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Annual Student History Conference

The Annual Student History Conference is held in the Spring Quarter of every year. Undergraduate and graduate students present original historical research conducted in any DePaul class. Submit papers for consideration via the online system

2019 Student History Conference

The conference celebrates its fifteenth year in 2019 and will be held on Friday April 26th.

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Past Conferences

2019 Student History Conference

The 15th Annual Student History Conference was held on April 26, 2019. Thirty-two students presented throughout the day. Jakobi Williams, Professor in history at Indiana University in Bloomington, delivered the Daniel Goffman Keynote Address, “Chairman Fred Hampton and the Transnational Impact of the Black Panther Party.”

Congratulations to our conference paper award winners:
Kathryn DeGraff Award for the Best History Department Undergraduate Methods Course Paper
Alec Beaird, “A Code of Silence: Child Sex Abuse and Bishop Obstruction of the National Review Board”

James P. Krokar Award for the Best Paper in an Advanced Undergraduate Course
Sydney O’ Hare, “”Wilful” Women: Representations of Female Murderers in The London Times from 1805-1880”

Best Graduate Student Paper
Natalie Myrwold, “The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793 Through the Personal Diary of Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker”

And congratulations to John Eckenstein, winner of the Albert Erlebacher-Cornelius Sippel Award, presented to the graduating major with the highest history department major GPA and to Paige Schuck the recipient of our award for graduating minor with the highest history department minor GPA.​

2018 Student History Conference

The 14th Annual Student History Conference was held on May 4, 2018. Thirty-one students presented throughout the day. Karen L. Cox, Professor in history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, delivered the Daniel Goffman Keynote Address, “Confederate Monuments in the Jim Crow South.”

Congratulations to our conference paper award winners:
Kathryn DeGraff Award for the Best History Department Undergraduate Methods Course Paper
Kathy Bean, “Native American Portraiture by E. A. Burbank at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”

James P. Krokar Award for the Best Paper in an Advanced Undergraduate Course
Catrien Egbert, “”Directly Feminine Work:” Female Advocacy and the Emergence of Professional Home Decorators in England, 1860-1900”

Best Graduate Student Paper
Joshua Stern, “United States Propaganda Operations During the Contra War, 1980-1988”

And congratulations to Robert Rosenbaugh, winner of the Albert Erlebacher-Cornelius Sippel Award, presented to the graduating major with the highest history department major GPA and to Amy Hildebrand the recipient of our inaugural award for graduating minor with the highest history department minor GPA.​

2017 Student History Conference

The 13th Annual Student History Conference was held on May 5, 2017. Twenty-five students presented throughout the day. Merry E. Wiesner Hanks, Professor in history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, delivered the Daniel Goffman Keynote Address, “To the Ends of the Earth: Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation.”

Congratulations to our conference paper award winners:
Kathryn DeGraff Award for the Best History Department Undergraduate Methods Course Paper
Lane Beckstrom, “Imperfect Democracy: Fourth of July Articles in Japanese Internment Camp Newspapers”

James P. Krokar Award for the Best Paper in an Advanced Undergraduate Course
Kira Light, “The Parental State: A Study of the Wisconsin Child Welfare System during the Progressive Era”

Best Graduate Student Paper
Mitchell Lohr, “Knights of the Guilded Circle?: How the Knights of the Golden Circle Exploited Popular Culture to Attempt to Secure a Slave-Holding Empire”

And congratulations to Steven Reese, winner of the Albert Erlebacher-Cornelius Sippel Award, presented to the graduating major with the highest history department major GPA and to Yasmin Zacaria Mitchel the recipient of our inaugural award for graduating minor with the highest history department minor GPA.

Photos of the conference are available on our Facebook page.​

2016 Student History Conference

The 12th Annual Student History Conference was held on April 29, 2016. Twenty-three students presented throughout the day. Marnie Hay, lecturer in history at the St. Patrick’s Campus of Dublin City University in Ireland, delivered the Daniel Goffman Keynote Address, “Living and Dying for Ireland: Youth and the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.”

Congratulations to our conference paper award winners:
Kathryn DeGraff Award for the Best History Department Undergraduate Methods Course Paper
Jack DeHaven —"Left in the Orchards: Straggling in the Maryland Campaign of 1862"

Student History Conference James P. Krokar Award for the Best Paper in an Advanced Undergraduate Course
Chas Sirridge —"The Chicago Plan Commission and the Vision for Postwar Chicago”

Best Graduate Student Paper
Mitchell Lohr —"Edward the Caresser: The Unlikely King Who Saved the British Monarch”

And congratulations to Tyler Stone, winner of the Albert Erlebacher-Cornelius Sippel Award, presented to the graduating senior with the highest history department major GPA!

Photos of the conference are available on our Facebook page.

2015 Student History Conference

The 11th  Annual Student History Conference was held on May 1, 2015. Thirty-one students presented throughout the day. Peter Kuznick, professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, delivered the Daniel Goffman Keynote Address.

Congratulations to our conference paper award winners:

Kathryn DeGraff Award for the Best History Department Undergraduate Methods Course Paper 
Kirsten Lopez —"What Lurks Within Us: the Symbolism of Human-Animal Metamorphosis in Yonec and Bisclavret”

Student History Conference James P. Krokar Award for the Best Paper in an Advanced Undergraduate Course
Kristin Masterson —"Emmett J. Scott’s ‘Official History’ of the African-American Experience in World War One:  Negotiating Race on the National and International Stage”

Best Graduate Student Paper
Brittany Harrison —"’As Good Fathers of Families’: Rethinking the French Code Noir and the Boundaries of Slaveholders’ Authority”

And congratulations to Rosa Gallagher and Derek Potts, winners of the Albert Erlebacher-Cornelius Sippel Award, presented to the graduating senior with the highest history department major GPA—this year there was a tie!

2014 Student History Conference

The 10th Annual Student History Conference was held on May 2, 2014.  Thirty students presented throughout the day. Jason Crouthamel, associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University, delivered the Daniel Goffman Keynote Address. 

Photos of the conference are available on our Facebook page.

2013 Student History Conference

The 9th Annual Student History Conference was held on April 26, 2013. Thirty-three student presented and 24 students were inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta honor society. Delivering the Daniel Goffman Keynote Lecture this year was  Thavolia Glymph, associate professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University. Professor Glymph gave a talk related to the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation entitled "Emancipation and the Meaning of Freedom." 

Photos of the conference will be available on our Facebook page. View the conference program.

2012 Student History Conference

The 8​th Annual Student History Conference was held on April 27, 2012. T​he keynote speaker was Danielle McGuire, assistant professor of history at Wayne State University.

View the keynote lecturePhotos from ​the conference are available on our Facebook page. View the​ conference schedule.

2011 Student History Conference

The 7th Annual Student History Conference was held April 29, 2011. More than 40 students presented on a range of topics, including "Commerce and the State," "1930s America" and "Court Cases and Race." The key​note speaker, Asif Siddiqi, delivered a lecture on "Gagarin at 50: Revisiting the Origins of the Spac​e Race." 

2010 Student History Conference

​The 6th Annual Student History Conference was held on April 30, 2010. Panels included topics, such as The American City, Gender and Communism, and History through Unconventional Sources.  Emilio Kouri of the history department at the University of Chicago delivered the keynote lecture on "Indians and Nation in Modern Mexico."  ​