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.
Várdy International Research & Study Grant
The Drs. Steven Béla Várdy and Agnes Huszár Várdy International Research and Study Grant provides $1,170 to support one graduate History or Public History student in conducting research overseas annually. The Department of History will provide up to an additional $500 to the winner of the Várdy Grant for a total of $1,670 in research support. These monies can be applied to any aspect of overseas research, including but not limited to airfare, local transportation, accommodations, food, and photocopying. The winner is required to submit a 500-word report to the Department of History chairperson summarizing the results of their research/study trip within four months of their return to the United States.
Recently retired faculty Drs. Steven Béla Várdy and Agnes Huszár Várdy have devoted much of their life to research, travel, and teaching their students to be globally conscious. They have taught thousands of students in the past four decades. On several occasions they took students abroad, visiting Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, former Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and many other countries. This international experience transformed these students into individuals with a broader outlook and more complete understanding of the world.
Aleta Zak Endowed Public History Internship Award
The Aleta M. Zak Endowed Public History Internship Award includes a check in the amount of $1,000 and a framed certificate. It is awarded each spring semester to a graduate student in the Public History program enrolled in a museum, archive, historical editing, or historic preservation internship. All Public History graduate students enrolled in an internship during the spring semester automatically qualify to win. Award selection is based on academic work at Duquesne, including but not limited to grade point average, extracurricular activities, and instructor references. The award is funded by Ms. Aleta M. Zak, a graduate of Duquesne's Public History program.