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.
- 2019: Liam Byrnes, "To hell with the Constitution!' How Theodore Roosevelt Acting Abroad Undermined Progressive Reforms at Home."
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.
- 2019: Marie Fagetti, "Racism and Radicalism: Minority Responses to the Conflation of 'Immigrant' with 'Radical' in the Progressive Era."
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.
- 2019: Cooper Scherr, "Medicine Infected by Politics: The American Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934."
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.
- 2019: Hansung Lee, "A Bubble of the American Dream: Experience of Asian students at key universities in the midst of racist movements in Progressive-Era California."