2016 News Releases
History Honor Society receives prestigious Gerald Nash Award and Best Chapter Award
For the third consecutive year, the Texas Woman’s University chapter of the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta has received the prestigious Gerald Nash Award for the best online student history journal in the United States. The chapter’s annual peer-reviewed publication, Ibid: A Student History Journal, is a collaborative effort involving more than 40 TWU students who write, edit and review essays.
Ibid relies on a faculty review board comprised of members from universities across the country who read and provide feedback for student submissions. For the second year in a row, the chapter also sponsored a successful history essay-writing contest in local community colleges. The winning essays were featured in Ibid.
The Gerald Nash Award is considered to be the pre-eminent national award for student history journals. Universities receiving honorable mention this year included California State University Los Angeles and Chapman University.
“I am very proud of our students' excellent work,” noted associate professor of history and Ibid faculty adviser, Jacob Blosser, Ph.D. “Ibid celebrates both our students' original research and the strength of TWU's commitment to quality mentorship between faculty and students.”
Also, for the fifth consecutive year, the chapter has received a Best Chapter Award from the national Phi Alpha Theta organization. TWU joins other prominent universities receiving this distinction from Phi Alpha Theta, which has more than 900 chapters in the U.S.
The TWU group was named “Best Chapter” in the nation for Division IV, which includes colleges and universities with enrollments of 10,001 to 14,999 students. As part of the award, TWU’s chapter will be featured in an upcoming issue of Phi Alpha Theta’s national publication, The News Letter, and the TWU Department of History and Government will receive $250.
As in past years, the chapter will use the prize to purchase history-themed books for a Denton elementary school.
This award culminates many years of growth for the TWU chapter. Since 2008, the chapter has sponsored 100 student-presenters at regional and national conferences, including 15 students who presented their original research at conferences in Fort Worth and Orlando during the 2015-2016 academic year.
The TWU chapter also sponsors a monthly lunchtime lecture series, an annual “History Field Day” for preschool children and a “History vs. Hollywood” film series that draws large crowds from the university community.
The TWU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has won best chapter awards in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta has chapters on more than 900 campuses across the United States. Membership in the society is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet specific academic criteria. Though members once were exclusively history majors, a majority of new members now come from disciplines across the university. For more information on Ibid and TWU’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter, visit www.twu.edu/history-government/ibid/.