Amy Talbott Leach Memorial Award

This award was created in 2017 to honor the memory of Amy Talbott Leach, Class of 1986, whose study of history at UCSB helped shape her understanding of the world in which she lived. The award recognizes her commitment to social justice in the United States and abroad and her love of travel. It is given to an undergraduate History […]

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Hal Drake Honor Key

In 2014, the UCSB chapter of Phi Beta Kappa created the Hal Drake Honor Key to honor emeritus Professor Hal Drake for his more than 40 years of service to the chapter. It is awarded each year to the highest achieving History or History of Public Policy major selected for admission to the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, […]

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Phi Beta Kappa

2017 Andy Coco Chen, Paolo de la Cruz-Perez, Robert Alexander King, Cameron James Klein, Emily Jane Leifer, Vincent Taylor Shepherd, Katie Anna Weinstein, Cheryl Ellen Wilson 2016 Elizabeth Anne Bellas, Audrey Ann Dalton, Elizabeth Anne Schmidt

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History of Public Policy Senior Thesis Prize

This prize was created in 2011 to recognize the outstanding senior thesis written by a student in the History of Public Policy major. Present and previous recipients: 2017 Elizabeth Schmidt, “Representation without Taxation: Isla Vista and the Tax Revolt in California.” 2016 Laurel Handler-Vosen, “Gender, Identity and Law in Early Modern England” 2015 Kevin Dibb, “Bloody Mistakes: Pricks in America’s National […]

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Ronald Boorman Memorial Scholarship

Ronald Boorman was president of the first senior class to graduate from the then-new Goleta campus in 1955. He went on to receive an MA in History in 1957 and to teach history at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara. The scholarship, created following Mr. Boorman’s unexpected death in April, 2008, is intended to support undergraduate students who are […]

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William E. Nida Scholarship

The William E. Nida Scholarship is intended to provide a legacy for future generations of History teachers by encouraging quality undergraduate students to continue their education as history majors. Students must have an interest in U.S. history, high academic achievement, and a desire to pursue a career in teaching. Present and previous recipients: 2017 Angelica Naydeen Garcia 2016 Andrew Alexander Garcia 2015 […]

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Marion Ramstad Scholarship

The Marion Ramstad Scholarship in History is to benefit the educational experience of UCSB undergraduates who are declared majors in European or Asian history. Marion Ramstad and her husband Dean are philanthropic former residents of Santa Barbara who continue to be involved with UCSB. Present and previous recipients: 2017 Alexander Michael Garcia Matthew Hernandez 2016 Sally Mei 2015 Remy Bogna […]

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Nicholas and Lena Dumas Essay Award

The Nicholas and Lena Dumas Essay Award in the History of Culture of the Greek People in Ancient and Medieval Times is given for the best undergraduate paper on a topic in Greek History and Culture written by students in History or Classics.. It was created by Nicholas and Lena Dumas to honor students in their adopted home of Santa […]

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Margaret J. Straight Scholarship

The Margaret J. Straight Scholarship in American History is funded by the Mission Canyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This award goes to a Junior who is a history major with a demonstrated interest in American history and, if possible, an interest in teaching. It is given in memory of Margaret J. Straight, a beloved former 75-year member […]

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A. Russell Buchanan Award

This award was created by the UCSB Alumni Association in memory of A. Russell Buchanan, Professor of History from 1936 to 1973. It is presented to a graduating senior majoring in History or History of Public Policy, for superior scholarship, undergraduate achievement, and potential for graduate research and continued success in the field. Present and previous recipients: 2017 Andy Coco […]

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Stuart Bernath Prize

The Stuart L. Bernath Prize is awarded to the History undergraduate whose research paper is selected by the History Prizes Committee as the best paper produced in a one-quarter course. Present and previous recipients: (prizes prior to 1990 were administered by the History department) 2017 Elizabeth Schmidt, “Emmet Till, Haled Said and Civil Rights in the U.S. and Egypt.” 2016 Clayton […]

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History Associates Board Prize

The History Associates Board Prize recognizes the best paper produced in the History Department’s Senior Honors seminar, as determined by the History Prizes Committee. Present and previous recipients: 2017 Katherine Sebas, “The Clinton Administration and the Rwandan Genocide.” 2016 Charles J. Kay “Dogwhistle Disarmament: A History of Racialized Gun Control in 20th Century America” 2015 Zachary Alpert, “The Failure of the […]

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Dick Cook Memorial Award

The Dick Cook Memorial Award is presented to a graduate or undergraduate student who is outstanding in terms of research, teaching, and service to the department. It is given in honor of Dick Cook, the founding president of the UCSB History Associates. This gift is eligible for matching dollars from the Van Gelderen challenge. Recipients: 2017 David McIntosh (grad) Paolo De La Cruz-Perez (undergrad) […]

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