Undergraduate Honors and Awards
The Bernice Hogan Prize
Awards $200 and a letter of commendation to that student among graduating history majors and minors who is deemed to have written the best paper in a History class. Students must be nominated by a member of the faculty.
Honors in History
Students who are contemplating graduate or professional school and those who have done well in their freshman and sophomore years are highly encouraged to seek honors in history. Candidates for honors must fulfill the requirements of the Renée Crown University Honors Program and complete a senior capstone project. A student may earn either three or six credits for the honors thesis and may complete it in place of the junior writing seminar (HST 401) requirement.
The Hotchkiss Prize
At the end of each spring semester, the Department of History gives awards for outstanding achievement in history. The Hotchkiss Prize, named after the late Professor William Park Hotchkiss, awards $200 and a letter of commendation to that student among graduating history majors who is deemed to have achieved the highest level of academic excellence in history. (Also eligible are students who graduated the preceding December or during the preceding summer.) The prize is funded from Professor Hotchkiss' legacy to the department.
The Ketcham Prize
Named after Professor Emeritus Ralph Ketcham, awards $200 and a letter of commendation to that student among graduating history majors who best combines academic excellence in history with contribution to the life of the department.
The Marquardt Prize
The Department of History awards $400 to the student who is deemed to have written the best Distinction Thesis in History. Named after Assistant Professor of History Emeritus Frederick D. Marquardt, this prize is chosen by members of the faculty.