Honor Roll

The BA Prize

The BA thesis is the capstone of the History concentration. Our students are very imaginative in creating their topics, working in all periods and places and using a wealth of sources, ranging from printed primary texts to pots in archaeological digs to manuscripts, musical scores, paintings, and statistical data in specialized archives.

Recent Prize Winners

2014-2015 BA Prize Recipients

Emil Karafiol Prize & African Studies B.A. Prize

  • Colin Bos, "Black Man’s Grave: Disease Discourse and Settler Colonialism in Sierra Leone and Liberia, 1820-1860" (Advisor: Emily Osborn; Preceptor: Maura Capps)

Nicholson Center for British Studies, B.A. Prize,

  • Pranav Jain, "John Sadler (1615-1674): Religion, Common Law and Reason in Early Modern England” (Advisor: Adrian Johns; Preceptor: Christopher Fletcher)

St. Margaret of Scotland Prize

  • Mihow McKenny, “Salvation through Art: Sacramental Penance in Dante's Divine Comedy” (Advisor: Rachel Fulton Brown; Preceptor: Christopher Fletcher)

Oliver Cromwell Cox and Ernest Everett Just Prize

  • Jaime Sánchez, “Contested Constituency: Latino Politics and Panethnic Identity Formation in the 1983 Chicago Mayoral Election of Harold Washington” (Advisor: Ramón Gutiérrez; Preceptor: Ashley Finigan)

Anna M. and George N. Barnard Prize

  • Preston Thomas, “Synergy in Paradox: Nixon's Policies Towards China and the Soviet Union” (Advisor: Mark Bradley; Preceptor: Sarah Panzer)

Ruth Murray Essay Prize

  • Stephanie Xiao, "Love in the Time of Chinatown: Marriage, Race, and the Making of the Chinese Family" (Advisor: Matthew Briones; Preceptor Guy Mount)

2013-2014 BA Prize Recipients

African Studies BA Essays Prize

  • Patricia Stichnoth, "The Colonial State, Unwanted Applicants, and the Language of Mutual Obligation in Senegal, 1913–1921" (Advisor: Rachel Jean-Baptiste; Preceptor: Eleanor Rivera)

Asada Eiji BA Thesis Prize

  • Alexander Hoare, "The Secret History of Textbooks and Manga: The Historical Narrative of the Bakamatsu and Meiji Era" (Advisor: Susan Burns; Preceptor: Sarah Panzer)

Anna M. and George N. Barnard Prize in American History

  • Morton (Doni) Bloomfield, "Regulatory Arbitrage and Catastrophic Financial Risk: The Case of the 1850s Midwestern United States" (Advisor: Fredrik Albritton Jonsson; Preceptor: Sarah Weicksel)
  • Honorable Mention: Michael McCown, "Making Peace, Making Revolution: Black Gangs in Chicago Politics, 1992–1993" (Advisor: Adam Green; Preceptor: Jaclyn Sumner)

Oliver Cromwell Cox and Ernest Everett Just Prize

  • Karim Pirani, "Nascent Activism in a New Asian American Landscape: Gender, Media, and Politics after Vincent Chin" (Advisor: Matt Briones; Preceptor: Jaclyn Sumner)

Harold E. Goettler Political Institutions Prize

  • Richard Deulofeut-Manzur, "The Diverse Santa Clara: How Justices, Attorneys, Reporters, and Railroad Owners Navigated the Rise of the Large Corporation" (Advisor: Amy Dru Stanley; Preceptor: Sarah Weicksel)

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize

  • Jonathan Katz, "'Belonging to a Strange Nation': Paarl Jews, Marburg Norwegians, and the White Settler Landscape in Colonial South Africa, 1890–1930" (Advisor: Rachel Jean Baptiste; Preceptor: Jaclyn Sumner)

Emil Karafiol Prize in European and International History

  • Thomas Prendergast, "From 'Self-Formation' to 'National Education': Friedrich Gundolf, Friedrich Wolters, and the Crisis of Historicism, 1908–1933" (Advisor: Michael Geyer; Preceptor: Sarah Panzer)

Ruth Murray Essay Prize in Women's Studies, Feminist Criticism, and Gender Studies

  • Melissa High, "Creating Wartime Community: The Work of Chicago Clubwomen during World War II" (Advisor: Jane Dailey; Preceptor: Sarah Weicksel)

Nicholson Center for British Studies BA Essay Prize

  • Claire Arnold, "'The Delights of a Plunge into the Unknown': Reimagining Children's Adventure Literature in the Nineteenth Century" (Advisor: Leora Auslander; Preceptor: Eleanor Rivera)

Undergraduate Research Grants & Fellowships


Mann Grant

Helena Bassett
Drew Donaldson

Philip Montag Award

Dake Kang

Glenn Swogger Award

Philip Crean
Kevin Otradevec

F. Champion Ward International Travel Grant

Mara McCollum
Alison McManus
Paige Pendarvis
Theresa Yuan

PRISM Summer Research Grant & FLAG Grant

Patrick Reilly

Human Rights Grant, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

Theresa Yuan

Academic Support Grant, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and RISE UP Award

Jaime Sanchez

Dean's Fund

Jennifer Standish

Nicholson Center for British Studies Travel Grant

Benjamin Spikol (Spring 2015)
Chloe Saddler (Autumn 2014)
Kelly Wood (Autumn 2014)

Howell Murray Alumni Association Award

William Fernandez

University of Chicago Journalism, Arts, and Media Grant

Isaac Stein
Preston Thomas

T. Kimball Booker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting

Rose Berman

FLAS Grant

Nadine Yeatman

Stanek Scholarship & Lincoln Academy Student Laureate

Alyssa Bivins

Ignacio Martín-Baró Essay Award

Miriam Shestack


Human Rights Program Internship

Alyssa Bivins

Humanitarian Award

Haben Ghebregergish

F. Champion Ward International Travel Grant

Rebecca Liu

PRISM Summer Research Grant & Francois Furet Travel Grant

Morgane Martinet

Nicholson Travel Grant

Hilde Nelson

Gates-Cambridge Trust Fellowship

Tim Rudnicki

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship & 2nd Place in the Ivy Plus Symposium

Social Science Poster Competition
Jaime Sanchez

Honorable Mention, UPenn UPMUNC Conference; Outstanding Delegate, NCSC Conference at Georgetown; Best Delegate, Harvard HNMUN Conference

Madeleine Stanich

Goldman-Sachs Strongin Education Fund Award

Preston Thomas
Francois Furet Grant
Zhou Fang

Arthur Mann Travel Grant

Ula Kula
Sarah Miller
Ella Schwamm

Glenn Swogger Research Award

Ione Barrows
Morgane Martinet
Stephanie Xiao
Zhou Fang

Philip E. Montag Summer Research Fellowship in History

Charles Fox
Tamsin Parzin
Adam Swingle