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Student Opportunities

In addition to your coursework, there are other ways to engage in the scholarly world 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.

History Graduate Students at the 2018 Mini ConferenceHistory students in the Senior Honors/Graduate Research Seminar have a chance to present their research at an annual Mini Conference hosted by the History Department.

Back Row: Graduate students Paul Weinbaum, Andy Vargas, Chris Shumaker, and Tracy Mee
Middle Row: Graduate student Molly Breit, Assistant Professor of History Dr. Robin Chapdelaine, and Undergraduate student Lydia Strickling
Front Row: Graduate students Bill Smolter and Kerry Jo Green

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 held across the country (and the world!). And with funding available to graduate students, participating in these types of conferences is all the more possible.

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.

Alexandra Zaremba

Student Alexandra Zaremba, 2016 and 2017 recipient of the Várdy Grant, in front of the Croatian State Archives.