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       The Department of History is extremely proud of the the tradition of excellence set by our majors and graduate students. We honor many of these achievements every year at the Department Awards and Scholarships Ceremony, where we distribute 14 annual awards funded through  the generosity of alumni, faculty, and friends of the department.

      Traditionally, our students have also been very successful in winning campus-wide awards. For the past three years, a history student has won the award for Outstanding Graduate Student in The School of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. See below for a list of recent awardees.

      The department is also proud of our students' engagement in scholarship and the study of history outside the classroom. In addition to our undergraduate history club, History Forum, our majors and graduate students have historically been well represented at Scholars Day and some have traveled to present at undergraduate and graduate level conferences throughout the region. 

Follow the links below to see what our students are doing and how you can get involved!


We are delighted to announce that the following students have won campus-wide awards.

Paul Constantine, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, The School of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
This is the third year in a row that this award has gone to a history graduate student. In 2010-2011 Karin Torres Pena won the award, and in 2009-2010 Michael Fickess won the Graduate award and history major Peter Manktelow won the Outstanding Undergraduate Student award in The School of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Justin Jackson, President's Citation Award
This is the highest award given to a graduating senior at The College at Brockport.  It recognizes a student who is not only outstanding in the classroom — the minimum GPA for consideration is 3.75 — but also one who enhances the life of the College and the surrounding community through their involvement in extracurricular activities.  
Natalie Walton, Distinguished Professors Award for Graduate Student Research
This competitive, merit-based award funds original graduate student research.
Paige Doerner and Ben Young (co-awardee), Anne and Lynn Parsons Award
Due to the large number of high caliber applications submitted this year, the College decided to award two Parsons fellowships, and both were won by history students in our 4+1 program! The grant, which helps cover the cost of tuition, was established in 2006 by Dr. Lynn and Anne Parsons. This award has a special link with the Department of History. Dr. Lynn Parsons is an emeritus professor in the department (his wife, Anne, worked in IT Support Services), and the first award in 2006 went to a history student, Jasmine Bonow.

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Last Updated 12/11/14


History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Mainichi, a major national newspaper in Japan, for the Oct. 3, 2014, issue.

The department hosted an NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014.

History major Amy Freeman has published an article on the Eastman Dental Dispensary in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Yomuiri, a major national newspaper in Japan.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.


The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.