History Department Award 2021
Highlights for the History Department's Annual Undergraduate Awards Ceremony
The History Department is proud to announce winners of this year’s undergraduate prizes. Many congratulations to them, and to all History students who have persevered throughout this difficult academic year.
The Freshman Seminar Prize, for first-year students who completed a Freshman Seminar in History during the current academic year. This year’s winner is Lauren Leong (left) for her paper, “Dorothy Height: The Backbone of the Intersectionality of the Civil Rights". Movement”.
This year’s winner of the History Club Service and Leadership Award is Greta Davis, for her taking on of increased responsibilities over the course of the year.
This year there were five nominees for the Hilda L. Smith Prize for the Best Undergraduate Essay in Women’s History: Camden Bailey, Kierra Davis, Elinor Kibbey, Julia Rogala, and Oliver Voyten.
This year’s winner was: Oliver Voyten (right) for his capstone “‘With Sorrow Shalt Thou Bear Children’: Manipulating Feminine Sexuality in Early Modern England.”
This year there were seven nominees for the George Newburger Prize for best capstone in U.S. History: Patrick Bois, David Fiora, Elinor Kibbey, Sayre Christian O’Cull, Easton Phillips, Anna Sensel, and Delaney White. This year’s winner was Patrick Bois, for his capstone “‘Will He Make it?’: The Wayward Historical Memory of U.S. Grant.”
This year there were five nominees for the George B. Engberg Prize for best capstone in Non-U.S. History: Lucas Comstock, Isabel Gheytanchi, Gordon Goodwin, Logan Miller, and Oliver Voyten. This year’s winner was Logan Miller (left) for her capstone “Class Consciousness and Socialism in Nineteenth-Century Britain.”
This year’s Lenore F. McGrane Prize for Most Promising Student in U.S. History went to
Easton Phillips (right), for his capstone, “The Troubled Memory of the Underground Railroad: Mythmaking and Propaganda Within the History we Teach.”
This year’s Emma Louis Parry Prize for a Top History Student in Any Area went to Madelyn Bruening (left), for her capstone “The Profitable Practice of Gifting: Collaborative Philanthropy in Colonial Bombay and the Benevolent Parsees.”
At UC’s 2021 Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase, 3 students from the History Department competed in the "Capstone Competition," a live, on-line event modelled after the Three-Minute Thesis Competition popular at the graduate level. You can learn more about it and watch presentations on the Capstone Competition web page. The two prize winners include:
Easton Phillips (1st place, PM session): "The Troubled Memory of the Underground Railroad: Mythmaking and Propaganda within the History We Teach".
Anna Sensel (2nd place, AM session) (right): "The Antislavery Crusade: The Question of Slavery within a Presbyterian Church in the 1830s-1840s".
A third representative of the History department at the competition was Christine Powell, who presented “The Great Migration's Effect in Los Angeles and Chicago.”
Isabel Gheytanchi (left) was the History department's nominee for the College of Arts & Sciences' "Spirit of Community Award," which honors undergraduates who excel in academics, service, and work in support of the University's mission to support inclusive excellence. She was the winner of the award for 2021 out of all the departments in the College! Dr. Katherine Sorrels' nomination highlighted Isabel's service to UC as a Dabney/CRC Diversity Chair for the Resident Housing Association, as a member of the University Honors Program Ignite cohort that worked to end food insecurity in Cincinnati, and as a research assistant on a history project related to the persecution of children with autism in Nazi Germany. Congratulations, Isabel!