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Best Schreyer Senior Honors Thesis

The purpose of this award is to recognize the awardees for the excellent research undertaken for their senior honors thesis. We have 9 students who are completing their theses in history this year, three of whom are receiving this award.

Current Recipients:

Isabel Brady

Isabel is a senior, graduating with triple majors in History, Art History, and Medieval Studies, as well as minors in both Latin and Architectural History. Isabel wrote her interdisciplinary Senior Honors Thesis for History, Art History, and Medieval Studies under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Hudson. The title of her thesis is "Highway to the Heart: Ordering Beauty and Organizing Rome-Bound Pilgrims on Siena's Via Francigena". Next year, she will be attending the University of Cambridge to pursue an MPhil in Medieval History.

John Michael Gurklis

John is a senior, graduating with double majors in History and Archaeological Sciences, as well as triple minors in Spanish, Philosophy, and Middle Eastern Studies. John wrote his Senior Honors Thesis in History under the direction of Dr. Janina Safran. His thesis examines the topic of "Heritage from Israel/Palestine to the Holy Land: Using the Past in the Present for the Future". After graduation, John plans to apply to graduate school in the near future.

Aaron Morris

Aaron is a senior, graduating with triple majors in History, Political Science, and Spanish. Aaron wrote his interdisciplinary Senior Honors Thesis for History and Spanish, Portuguese, & Italian under the direction of Dr. Amira Rose Davis. His thesis is titled "Let My People Go: Religious Activism in the Civil Rights Movement and Chicano Movement". With plans to attend law school, Aaron has a full-time job as a legal assistant in State College, while his new wife completes her studies at Penn State.

Jade Rowland
Jade is a senior, graduating with double majors in History and Finance. Jade wrote her Senior Honors Thesis for History under the direction of Dr. Andrew Sandoval-Strausz. Her thesis, which is based on oral histories, is titled: “The Employment-Based Oral History Project. The H-1B Visa Program: Following a Pathway to Fruition and Beyond”. After graduation, Jade has accepted an offer at the London School of Economics where she will pursue a Master’s Degree in International Migration and Public Policy.