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Honors Symposium

Colleen Harrison presents her thesis at the 2018 Honors Symposium. Photo: Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

Honors Symposium

The Honors program culminates with the annual Honors Symposium, the Friday before spring commencement. At the symposium, the honors students present their thesis research to an audience composed of their thesis advisors, family, and friends. Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, the History Department has a number of awards for outstanding thesis writing and the best oral presentation. These are presented at the symposium (view past winners) and include:

  • Arthur Fondiler Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis
  • John A. Williams History Award
  • Stephen J. Tonsor History of Ideas Undergraduate Honors Award
  • James A. Knight Scholarships in History
  • Stephen J. Tonsor Best Oral Presentation of Thesis Award