Student History Papers Win Awards At USD Conference

VERMILLION, S.D. – Five undergraduate students of history received awards during the 50th annual Student History Conference held recently at the University of South Dakota.

Twenty-three graduate and undergraduate students from four colleges and universities throughout the region presented or commented on papers. The winning authors earned certificates and book awards.

Jack Tunstall, history professor at the University of South Florida and Executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, presented the plenary lecture, “The Effects of World War I on World History.” The conference was sponsored by the USD history department and the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

Here are the winners:

Modern Social Movements: Christopher Zimmer of Rapid City, USD, “A Self-inflicted Wound: How Militancy Backfired on the Black Panther Party” Women’s History: Carolyn Johnson, Augustana College, “The Sisters of Cheer: A Consideration of South Dakota Women on the World War I Home Front”
Ancient History: Jessica Sundleaf of Sioux Falls
, USD, “Germania”
Intellectual History: Jonathan Susemihl of Sioux Falls; USD; “The Crusades Today: How the Perceptions of a Medieval War Affect Contemporary Conflict in the Middle East”
Environmental History: Cindy Schnabel of Northern State University; “Arsenic, Grasshoppers and the Water in Oakes, North Dakota, 1930-2006”


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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News