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Student Research

Student Showcase

Student Showcase

History majors spend their senior year writing a major paper based on their extensive research in primary sources.

Many history students present their papers at Westminster's Undergraduate Research Fair, and several Westminster  have recently given papers at the Utah regional Phi Alpha Theta conference.

  • “Environmental Ethics and their Impact on the 1922 Colorado River Compact and the Colorado Storage Project of 1956,” Kailey Kornhauser (2015)

  • "Afrikanerdom’s Promised Land Colonial Namibia and the Whitening of the South African Frontier, c. 1946-1956," Avenel Rolfsen (2015)

  • "Propaganda in the American Revolution," Dani Newton (2015)
  • "Austrian Identity and the American Perspective," Vanessa Williamsen (2014)

  • “Living Legacies Among Asia's Giants: A Sociohistorical Analysis of the Rise of China and India,” Pratik Raghu (2014)

  • "Fanning the Flames of the Russian Revolution," Michael Gorman (2014)

Check out this video feature about student Marian Fackrell's award-winning senior thesis: "Loathing, Vanity, Nostalgia, and America's Royal Family: The Public's Love/Hate Relationship with the Kennedys." (2010)

In the summer of 2014, junior Avenel Rolfsen received a competitive research grant for the Westminster Summer Undergraduate Research Experience to work on a research project with Dr. Gary Marquardt. The project evolved into a scholarly article, "Afrikanerdom's Promised Land: Colonial Namibia and the Whitening of the South African Frontier, c. 1946-1956," submitted to a peer-reviewed academic journal for publication consideration.

Senior Kailey Kornhauser conducted independent research in the summer of 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Nichols. As part of the McNair Scholars Program she received a grant that allowed her to research the 1922 Colorado River Compact and environmental ethics that may have influenced the legislation's creation. The research culminated into a presentation at the Twenty-Second Annual McNair Scholars Symposium at the University of California Berkeley. Kailey is further exploring the intellectual influences on the Colorado River Compact in her senior thesis.