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Each year the Department of Art and Art History hosts two art history student research competitions and events in the spring quarter.

Art History Student Research Symposium and Paper Prize Competition
The Annual Art History Student Research Paper Prize Competition occurs in April and any students who received an A or A- on a research paper written for an art history course in the previous three quarters. The faculty announces the winner of the paper prize in June at the annual BBQ and Awards Ceremony.

The Department also holds an annual Art History Student Research Symposium (AHSRS). Now in its eleventh year, the AHSRS provides students with an opportunity to present their research in a formal setting and format modeled after a professional conference. The Symposium is held in the de Saisset Museum auditorium and draws a large audience from across the Santa Clara University community. Topics reflect student interest in a range of media from areas across the world, from the historic period to the present.

Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Symposium
In addition, faculty selects one of our best art history students to represent Santa Clara University at the Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium. Students at the symposium join their colleagues from other schools to give formal oral presentation of their recent art history research. Undergraduate art history majors from schools all over the Bay Area compete in this annual event, hosted by the de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA. In addition to SCU, participating institutions include Dominican University of California, Mills College, Saint Mary's College, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, Stanford University, and University of San Francisco. In 2015, two graduate students from UC Berkeley served as commentators and facilitated discussion with a large and diverse audience.