Activities and Awards
The History Society provides a student voice in departmental affairs, discuss problems in the field of history, and hear speakers. Open to all interested students.
• Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is the International Honor Society in History. Juniors and seniors who have completed at least five courses in history (including three electives) with an average of B+ and who have an overall average of B, may apply for membership. The Alpha Mu Chapter was founded in 1946.
• The History Forum
The History Forum is a series of informal presentations by the faculty and outside historians on topics of current research. These range widely but are intended to demonstrate how historians go about tackling significant and controversial subjects. Every History Forum is followed by an open discussion.
The History Department awards a number of medals and grants to outstanding undergraduates. For detailed information see the Chair of the History Department.
Paul Aron Award
For the best undergraduate research paper.
Bernard Bellush Service Award
For social service as well as scholarship.
Charles T. Cromwell Award
For a senior History major with the highest average in History.
Baily W. Diffie Award
For outstanding work in a core course.
Carl Dunat Scholarship
To help support future studies.
Joan Kelly Prize
For the best essay written in an elective course in History.
Oscar Lloyd Meyerson Prize
For the best Honors essay.
Sidney I. Pomerantz Prize
For the best essay on the history of New York City written in an elective course.
J. Salwyn Shapiro Award
For a senior who has done outstanding work in European History.
General Tremain Prize
For a student who writes the best essay on some aspect of American History related to the Civil War.
Joseph E. Wisan Prize The Leslie Steigman Bayor Scholarship
For the best essay on 20th century American History written in an elective course.
Established by Ronald H. Bayor in memory of his wife, Leslie Steigman Bayor '67E.
For a senior History major who has done outstanding work in the field of American History.