In addition to coursework, there are other ways for graduate History students to engage in scholarly activities at Duquesne and elsewhere. Many students have their first chance to do so at the annual 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 History Department established the Clio Awards, which give cash awards to the three best student papers or posters presented by graduate History students at the GSRS.
In spring 2019 the Department of History will establish the Excellence in Graduate History Awards which give cash awards to the two best graduating graduate students in either the Historical Studies and/or Public History programs.
In addition, we encourage students to continue developing and presenting their research at conferences, including the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference, as well as the many graduate student and national conferences such as the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies and the American Historical Association. And with funding available to graduate students, participating in these types of conferences is all the more possible.
We also 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 by providing financial support to a leading graduate Historical Studies or Public History student doing research overseas.
Student Alexandra Zaremba, 2016 and 2017 recipient of the Várdy Grant, in front of the Croatian State Archives.