College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Student Awards

The History Department currently offers five awards to undergraduate students.  All awards are presented at the annual end of year banquet in June.

 

Click on the links below to go directly to the award, or scroll through to see all five awards.

Walter Pemstein Award for Outstanding Senior

Wong Award for Outstanding Junior

Kershaw Award for Service

Brundage Award for Senior Thesis

Lloyd Award for Historiography

 

Walter Pemstein Award for Outstanding Senior

Type of Award

Outstanding Senior

Requirements

History major; Senior standing; graduated in fall, winter, or spring of same academic year; highest CPP GPA in cohort; must graduate no later than spring of same academic year as award

Decided By

All History Department tenured and tenure track faculty attending the meeting for this purpose

Past Recipients

2017-18: Kyle Colon and Adilene Cortes

2016-17: John Dang

2015-16: Brendan Nafarrate

2014-15: Isis Quan

2013-14: Gina Risetter

2012-13: Brittany Tardiff

2011-12: Valerie Strawn

2010-2011: Andrew Greer

 

Wong Award for Outstanding Junior

Type of Award

Outstanding Junior

Requirements

History major; Junior with highest CPP GPA in cohort. Check back soon for revised semester unit requirements for eligibility. 

Decided By

All History Department tenured and tenure track faculty attending the meeting for this purpose

Past Recipients 

2017-18: Blake Almanza and Aaron Garcia

2016-17: Kyle Colon

2015-16: John Dang

2014-15: Brendan Nafarrate

2013-14: Isis Quan

2012-13: Gina Risetter

2011-12: Brittany Tardiff

2010-2011: Valerie Strawn

 

Kershaw Award

Type of Award

Service to Department

Requirements

History major; service to department; nominated by Phi Alpha Theta advisor and History Club advisor

Decided By

All History Department tenured and tenure track faculty attending the meeting for this purpose

Past Recipients

2017-18: Katrina Hernandez and Alejandro Martinez

2016-17: Isabel Melendez and Monique Fitch

2015-16: Caitlyn Guesnon and Marco Covarrubias

2014-15: Julio Pizano

2013-14: no award given

2012-13: Michael Santos

2011-12: Jocelyn Hahn

2010-2011: Silvia Cheng

 

Brundage Award

Type of Award

Senior Thesis

Requirements

History major; best completed senior thesis in academic year; nominated by faculty who have taught senior thesis in academic year

Decided By

Selection committee consisting of tenured and tenure track History faculty who have not taught senior thesis in academic year of award

Past Recipients

2017-18: Patricia O'Leary, "Fontucky: Making Steel & Race in Kaiser's Fontana, 1943-1983"

2016-17: Matthew Callebs, "Sailors and the State: Resistance to British Naval Impressment in the Atlantic during the Long Eighteenth Century"

2015-16: Isabel Melendez, "The Power of Pawns: An Analysis of Parisian Identity and Loyalty during the Anglo-Burgundian Occupation, 1420-1436"

2014-15: Isis Quan, ”The Women of the Kojiki and Nihongi

2013-14: Kevin Laurell, “African Warrior Culture: The Symbolism and Integration of the Avtomat Kalashnikova in Mozambique and Zimbabwe”     

2012-13:   Jonathan Lee, “Back to the Future: the Flying Car & Postwar America”

2011-2012: Raquel Robles, “Triumph Over Adversity:  A History of San Francisco’s (Other) Great Bridge”

 2010-2011: Gabriel Gutierrez

 

Lloyd Award

Type of Award

Historiography

Requirements

History major; best historiographical paper produced in HST 300/3300 in academic year; nominated by faculty who have taught HST 300/3300 in academic year

Decided By

Selection committee of tenured and tenure track History faculty who have not taught HST 300/3300 in academic year of award

Past Recipients 

2017-18: Robert Salcido, "Entertainment and Culture:  the Business of the Walt Disney Company"

2016-17: Richard Arguelles, "Historiography on the Paris Commune"

2015-16: Greogory Paguaga, "A Historiography on the Spanish Inquisition" 

2014-15: David Dorantes , “His Truth is Marching On: A Historiography of John Brown”

2013-14: Jocelyn Murillo, “Parallels in Feminist Movements in Nicaragua and Beyond: A Historiographical Study.”

2012-13: Gina Risetter

2011-2012: Joann Conger, “The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Historiographical Study”