faculty members who are leading scholars in their fields.

Ruth Boelsen Baird Award

The Baird Award was established in 1998 by Mrs. Baird to be used to recognize deserving students in the History Department. Mrs. Baird graduated from UVM in 1942 with a double major in History and Psychology.

This award is given to the out-of-state senior history major with the greatest financial need and the strongest academic record as measured by overall grade point average and grade point average in History courses. The recipient of the award is recognized at the Honors Day ceremonies.

Paul D. Evans Award

The History Department annually recognizes its in-state outstanding graduating senior(s) with the Paul D. Evans Award for Excellence in History at Honors Day ceremonies.  Paul D. Evans had a distinguished career as a professor of history from the 1930s until his retirement in 1972.

This award is given to the in-state senior history major(s) with the strongest academic record as measured by overall grade point average and grade point average in History courses. Consideration is also given to the level of difficulty of the courses taken within the major.

2016 Phi Alpha Theta Ceremony and Induction

Held in Waterman Bldg., Room 338, Memorial Lounge on Monday, April 18, 2016 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Phi Alpha Theta - UVM History Department Alpha Alpha Psi Chapter Requirements:

Undergrads: Seniors or Juniors with 15 or more UVM earned credit hours (5 classes) in history (rev. 4/16); 3.6 History GPA (rev. 4/10); 3.4 overall GPA

Graduate students: 15 or more UVM earned credit hours (5 classes) with 3.75 (rev. 4/10) History GPA

Further details are available from our Phi Alpha Theta Advisor, Professor Sean Field. Additional information about the National Honor Society can be obtained at their website.

2016 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees

2016 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees in Memorial Lounge Waterman

Olivia S. Ambo Meredith Dillon Gensch Ryan Patrick McHale
Jonathan P. Cares Brendan James Hersey Tom James Oettgen
Erin Elizabeth Clauss Lynda M. Howell Adam Quinn
Hunter Alexa Colvin Sarah Adeline Jauris Emilela Elizabeth Thomas-Adams
Kiara Brynne Day Clayton Max Kendall, III Naomi C. Vass
Jesse Eaton Kelly Jean Knight Sophia E. White
Keely Mae Farrell Summer Elisabeth Leppanen Ellie M. Young
Gabrielle Fernandez Ronald Colin MacNeil  
Robin James Fitch-McCullough Carrie T. Madden  

Previously Inducted Phi Alpha Theta Members Can Be Reviewed By Clicking the Respective Year Link Below:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

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