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Prizes & Achievements

Each year the department traditionally bestows a number of undergraduate awards at a year-end event in June. All awards recognize distinguished academic achievement, and some also take financial need into consideration. If you would like to be considered for one of these prizes, please notify Nick Mahlum in the History Department office via email at

If you wish to be considered for one of the awards based partly on financial need, please make sure that you have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the UO’s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships ( The form can be found online at

Award winners will be chosen by the History Department’s Undergraduate Major and Advising Committee.

The following three awards have traditionally been given to graduating seniors:

  • John A. Schwab Memorial Scholarship. This is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student who intends to teach history at the secondary or college level.
  • Faculty Recognition Award.  Funded by faculty contributions, this is awarded for exceptional work as an undergraduate.

These two awards go to juniors or sophomores:

  • Paul Dull Scholarship. Awarded to “outstanding junior history majors” for achievement and excellence in the classroom.
  • Edwin Bingham Scholarship. Awarded to an out-of-state undergraduate history major completing his or her sophomore or junior year and who has excelled “on the basis of the overall quality of their academic work, their commitment to learning, and their potential for further academic achievement.”

One award may be made to a graduate student:

  • Turner Prize.  Recipients must have demonstrated financial need and either a high degree of academic success as an graduate student, demonstrated scholarly achievement during previous work toward the advanced degree, or the professional or life experience of a re-entry advanced degree candidate that makes him or her a unique asset to the department.