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Prizes & Awards

The Department of History and the School of Liberal Arts award prizes to History students for academic and scholarly excellence. Each year we award Departmental Prizes for overall excellence. In addition, the Department celebrates undergraduate writing and research with several paper prizes detailed below.

The Sidney Beyer Prize for Excellence in American History
Awarded annually for the best undergraduate paper in U.S. History. Nominated papers may be either a seminar paper or a chapter from an Honors thesis.

The Charles Till Davis Prize for Excellence in European History
Awarded annually for the best undergraduate paper in European history. Nominated papers may be either a seminar paper or a chapter from an Honors thesis.

Prize for Excellence in Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, or Asian History
Awarded annually for the best undergraduate paper in Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, or Asian history. Nominated papers may be either a seminar paper or a chapter from an Honors thesis.

The Aline Mackenzie Taylor Award in Intellectual History
For best essay in intellectual history. Nominated papers may be either a seminar paper or a chapter from an Honors thesis.

The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize in the Social Sciences
For best essay showing original research in history, economics, or political science written by a junior or a senior. Candidates must be nominated by their respective departments.

The S. Walter Stern 1905 Memorial Medal
For best essay on an aspect of U.S. government in history, economics, or political science. Candidates must be nominated by their respective departments.