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.

2019 Phi Alpha Theta

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 faculty advisor, professor Dave Massell. Additional information about the National Honor Society can be obtained at their website.

PAT 2019 Inductees

2019 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees
Louis D. Augeri Daniel F. Dedomenico Daniel Amadis Ortiz
Katherine K. Becker Charity Ann Dugener Bailey I. Parker
Morgan D. Boes Christopher Joseph Haines Marie Faith Russ
Thomas Joseph Butcher Elena A. Kirillova Evan G. M. Smith
Rachel Lauren Byrd Emma E. LaRose Juls Robert Sundberg
Cameron Douglas Carlin Jacob N. LeVan Claire Marie Theoret
Emily C. Cashman Margaret Ann Mahoney Jared P. Trombley
Owen R. Churchill Peter B. McDonald Christian Anthone Zarkades
James Robert Dancho Margaux L. Miller  



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

20182017,2016,2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990


History Department Awards

Paul D. Evans Prize Recipient-Spring 2017
Hunter A. Colvin

Goran Prize Recipient in American History-Spring 2017
Sarah A. Jauris

Best Graduate Essay of 2016
Robin Fitch-McCullough: “Rough Specimens of a Prejudiced Period: British Songbooks in the Age of Revolution”

Best Undergraduate Essay of 2016
Will Fitz: “Aesthetics and Ideology in the Third Reich”

Honors Thesis Students – F17-SP18
Kiara B. Day
Connor R. McLenithan
Stephen N. Reck

Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Honors Students
Hunter Colvin
Colby Fischer
Matthew Ganci
Max Kleiner
Kate Lipman
Julio Lopez-Linehan
Jacob Marks
Ryan McHale
Tom Oettgen
Sophia White

2018 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees

Complete list below, left.

APLE Summer 2016 Stipend Recipient
Senior Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies major Pearl Weggler was recently awarded the highly competitive APLE Summer research grant from the CAS Dean's office, which provides $3000 to fund a summer research project. Working with Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Paul Deslandes, Pearl will be conducting research on a project titled "Personal Ephemera and the Production of the Politicized Self." She is conducting this research under the supervision of professor Deslandes as a result of his expertise on the history of gender, sexuality, and the body. Over the course of the summer, Pearl will be reading a broad range of theoretical work and reflecting on personal gendered and sexual subjectivities by reading critically her own diaries, childhood and adolescent ephemera, and private writings.