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Departmental Awards

The Department of History believes in acknowledging the academic achievements of its students. Thus, we have several awards we give to our students each year at our Spring Awards Ceremony.

The Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant

The Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant includes a check in the amount of $2,500 and a framed certificate. It recognizes a history major who qualifies as an emerging scholar in the field by showing excellence and engagement in his/her classes and in extra-curricular activities that show a connection to history. The Gerhard Grant is given to support academic needs and activities such as room and board, the purchase of books and supplies, lab fees, and/or study abroad fees.

Erik Gerhard, Esquire, graduated from Duquesne in 1996 with a degree in History. He earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1999. Mr. Gerhard is a practicing attorney and partner in the firm Bybel Rutledge LLP.

The Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History

The Joseph R. Morice Award, which includes a check in the amount of $300 and a framed certificate, honors a graduating senior for outstanding academic achievement within the major of History specifically and over the course of study at Duquesne University generally. Dr. Joseph R. Morice was a professor of History at Duquesne between 1948-1990 who was renowned for popular classes and rigorous grading. The Department of History presents this award in remembrance of Professor Morice and to recognize students majoring in History who have maintained an exceptional scholastic record throughout their undergraduate academic careers.

The Jean E. Hunter Award for Writing History

The Jean E. Hunter Award, which includes a check in the amount of $250 and a framed certificate, honors a student majoring in History who has demonstrated excellence in the writing of History. Candidates for this award demonstrated superior research skills, imaginative analysis, optimal organization, and clear, polished writing in the major methods course, Writing History, taken in the past year. The student who ultimately receives the award confirmed such abilities by also presenting outstanding analytical and written work in other History courses. Jean E. Hunter was a faculty member and the first female chairperson of the Department of History who specialized in British and women's history. She retired from academe in 2007.

The Clio Award for Undergraduate Research

Named for the muse of History, the Clio Award for Undergraduate Research includes first, second, and third place categories, and is given to History and/or Art History majors who participate in the Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium (URSS). A panel of judges comprised of the Department Chairperson and the Director of Graduate Research selects the winners. First place = $200, second place = $150, and third place = $100.

The Clio Award for Graduate Research

Named for the muse of History, the Clio Award for Graduate Research includes first, second, and third place categories, and is given to a graduate student in the Historical Studies or Public History Program who participates in the Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium (GSRS). A panel of judges comprised of the Department Chairperson and the Director of Undergraduate Research selects the winners. First place = $200, second place = $150, and third place = $100.