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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


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

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.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"