Student wins Best Paper at regional conference

Student wins Best Paper at regional conference

The students who attended the Pennsylvania West Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference and Undergraduate History Forum. (left to right: Ben Toth, Shannon Sheridan, John Sibel, Rita Sausmikat, Kasandra Hadzima)

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Rita Sausmikat, a Lycoming College senior with a major in history, won “Best Paper” at the Pennsylvania West Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference and Undergraduate History Forum on April 18.

Pennsylvania East Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference and Undergraduate History Forum was held at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Ursinus College’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, hosted over 60 student-presenters from various colleges and universities.

Sausmikat’s paper, “Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Eleanor of Aquitaine’s Political Career and Its Significance to Noblewomen,” advised by Cullen Chandler, department chair and associate professor of history at Lycoming College, was judged in the Gendered Lives in Medieval and Early Modern Europe section of the conference.

Other students who attended and presented at the conference include Ben Toth, a senior history major; Shannon Sheridan a senior history, Spanish and political science major; John Sibel a senior history major with an education certification; Kasandra Hadzima a senior history and archeology major.

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