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Outstanding History majors have the opportunity to receive departmental awards for their exemplary work.

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Awards

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[Gesue Staltari, 2014 reciepient of the Jean E. Hunter Award for Writing History]

The Department of History believes in honoring students who show exemplary progress in their classes. We currently have three departmental awards for which our most promising students are eligible:

Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant

Jean E. Hunter Award for Writing History

Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History

Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant

The Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant is an award which recognizes history majors who qualify as emerging scholars in the field by showing excellence and engagement in their classes and in extra-curricular activities that show a connection to history. The Gerhard grant is to support non-tuition-related 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.

Past Recipients:

2013 - Abigail Jones
2013 - Gannam Rifkah
2014 - Daniel Branagan
2014 - Shannon Smith

Jean E. Hunter Award for Writing History

The Jean E. Hunter Award for Writing History 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, HIST 311W: 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.

Past Recipients:

2008 - Jenna Lusk
2008 - Teresa Shami
2009 - Tyler Esno
2011 - Philip Weber
2012 - Danielle Muñoz
2013 - Lara Konefal-Shaer
2014 - Geuse Staltari

Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History

The Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History honors a graduating senior History major for outstanding academic achievement within the major of History specifically and over the course of study at Duquesne University generally. 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.

Dr. Joseph R. Morice was a professor of History at Duquesne between 1948-1990 who was renowned for popular classes and rigorous grading.

Past Recipients:

2000 - Christina Wildt
2001 - Kenneth English
2002 - Curtis Patton
2003 - James Naus
2004 - Jennifer Moses
2005 - Joseph Barron
2006 - Christina Manfredi
2007 - Teresa Madden
2008 - Jacqueline Connell
2009 - Jennifer Milko
2010 - Tyler Esno
2010 - Brigid Mannard
2011 - Vincent Lamperski
2012 - Haley Kittleman
2013 - Tayler Hammell
2014 - Gannam Rifkah