Past Award Recipients


Undergraduate Scholarships

Marvin Rosen Scholarship

  • Jose Gonzalez

Oscar Matasar Scholarship

  • Biak Thanh

James P. and Mary Clare Sczepaniak Scholarship

  • Conner Mensing
  • Lucas Sus

Jeannie Hainds Scholarship

  • Kendall Hampton
  • Russell Heibel

Anita M. Andrew Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies

  • Chloe Ann Green

Undergraduate Awards and Prizes

LAS Dean's Award

  • Gariecia Jodi-Ann Rose

Outstanding History Student

  • Emma Barton-Norris
  • Gariecia Jodi-Ann Rose

HIST 495 Research Paper Prize

  • Jill Harmston for "The Paradoxes and Inconsistencies Created by Leading Women during the French Revolution: The ‘Feminist' Problems with Olympe de Gouges, Madame Roland, and Madame de Staël."
  • Gariecia Jodi-Ann Rose for "The Agency of Enslaved Women in the U.S: Analyzing the Influence of Gender and Skin Tone on Slave Resistance."

David L. Wagner Prize in Medieval Studies

  • Katryna Weingart

James Shirley Award in Asian History

  • Alice Dvorak for "Depictions of Japanese Folktales and Monsters in New Forms of Media, 1960-2013: How Interpretations Changed Over Time."

James Shirley Essay Prize

  • Jeremy Knoll for "Remembering the Fallen: The Creation of Civil War Monuments in Illinois, 1865-1929."

Patrick J. White History Education Awards, Fall 2020

  • Winner: Kevin Hausen
  • Runner Up: Matthew Allen
  • Honorable Mention: Mark Raupp
  • Finalist: Leonardo Aiello
  • Finalist: Santino Curcio
  • Finalist: Eric Morden

Patrick J. White History Education Awards, Spring 2021

  • Winner: Gariecia Jodi-Ann Rose
  • Runner Up: John Recktenwall
  • Honorable Mention: Justin DeLuca
  • Finalist: Aaron Bluestein
  • Finalist: Justin Welch
  • Finalist: Nicholas Ruschetti

Graduate Fellowships and Awards

Dissertation Completion Fellowship

  • LeNie Adolphson

Hugh Jameson Graduate Student Essay Prize

  • Alexander Lundberg for "Moral Bonds, Modern Subjects: The Savings of Slaves, Emancipations, and the Policies of Gradual Abolition in Rio de Janeiro, 1871-1888"

Outstanding M.A. Student

  • Victor Garcia

Outstanding Ph.D. Student

  • Megan VanGorder

Earl W. Hayter and Alfred F. Young Research Grant (Hayter-Young)

  • Alexander Sosenko
  • Jack Vavrinchik

Alfred F. Young Dissertation Research Grant

  • Elizabeth Unruh
  • Alexander Craver
  • Alexander Sosenko

Graduate Teaching Award

  • Matilda Ansah
  • Alexander Sosenko
  • Victor Garcia
  • Calvin Barbee
  • Kassidy Babler


Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

  • M.A.- Alex Lundberg
  • Ph.D.- JoAnn LoSavio

Dissertation Completion Award

  • Justin Iverson

Graduate Student Awards for Excellence in Teaching

  • Justin Iverson, Emma Lloyd, JoAnn Losavio, Megan VanGorder

Hugh Jameson Graduate Essay Prize

  • Alex Lundberg

James R. Shirley Graduate Article Prize

  • Heeyoung Choi

Hayter Young Research Award

  • Matilda Ansah, Alex Craver, Alex Sosenko, Megan VanGorder

Large Grant

  • Alex Craver, Alex Sosenko, Megan Van Gorder, and Elizabeth Unruh


Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

  • M.A.- Thommy Brown
  • Ph.D.- Kevin Luginbill

Undergraduate Awards, Scholarships and Prize Winners

Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society

  • Kiera Donnamario
  • Mark Raupp

CLAS Dean's Award

  • Gabriel Sonntag

Outstanding History Student

  • Kassidy Babler
  • Sandra Puebla

Jeannie Hainds Scholarship

  • Lucy Johnson
  • Brandon Trupp

Marvin Rosen Scholarship

  • Timothy Fine

Oscar Matasar Scholarship

  • Raúl Arroyo

James P. and Mary Clare Sczepaniak Scholarship

  • Ashley Boyer
  • Andrew Collier

Anita M. Andrew Memorial Scholarship

  • Annie Hodal

David L. Wagner Medieval Studies Scholarship

  • Lucy Johnson

J. Patrick White History Education

  • Mark Del Real
  • Christopher Donaldson
  • Laura Gray
  • Jennifer Hernandez
  • Benjamin Holliday
  • Erin Krienke
  • Jonathan Litewski
  • Jonathon Molchin
  • Andrew Nelson
  • Michael Pondel
  • Leann Schaffni
  • Joshua Shaw
  • Brianna Stallter

HIST 495 Research Paper Prize

  • Kassidy Babler, "Protestant German Christian Theologians' Interpretation of Martin Luther, 1933-1939." Fall 2018 (Professor Emma Kuby)
  • Gabriel Sonntag, "The Beginning of Gay Liberation at NIU: Lesbian and Gay Huskies in the 1970s and 1980s." Fall 2018 (Professor Amanda H. Littauer)

James Shirley Award in Asian History

  • Liam McCown: Essay title: "Greek Hysteria and the Wandering Womb: 300 Wandering Theories and the Trojan Horse of Enlightenment." (Professor Trude Jacobsen)

James Shirley Essay Prize

  • Claire Spahn: Essay title: "Unworthy Handmaids, Worthy Authors: Agency and Authorship in the Letters of Eighth- Century Nuns."

David L. Wagner Medieval Studies Capstone Prize

  • Claire Spahn, "From Dish to DISH: Evidence for a Practical Diet in Late Medieval British Monks


CLAS Dean's Award

  • Claire Spahn

Outstanding History Student

• Gabriel Sonntag
• Ronan Kaiser

Marvin Rosen Scholarship

  • Aaron Bluestein

Oscar Matasar Scholarship

  • Jarell Blakey

James P. and Mary Clare Sczepaniak Scholarship

• Gariecia Rose
• Justin Zerbe

HIST 495 Research Paper Prize

  • Rachel Jacob. Essay title, "Policy Making: The Family and Medical Leave Act." Submitted for fall 2017.
  • Benjamin Holliday. Essay title, "Big Brother, Little Brother: The Personal Diplomacy of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyê ̃n Văn Thiêu, 1969-1974." Submitted for fall 2017.

James Shirley Award in Asian History

  • James Ewing, Essay title: "The Russo-Japanese War: A Difference in Perception," submitted for HIST 444 (Prof. Taylor Atkins), Fall 2017.

James Shirley Essay Prize

  • Jared Connors, Essay title: "Cherokee Motivations in the Civil War," submitted for HIST 464 (Prof. Natalie Joy), Fall 2017.

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