Student Awards and Honors


Annual Departmental Awards


The John Henry Davis Award is named for the late Professor of History who taught at the College from 1926 through 1969. He was a founder of the College’s tutorial system and he created the interdisciplinary course, “Man in the Light of History and Religion,” later renamed “The Search for Values.” He was the first president of the British Studies at Oxford program. This award is given annually to the outstanding senior history major. Benjamin Evans received the 2014 John Henry Davis Award.  

The Douglas W. Hatfield Award is named for the J.J. McComb professor of history (1989-2001) who joined the faculty in 1965. Dr. Hatfield was also Chair of the Department of History from 1970 to 1980 and Director of the Search for Values Program from 1985-2000. Prof. Hatfield, who retired in 2004, continues to teach in the Department on a part-time basis. This award is given to the senior history major who has distinguished her/himself in the area of undergraduate research in history. Phoebe Strom received the 2014 Douglas W. Hatfield Award.

The Phi Alpha Theta Award is presented annually to a senior for outstanding service to the history honor society. Camilla Morrison received the 2014 Phi Alpha Theta Award.

The First Year Award in History is given to a first-year student who has done exeptional work in a history course, demonstrated commitment to the discipline of history, and achieved a record of overall academic excellence at the College. Brooks Lamb received the 2014 First Year Award in History.