It is the mission of HPG that our curriculums encourage meaningful work by students. We seek that our students' work be something more than an exercise in skill-development or a demonstration of content knowledge--it should be meaningful in a greater sense. HPG students get the opportunity to do work that is 1) meaningful personally, to them, because they get the opportunity to select the question or problem they want to research; 2) meaningful to the discipline(s) because what they are doing pushes the limits of what is known; and 3) meaningful to the public because it is a question or issue of significance. When students conduct meaningful research, they forward the discipline and connect to "real world" problems and issues.
Here are just a few examples of the fascinating work being done by HPG students!
Rachael Damms, "History Pin: A Digital Tour of Mississippi University for Women," digital tour, Fall 2015
Brooke Farley, "The Contradiction of Slavery in the Revolutionary War," digital exhibit, Fall 2015
Rain Gerteis, "The Desegregation of Mississippi State College for Women," digital exhibit, Fall 2015
Kayla Robison, "The Counterculture in Mississippi during the 1960s and 1970s," digital exhibit, Fall 2015
Candice Walls, "The Great Depression at Mississippi State College for Women," digital exhibit, Fall 2015
Charles Griffith, "Mississippi University for Women Integration Project: A Researcher's Guide," digital exhibit, Fall 2014.
Sarah Whitt, "Change through the Decades: Desegregation of the MSCW Social Clubs," digital exhibit, Fall 2014.
Ashley Cardenas, "'Only an Ordinary Woman': A Digital Exhibit on Annie Coleman Peyton and the Founding of Mississippi University for Women," digital exhibit, Fall 2013.
Nichole Larson, "Gendered Images: Finding Connections in Local Advertisements from Columbus, Ms.," digital exhibit, Fall 2013.
Christian Friar, "Black, White, and Freedom: Seeing the Color of Slavery through Advertisements," digital exhibit, Fall 2013.
Civil War 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration, HIS 441 American Social History (Charles Griffith, Katoria Rice, Bethany Huff, Emily Wicker, Karen Lott, and Christian Friar) presented research presentation and posters on local Civil War history, Columbus Lowndes Public Library, Columbus, Mississippi, May 2, 2013.
Whitney Russell, “Designing a Public History Exhibition: The Difficulties in Displaying Genocide,” The Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference, Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi, April 17-19, 2013; “The Changes of Anti-Semitism in Mississippi: From the Holocaust to the Civil Rights Movement,” Mississippi Phi Alpha Theta Conference, Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi, March 1-2, 2013,
Miranda Vaughn, “A Study of Civil Rights in Aberdeen,” The Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference, Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi, April 17-19, 2013
Lacy Jaudon, “Heroic Prostitute Tropes in Pre-Production Code and Immediate Post-Production Code Hollywood,” Symposium for History Undergraduate Research, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, May 18-19, 2012.
J. Matthew Ward, “‘Her Own Sense of Right’: Civil War Rhetoric and Southern Women,” Symposium for History Undergraduate Research, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, May 18-19, 2012; The Mississippi Historical Society Conference, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi, March 1-3, 2012.
Jaleesa Fields, “Out from the Shadow: Integration at Mississippi State College for Women,” Creative Arts Festival, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, April 13-14, 2012; The Mississippi Historical Society Conference, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi, March 1-3, 2012.
Nichole Larson, “John F. Kennedy and Creating Public Support for the War,” the Mississippi Historical Society Conference, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi, March 1-3, 2012.
- Nonpartisan Voter Guide, 2016, an election guide created by Dr. Chanley Rainey's class on Campaigns and Elections. The guide includes details of candidates for District 3's Mississippi Supreme Court Justice and District 1’s US Representative.
All presentations were made at annual meetings of the Mississippi Political Science Association.
