Mr. Harrison Sampsel is the winner of the Arnold Blumberg Prize for excellence in the study of European History for 2013. The Arnold Blumberg Prize carries a cash award and is only open to History majors. Mr. Harrison has maintained a sterling 3.6 GPA at Towson and was honored on the Dean’s List four times. Harrison is looking forward to work in the federal government, possibly abroad in an embassy.
Douglas D. Martin Sr. History Prize
Ms. Katherine Lyons is the winner of the 2013 Douglas D. Martin Sr. History Prize for excellence in the study of the United States West or Native American Peoples. The Martin Prize carries a cash award and is only open to History majors. Ms. Lyons is a graduate of C. Milton Wright High School and a transfer student from Harford Community College. She is a Dean's List honoree and a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society. She hopes to use her History major and Anthropology minor to pursue a career in historical archaeology.
Mary Catherine Kahl Prize
Mr. Kevin Perraud is the winner of the 2013 Mary Catherine Kahl Prize for the best essay by a History major of outstanding promise. The Mary Catherine Kahl Prize carries a cash award and is only open to History majors. Mr. Perraud is a Dean’s List student with a 3.4 GPA in History. After graduation Mr. Perraud would like to pursue a career as a travel writer and study linguistics.
John Carter Matthews Prize
Ms. Stephanie Smith is a winner of the John Carter Matthews Prize for excellence in the study of history for 2013. The Matthews Prize carries a cash award of $1,000 and is only open to History majors. Since the summer of 2011, Ms. Smith has served as a historian with the Fort McHenry Guard, a unit sponsored by the National Park Service at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The Fort McHenry Guard portrays civilian and military life from the War of 1812 through World War II. Ms. Smith received the Sgt. Lou Miller Award for being the most dedicated Fort McHenry Guard volunteer. After Towson, Ms. Smith plans to work on a master's degree, with the goal of one day working either at a museum or with the National Park Service.
Mr. Ryan Fredriksson is a 2013 winner of a John Carter Matthews Prize for excellence in the study of history. The Matthews Prize carries a cash award of $1,000 and is only open to History majors. In addition to being a History major he is also majoring in Political Science. Mr. Fredriksson is a former Senator and Director in the Student Government Association. He also represented Towson on the University System of Maryland Student Council, which advises the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. He has been involved in numerous lobbying efforts in Annapolis on behalf of Towson University and higher education in Maryland. Mr. Fredriksson will graduate in January and hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Administration.
Sanders Senior Prize
Mr. Samuel Moore is the 2013 recipient of the Sanders Senior Prize in History for excellence in the study of history. This award is given to a senior who will be attending graduate school in history. The Sander Senior Prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and is only open to History majors. Mr. Moore is the editor for the Towson University Journal of Historical Studies. He has maintained a 3.5 GPA in History and has been named to the Dean’s List twice. Mr. Moore will soon move to Brandeis University to study in the Near Eastern & Judaic Studies program. He plans on conducting research into Sumerian and Akkadian literature. Mr. Moore’s goal is to teach at the college level.
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