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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.

  • 2017: Emma Chen, “Black Face, Queer Space: The Influence of Black Lesbian and Transgender Blues Women of the Harlem Renaissance on Emerging Queer Communities.”  Faculty Adviser:  Nancy Unger

 

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.

  • 2017: Neil Datar, "The Legacy of Imperialism on Gender Law in India." Faculty Adviser:  Naomi Andrews

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    Katherine Porter, "Press Coverage of Internal Divisions over Reform Judaism, 1905-1920: A Classic Tale of the American Progressive Movement." Faculty Adviser:  Nancy Unger

 

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.

  •  2017:  Héctor Armando Navarro, “Creating Masculinity and Homophobia: Oppression and Backlash Under Mexico’s Porfiriato.” Faculty Adviser:  Naomi Andrews

 

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 an historical subject as determined by the faculty of the Department of History.

  • 2017:  Michelle Runyon, “‘Gives to Bigotry No Sanction’: The Dangers of Continued Misinterpretation of Washington’s Letter to the Jews of Newport.” Faculty Adviser:  Nancy Unger