Pedro Acevedo, “Will Japan March Again?” – February 7-8, 2014 (at Ole Miss)
Clint Gannon, “Canadian Healthcare Challenges in the 21st Century” – February 7-8, 2014 (at Ole Miss)
Menuka Ban, “Somalia: Rising from a Failed State?” – November 2-3, 2012 (at Delta State)
Jasmin Fleming, “North Korea’s Direction after Kim Jong-Il” - November 2-3, 2012 (at Delta State)
Patricia Hernandez, “Cuba: An Example of Communist Success or Misinformation?” - November 2-3, 2012 (at Delta State)
Karen Lott, “Educational Equality vs. Economic Competitiveness: An Analysis of German Vocational Education” - November 2-3, 2012 (at Delta State); Won the conference’s award for best undergraduate paper
Jordan Kaase, “Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Gathering Strategy and effectiveness in Mississippi” – November 11-12, 2011 (at Millsaps)
Preston Veal, “Is China Ready for Hegemony?” - November 11-12, 2011 (at Millsaps)
Jacorius Liner, “Libya’s Transition: Will Qaddafi’s Ouster Bring Democracy?” - November 11-12, 2011 (at Millsaps)
Nikki Rister, “Morocco’s Future: Presidential Democracy or Authoritarianism?” - November 11-12, 2011 (at Millsaps)
Julie Foster, “Democracy in Indonesia: is It Sustainable?” - November 11-12, 2011 (at Millsaps)
Bess Toyama, “The KGB’s Persistent Impact on Russian Government” – November 5-6, 2010 (at MUW)
Eve Certhoux, “The Persistence of the National front in French Politics: Its Impact beyond the 2002 Presidential Elections” - November 5-6, 2010 (at MUW)
Lesly Griffin, “A Democratic Government in Iraq?” - November 5-6, 2010 (at MUW)
Terresia Rush, “Women’s Rights Movements in Saudi Arabia - November 5-6, 2010 (at MUW)
Laura Corley, “Is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Moving Liberia toward or away from Genuine Democracy?” - November 5-6, 2010 (at MUW)
Hunter Harris, “Explaining Support among African-Americans for the Democratic Party” - November 6-7, 2009 (at Millsaps)
Lauren Jee, “Poetry as a Form of Political Reconciliation” – November 6-7, 2009 (at Millsaps)
- Tamara Rutledge, "The Poet Activist: Black & Lesbian Indetities as Creative Inspiration" - 2016
Valerie Baldwin, “Possible Health Benefits of Religious Practices” – 2013
Jay Armstrong: “Reclamation of the World by the Adamic Race: The Claims of Christian Identity Minister Dr. Wesley A. Swift,” 2012
Will Richey: “Music Video Project: Hayden Allen’s ‘Take Me,’” 2011
J. Alec Hawkins: “Alice A. Bailey and Her Mystic Interpretation of the Christ,” 2011
Listed below are the winners of departmental awards in order by year.
Political Science Student of the Year: Bryn Bailey
History Student of the Year: Rachael Damms
History Capstone Paper of the Year: Rachael Damms
Social Sciences Student of the Year: Michelle Cheney
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Student of the Year: Elizabeth Varvel
International Studies: Ashley Morgan
Geography Student of the Year: Sherwin Prescott
Interdisciplinary Studies Student of the Year: Tamara Rutledge
Political Science Student of the Year: Briana Warner
Public Administration Certificate Program Student of the Year: TaRoya Hollis
History Student of the Year: Jessica Thornhill
History Capstone Paper of the Year: Sarah Whitt
History Major with a Public History Emphasis: Charles Griffith
Future Teacher of the Year for HPG: Christopher Rice
Social Sciences Student of the Year: Charles Gartman
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Student of the Year: George Stoner
American Studies Student of the Year: Ashley G. Smith
Geography Student of the Year: LaTasha Windham
Over the years, some history majors at MUW have especially distinguished themselves among their peers in their coursework. The History faculty honor such students with the Clio Award, named for the muse of History. Their achievement is commemorated in a case on the second floor of Painter Hall. It is a long tradition of distinction. The history faculty look forward to adding new names to the program's own long, blue line.
2016: Rachael Damms
2015: Jessica Thornhill
2014: Ashley Cardenas
2013: Whitney Russell
2012: Anna Barnett
Previous CLIO Award Winners include:
Cheryl Yvonne Zepponi
Rose Marie Hassemer
Susan Jane Rayner
Sharon Lee Price
Katherine Lorraine Baker
Mary Jo Madison
Susan Kathryn Fraysur
Audra M. Oden
Leigh Ann Watson
Tim Clevenger & Shelley McNees (joint awardees)