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.

Phi Alpha Theta 20201 

UVM History Department Alpha Alpha Psi Chapter Requirements:

Undergrads: Seniors or Juniors with 15 or more UVM earned credit hours (5 classes) in History; 3.6 History GPA; 3.4 overall GPA

Graduate students: 15 or more UVM earned credit hours (5 classes) with 3.75 History GPA

Further details are available from our Phi Alpha Theta faculty advisor, Professor Dave Massell. Additional information about the National Honor Society can be obtained on Phi Alpha Theta National website.

Phi Alpha Theta Inductees 2021

Elizabeth R. AndersonLiam J. HilfertyLucas John NewtonJeremy D. Wollman
Isabel Linnea Nash BirneyCatherine Elizabeth Zuk HodgesCharlotte F. NicholsonKatherine G. Wynn
Sarah Elizabeth ChuteTori R. JarvisBridget Mary O'Keefe 
Samuel John ComaiKristin P. KettermanAndrew John Pieper 
Dorothy Magnolia DyeHolly Shea KuhnHellick R. Reierson 
Sandor FarkasTyler J. MaloneRebecca Nicole Shames 
Finian James GallagherMichael J. Maloney IIIEmily S. Sheftman 
Jonah Benjamin GoldbergNicholas J. MologneClaire Elizabeth Thibeault 
Jake Declan HessionTaylor L. MorganMichael Bayman Tobin 



Previously Inducted Phi Alpha Theta members can be reviewed by clicking the respective year link below:

202020192018201720162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990


History Department Awards

Paul D. Evans Prize Recipient 2021
Theo Cutler

Goran Prize in American History 2021
Carmen Harris

Best Graduate Essay of 2021
Sarah Chute, “Native Portrayals and Absence in the Creation of Washington State National Parks”

Best Undergraduate Essay of 2021
Elizabeth Anderson, “ADAPT’s Role in the Creation of Disability Rights”

2021 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees
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