Department Scholarships and Support for Research



two students - one female, one male - showing their award certificates


PHOTO: The department's highest honor, the Honors Thesis Research Grant, was presented to Sasha Zborovsky and Matthew Bonner on April 23, 2019, at a luncheon held in the Ohio Union's Cartoon Room.

Department of History Undergraduate Awards 2021

Each spring, we invite our history undergraduates to apply for departmental awards and scholarships. This year, awards were distributed on April 16, 2021 during a virtual awards ceremony, with faculty, students, donors, and honored guests in attendance. Please check back in January 2022 to apply next time.

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding accomplishment!

Lloyd Roberts Evans Endowed Scholarship in History | Abigail Christiansen
For history majors of junior or senior rank with a GPA of 3.4 or above.

Goldman Family Enrichment Scholarship | Claire Carmi
For history majors with internship or research opportunities that may lead to careers in business.

Marge Haffner Memorial Scholarship | Claire Carmi
For a history student who already has some form of financial aid.

Austin Kerr Scholarship in Modern American History | Emily Needham
For history majors studying modern American history. Award based on financial need.

Dr. John and Marilyn Nethers Endowed Scholarship | Daniel Adamson, Luke Maloney and Jacob Novack
Supports undergraduate students majoring in history.

Lois Kemp Shinkle Memorial Scholarship | Emily Taft
For history education majors.

Dr. John T. von der Heide Scholarship | Daniel Adamson, Mayson Bostic, Jacob Novack
For history majors entering their senior year in 2021-2022. Award based on merit and financial need.

Adrienne A. and Marvin R. Zahniser Scholarship | Claire Carmi
For Columbus campus history majors entering their senior year in 2021-2022. The scholarship is awarded to a history major whose total GPA puts them in the top 10% of all history majors (currently, GPA 3.95 or higher).


Outstanding Research Seminar Essays

As the title suggests, these are essays that were turned in as assignments during the students' research seminar. Faculty who teach undergraduate seminars nominate papers they consider truly outstanding. Those papers are then judged by a panel, which includes the department's Honors coordinator and two members of the Undergraduate Teaching Committee.

The 2020-2021 Outstanding Research Seminar Essays included the following:

Chelsea Hile, "Treasure Hunt in China: Plunder by the Japanese Military, 1937-1942"

Juliette Kokernot, "Development of Russian Marxism from Hegel to Lenin"

Zijin Liu, "Saving the Citizens and Saving the Country: The Role of the Chinese Elite in Wartime Migration, 1937-1945"

Maggie Seikel, "The Great Depression in More Ways Than One: Why Do Americans Commit Suicide During Economic Crises?"

Grant Terrell, "Blood, Bread, and Postponing the Terror: Revolutionary France and the Terror of 1789"


History Majors' Views on Departmental Scholarships