Every spring, we hold the Art History Student Research Paper Prize Competition and the annual Art History Student Research Symposium.
Art History Student Research Symposium and Paper Prize Competition
The Annual Art History Student Research Paper Prize Competition occurs in April and any student who received an A or A- on a research paper written for an art history course in the previous three quarters is eligible to enter. 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). Since 2004, the AHSRS had provided 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 Art and Art History gallery and draws a large audience from across the Santa Clara University community. Topics reflect student interests in a range of media from areas across the world, from ancient period to the present.
Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium
In addition, the art history faculty selects one of our best art history students to represent Santa Clara University at the Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium. Every year, since 2012, students at the symposium join their colleagues from other schools in giving formal oral presentations of their recent art history research. Undergraduate art history majors from colleges and universities from the greater 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.