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Alumnus Honors Influential Professor by Endowing a Student Prize

The Giacomini Prize is established by Thomas Bender (’66) in honor of SCU alumnus and professor George Giacomini (’56). 

Tom Bender, Professor Emeritus at NYU, endowed the prize to honor our own Professor Giacomini for being an outstanding teacher who influenced generations of students.  The Giacomini Prize will be awarded annually to a history major or minor for the best researched and written paper based on primary sources. The inaugural prize was awarded to Emma Chen for her paper "Black Face, Queer Space: The Influence of Black Lesbian & Transgender Blues Women of the Harlem Renaissance on Emerging Queer Communities."

NYU Professor Thomas Bender (’66) stands with Emma Chen, winner of the inaugural Giacomini Prize.  Professor Emeritus George Giacomini (’56) stands on the right.