TEXARKANA, TX. September 25, 2014 – Several Texas A&M University-Texarkana history students were recognized today at the annual Bennie Walthall Award for the Best Papers Written in A&M-Texarkana History Courses.
In 2008, the History Program at Texas A&M-Texarkana inaugurated the Bennie Walthall Award for the best research papers written in A&M-Texarkana history courses. The late Dr. Bennie Walthall established an endowment fund to provide the annual awards of $1,000 in prize monies to four students. The contest has two categories: undergraduate and graduate student papers. The College of Education and Liberal Arts presents each winner with a certificate at an awards banquet open to the public. Dr. Carr Winn, a retired A&M-Texarkana History Professor, judges the papers and selects the winners.
Applicants submit a history paper written for an A&M-Texarkana course between the fall 2012 and spring 2014 semesters. To be eligible for consideration, undergraduate papers must have a minimum of 1,200 words (including documentation), and have a minimum of four sources, three of which are primary documents or peer-reviewed articles or books. The minimum word-count for graduate papers is 2,000, and graduate students must use at least five sources, four of which are primary documents or peer-reviewed articles or books. The following awards were presented:
- Presentation of the Best Graduate History Paper Award to Rachelle E. Bonner for Jane McManus Storm Cazneau: A Woman Ahead of Her Time
- Presentation of the Second Best Graduate Paper Award to Michael Touchstone for Jane Fonda: The Well Known Protestor
- Presentation of the Best Undergraduate History Paper Award to Jennie Miller for The Metamorphoses of Heroes: How the ideal heroic figure progressed throughout medieval literature
- Presentation of the second Best Undergraduate History Paper Award to Matthew Neese for The German Mind