two honors students with their faculty mentor on stage in full regalia

College of Arts & Sciences Senior Awards Ceremony, May 2023 

(from left) Goran Prize in American History 2023 Recipient - Lucas J. Newton; Paul D. Evans Award Recipient 2023 - John F. Harrington; Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, David Massell.

CAS Senior Awards Ceremony, May 2023 -  (from left) Goran Prize in American History 2023 Recipient - Lucas J. Newton; Paul D. Evans Award Recipient 2023 - John F. Harrington; Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, David Massell.


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 4000-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.


The History Department annually recognizes an outstanding junior or senior major working in the field of American history. Candidates for the prize are nominated by faculty on the basis of academic achievement and all nominees are required to submit a major piece of academic writing in being considered for the award.  Intended to honor the academic achievements of a student who hopes to pursue a career in history or the public humanities, the prize was established in 2014 by UVM alumnus Arnie Goran '54 and his wife Mariel. 

Previous Recipients

2022 --  Holly Kuhn, Tess M. Hastings

2021 -- Carmen Harris

2020 -- Jason Goldfarb

2019 -- Maggie A. Mahoney , John R. Suozzo

2018 -- Kiara Day

2017 -- Sarah A. Jauris

2016 -- Rose Newton

2015 -- Patrick Maquire


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.

Paul D. Evans Award

The History Department annually recognizes its outstanding graduating senior history major with the strongest academic record (as measured by overall grade point average and grade point average in History courses) with the Paul D. Evans Award for Excellence in History. Paul D. Evans had a distinguished career as a professor of history from the 1930s until his retirement in 1972. Consideration is also given to the level of difficulty of the courses taken within the major and preference accorded to those students doing a senor honors thesis in History.

Previous Recipients

2022 -- Katie  Wynn

2021 -- Theo  Cutler

2020 -- Daniel  Ortiz

2019 -- Hunter M. Heberg

2018 -- Hannah E. Johnson, Maria C. Koutsouris

2017 -- Hunter A. Colvin

2016 -- Erin A. Clauss, John M. Marchinkoski

2015 -- Emily  Stoneking

2014 -- Michael R. Edmondson

2013 -- Eliza B. Kelsten

2012 -- Douglas A. Nelson III

2011 -- Bronwen   Gulkis, Marshall   McKenzie

2010 -- Kara L. DeDonato

2009 -- Kathryn  Boolukos, Justine  Trombley

2008 -- Kaitlynne  Ward

2007 -- Elizabeth  Ehrlich

2006 -- Adam S. Rostler

2005 -- Nicholas C. Bewley, Rose M. McGovern

2004 -- Oliver C.  Inslee

2003 -- Kathryn Q. Hughes

2002 -- Jesse W. Lawson

2001 -- Christina E. Nolan, Maximilian P. Owre

2000 -- Benjamin D. Gordon, Kristina M. Jacobsen

1999 -- Timothy Ryan Ashe

1998 -- Aaron V. Stephenson, Kevin A.  Young

1997 -- Rachael C. Diana, Kristina  Pisanelli

1996 -- Nicole Y.  Brumsted

1995 -- Michael K. Lantagne

1994 -- Shayne M. Jolie

1993 -- Ann M. Newell

1992 -- Jeffrey A. Iasilli, Steven J. Oatis

1991 -- Jonathan K. Balas

1990 -- William B.F. Steinman

1989 -- Jeanne-Marie  Bates, Suzanne Marie Dressler

1988 -- Deborah Lynn Day

1987 -- Diane M. Saunders

1986 -- John F. Alexander, Cynthia L. Reid

1985 -- Mary Jane Peloquin

1984 -- Robert  S. Steinberg

1983 -- Kathleen A.  Kelleher

1982 -- Juanita B. Andrea, Robert L. Danyow

1981 -- Michael  Cohen, Amanda  Stedman

1980 -- John  L. Kellner, Allison J. Kiffin

1979 -- Christine M. Dudley

1978 -- Susan Souther Curley

1977 -- Elizabeth F. Arms, Elaine C. Kilburn

1976 -- Ralph A. Barnes, J. Kevin Graffagnino

1975 -- Edward  French, David S. Gonyau

1974 -- Craig  N. Meurlin

1973 -- Valerie  L. Lewis

1972 -- Melissa M. Lewis

1971 -- Carl E. Korman


Phi Alpha Theta 2023

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 Felicia Kornbluh. Additional information about the National Honor Society can be obtained on Phi Alpha Theta National website.

14 Phi Alpha Theta inductees in a montage of images

Phi Alpha Theta Inductees 2023

Joseph H. AlexanderBridget Mary GrewWade James MullinRichard Matthew Witting
Jane Read BrinleyMichael Warfield HarrityCasey Lynn Murphy 
Michael R. CarterMeghan A. HesslerSophia Cope Nolan 
Elisabeth N. ChampionJames Francis Hughes IIJuniper Minerva Devereaux Oxford  
Anna K. ClarkCatherine M. JonesShira Natalie Palmer 
Forrest Coleman DesLauriersShannon Boland KaiserMargaret Elizabeth Pierce 
Grace Clara ElstonApril Olivia KilkennyIain Andrew Pless 
John Russell EvansJacqueline Beth KruseSophie Jane Prager 
Zoe SH FaySimone E. MartoranoCaleb McCone Reilly 
Meaghan Elizabeth FeeneySophia M. Miller-GrandeEvelyn Dion Stearns 


Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony, April 11, 2023

32 smiling students newly inducted into the historic honor society

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

 20222021202020192018201720162015, 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 Award Recipient 2023
John F. Harrington

Goran Prize in American History 2023
Lucas J. Newton

2023 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees
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