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History Department Celebrates Undergraduate Honors Students

Thu, May 18, 2017
History Department Celebrates Undergraduate Honors Students
History Honors Students at Ceremony on May 16, 2017

As commencement approaches, the History Department held a ceremony this week to celebrate its honors undergraduate award winners, as well as those moving on to graduate programs across the country.
 
Our honors undergraduates had a chance recently to showcase their work at the Honors Thesis Symposium, and many of those same students were represented at this week’s ceremony as well.
 
In addition to announcing the numerous honors these students have accumulated over the course of the year, the History Department used this opportunity to present an additional set of awards for best undergraduate thesis. Alexandra Dolan and Alberto Garcia took home the John Ferguson Honors Thesis Prize for Excellence in the Study of History. Alexandra’s thesis, “Identity Crisis: The Post-WWII Reconstruction of the city of London” positions her well to pursue a Master’s program in Architectural History in the U.K. Alberto’s thesis, “Calling All Chums: The ‘Pals’ Battalions and Edwardian Middle Class Culture,” draws on archival resources to examine the middle-class nature of that unique World War I military unit.
 
The Claudio Segre Honors for Excellence in the Study of History was awarded to Katherine Rickert and Kathleen Telling. Katherine traveled to London on two scholarships to conduct research at the British National Archives for her project, “Controlling Death: Suicide and the Eighteenth-Century English State.” Kathleen, who also won a Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship for her honors research, wrote about Quaker women’s discourse during the American Revolution.
 
A total of four history students received Rapoport-King Scholarships to support their thesis research, notable since only fifteen of these awards are given out each year.
 
Below is a full list of our award-winning undergraduates and their honors theses:
 
Katherine Dean
Thesis: “Coping with Catastrophe: The Construction of a Historical Narrative in American Culture after 9/11”
Post-Grad plans: Katherine will begin a Master’s program in Library Sciences and Information Management at Catholic University in Washington, DC this fall
 
Alexandra Dolan
Thesis: “Identity Crisis: The Post-WWII Reconstruction of the city of London”
Post-Grad plans: Alexandra is planning to move to NYC to work as a graphic designer before pursuing a Masters in Architectural History in the U.K.
Awards: College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Award; College of Undergraduate Studies Undergraduate Research Award; History Department Scholarship; British Studies Churchill Scholarship; John Ferguson Honors Thesis Prize for Excellence in the Study of History
 
Amanda Faulkner
Thesis: “A Culture of Communalism: Women’s Networks in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam”
Post-grad plans: Amanda will be a Mellon Mays Fellow at UT’s Center for European Studies next year
Awards: Rapoport-King Scholarship; Undergraduate Research Fellowship; College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Award
 
Alberto Garcia
Thesis: “Calling All Chums: The ‘Pals’ Battalions and Edwardian Middle Class Culture”
Awards: Rapoport-King Scholarship; John Ferguson Honors Thesis Prize for Excellence in the Study of History
 
Elizabeth Jones
Thesis:  “Rights of Property: A Comparative Analysis of the Evolution of Slave Laws in Texas and Louisiana”
Post-grad plans: Elizabeth will be starting at the UT School of Law in the fall
Award: Rapoport-King Scholarship
 
Zachary Nash
Thesis:  “It is Folly to Look to the Government any further: The West Texas Frontier and Secession, 1857-1861”
Post-grad plans: Zachary is starting a PhD program in 19th Century American History at Southern Methodist University this fall
Awards: Full funding from Southern Methodist University, a History Department fellowship, and an additional scholarship from SMU’s Mustang Band
 
Kevin Powell
Thesis: “Las Guerras de Ideas: Anglo-American Missionaries, Ultramontane Intellectuals, and the Ideological Struggle over Modernity in Chile and Uruguay (c. 1860-1905)”
Post-grad plans: Kevin is moving on to a PhD program in Modern Latin American History at the University of Chicago
Award: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Travel and Research Grant
 
Katherine Rickert
Thesis: “Controlling Death: Suicide and the Eighteenth-Century English State”
Post-grad plans: This summer, Katherine will intern at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute before beginning at the UT School of Law in the fall
Awards: History Department scholarship; Liberal Arts Honors scholarship; Claudio Segre Honors for Excellence in the Study of History
 
James Smith
Thesis: “This Holy Sacrament in Fiji:  Christianity and the Abolition of Indo-Fijian Indenture”
Post-grad plans: James is planning to finish up his UTeach certificate by student teaching at McNeil High School in Round Rock. After that, he plans to get a job teaching history at a high school in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Awards: British Studies Churchill Scholarship; Colonel Archer M. Baird scholarship in Plan II for Honors thesis research
 
Emma Steiner
Thesis:  “Their Greatest Need: American and Soviet Housing Initiatives, 1954-1959”
Post-grad plans: Emma is beginning a Master’s program at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University in the fall.
 
Kathleen Telling
Thesis: “Among Friends: Philadelphian Quaker Women’s Discourse in the Revolutionary Era”
Awards: Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship; Claudio Segre Honors for Excellence in the Study of History

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Story by Rebecca Adeline Johnston, Ph.D Student, UT History Dept.

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