Public History Students Abby Kirstein, Carrie Hadley, Lauren Van Zandt, and Elyse Grasser at the 2015 National Council on Public History Conference in Nashville

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Student Opportunties

In addition to your internships, there are many other ways to engage in the scholarly world at Duquesne and elsewhere. Many students have their first chance to do so at the Graduate Student Research Symposium (GSRS) where they display posters and present papers about their work to an audience of faculty, students, and staff from across the university.

In 2015 the Department of History established the Clio Awards -- which give cash awards to the three best student papers or posters presented by graduate History students at the GSRS.

We also encourage students to continue developing and presenting their research at conferences, including the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference, as well as national conferences, like the National Council on Public History, each year.

There are a number of other Public History projects that get done every year. You will be writing National Historic Landmark applications, working on exhibition briefs, archiving documents, learning new types of technology and putting on exhibitions. A few years ago we worked with local prisoners to put on an exhibition called ‘Art Beyond Bars'

We are also very fortunate to have the Drs. Steven Béla Várdy and Agnes Huszár Várdy International Research and Study Grant available to our students. This grant promotes international academic work and broadens students' global awareness by providing financial support to a leading graduate History student or Public History student doing research overseas.

student poster at conference

Above: A poster belonging to one of our graduate students and presented at the National Council on Public History's Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, April 2015