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Department ofHistory

Department Prizes for Students

Giacomini Prize

Established in 2017 by Thomas Bender (’66) in honor of SCU alumnus and professor George Giacomini (’56), an outstanding teacher who influenced generations of students, this prize is awarded to a history major or minor for the best researched and written paper based on primary sources, as determined by the faculty of the Department of History.

2020:    

Sydney Shead, for her paper, “Love and War: The Civil War's Impact on Prostitution;” and 

Emily Yekikian, for her senior thesis, “More than the Triangle Factory Speech: Rose Schneiderman’s Long                    Underappreciated Career of Reform.”

McPhee Prize

Established in 2007 through the generosity of Lulu McPhee (’86) and John McPhee (’85), this award is given to the student whose history seminar paper demonstrates the most outstanding use of research methodology as determined by the faculty of the Department of History.

2020:    

Haley Butler, for her paper, “Work Yourself to Death: An Honorable Way to Die;” and

Emily Yekikian, for her paper, “Governing the Body: Persecution of Homosexuality under the Third Reich.”

 

Frederick J. Mehl Prize

Established in 1993 by the History Department in memory of friend and benefactor Frederick J. Mehl (’74, M.A. ’75), this award is given to the student who writes the best senior thesis in the field of History as determined by the faculty of the Department of History.

2020: 

Hansung Lee, for his senior thesis, “How One Generation’s Method of Revolution Has Transformed into Another’s Tool for Reformation: The Recent History of Meditation in America.”

 

Redwood Prize

This award, established in 1908 by the executive committee of The Redwood, is given to the student who writes the best essay on a historical subject as determined by the faculty of the Department of History.

2020:

Brandon Schultz for his paper, “Voices in the Dark: The Evolution of Activist Film Criticism in the 1960s.”