Quinnipiac University College of Arts and Sciences

History Students in Orlando

In Research, Students on February 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm

National Phi Alpha Theta Honors Conference Presentations

Four CAS students and their adviser David Valone traveled to Orlando, Florida in January to present papers at the biennial national meeting of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honors society for history. The four–all history majors–Mark Firmani, Andrew Lavoie, Ryan Walker, and Emily Zwart, presented papers based upon original research they had conducted during the past year.

Their papers were on a wide range of topics, from “The Ethiopian Exception: The Rise of a Christian African Empire” to “Mary Seacole and the Crimean War: Race, Cass, and Gender in 19th c. Caribbean Medicine.” The four had submitted their work to the national Phi Alpha Theta conference for consideration, and were selected for the program along with about 100 students from across the nation.

The students also got to attend informational sessions like “Publishing a Student Journal,” “Building a Stronger Phi Alpha Theta Chapter,” and “Applying to Graduate School in History.” They also attended paper sessions given by fellow undergraduates as well as graduate students and faculty during the three-day event. Upon their return, the students discussed their experiences with the members of the History department faculty. The History department plans to use their experience as a model for further developing its own biannual “Senior Thesis Conference” capstone event, where seniors present their thesis research.

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