2023 Undergraduate Awards
I am a History major with aspirations to continue my education in law school. I love studying history, as it is super important to understand the past to better our future. I enjoy studying Victorian Britain and the history of the social body.
I am double majoring in English and History, with an integrated minor in Human Rights and Resources through the Honors College. I love studying history because I believe the past is the prism through which we can come to understand our present and our future. Plus, I am just so interested in what people in the past acted like, thought like, and believed in, and I am always so amazed to see how similar we can be to our ancestors. My research interests are very eclectic, but if I had to select a specific area I would say 19th century British history, as I am a fan of learning about both Victorian literature and Victorian history, as well as the industrial revolution and the societal impacts it had.
I am majoring in History with a minor in Art History. I enjoy studying cultural practices and how they have developed throughout history, particularly historical art and literature. My honors thesis research focuses on sexual violence in ancient Rome, its relation to the founding myths of Rome, and what it reveals about the values of Roman society.
Callie Avondet is a third-year honors history and sociology major. Her research interests include Black history of education and student protests. She views history as an essential tool for understanding current institutions and attitudes.
I am entering my senior year as a double major in History and Gender Studies. My field of interest explores the history of LGBTQ+ rights and the social and cultural history of the counterculture movements that arise in opposition to restrictive laws. Over the summer, I will be researching how drag queens in Utah facilitate community building through fundraising.
I am majoring in History and Religious Studies and will be receiving an honors degree in both. I see history and religious studies as nearly inseparable and I feel that a sincere understanding of both is important to being an informed, respectful, open-minded, and contributing participant in any community. I am interested in the intersection between history and religious studies and how they inform one another. My honors thesis research focused on the LDS Relief Society and its transformation in response to war-induced social, economic, and political changes during World War II.
Ryan is a Graduating Senior and History Major at the University of Utah. For him, history is an essential field of study as it can better inform individuals about current trends and global developments, while also generally sharpening speaking and writing skills. In terms of research, Ryan is interested in 19th and 20th Century US and European History, as well as related concepts such as imperialism and colonialism.
I'm majoring in history because history, and my passion for it, is built on the stories of individuals. Since I was a child, I have been fascinated with stories, and at the end of the day, my love of stories within and without history comes from my fondness for people. I am interested in researching the history of the U.S. incarceration system and how systemic injustices within this system effected, and continue to effect, the lives of incarcerated individuals.
I am Alexander Jolley, and I am pursuing a double major in History and Geography with a minor in Creative Writing to eventually become a Curator of Rare Books. What I love most, and how these two majors complement each other beautifully, are people, the unique human experiences, and the world we inhabit. I am most interested in research and writings on beliefs, practices, experiences, and endeavors that put into perspective the space and area in which they occurred. Books, especially, are a favorite cultural object of mine, as they are a time capsule into the lives of those who worked to make them possible; that is why my opportunity to work at the Rare Book Office is so meaningful to me.
I recently graduated with a double major in History and Environmental & Sustainability Studies. Studying history has helped me understand that divisions and constructs we view as innate to our existence have been reshaped in countless ways over time. History denaturalizes the present, allowing you to imagine new ways of being while understanding the legacies of the past that we bear. My areas of interest include medical and environmental history, the origins of professionalization, and print culture. I am currently working for the Forest Service researching dryland ecosystems and hope to attend law school.
Hannah Salas is a rising senior at the University of Utah, and is double majoring in Musical Theatre and History. She loves studying history for the same reason she loves studying musical theatre: there are millions of stories to be learned and shared with the world, and it is our job as historians to discover, research, and preserve those stories for future generations. She believes that it is incredibly important to learn about the past to inform our decision-making in the present, and to realize that historical events have major consequences on our lives to this day. She is interested in researching Europe’s involvement in World War II, particularly concerning Holocaust resistance efforts in Germany and the effects of Fascism and the Holocaust on the average German citizen, both Jewish and non-Jewish. She is also interested in researching the intersection of Musical Theatre and History, particularly concerning how events like the Holocaust are remembered through art forms like theatre.
I am an upcoming third-year majoring in Political Science and History, with an interest in when and how those fields intersect. I enjoy studying history because of what it can tell us about future actions and consequences, which makes the study of yesterday the consideration of tomorrow. I intend to go to law school in the near future, and apply these lessons to work in public policy. I am currently in the midst of beginning research on the Spanish Civil War and Populism, which can be useful for both historians and political scientists in this age.