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Big congratulations to Annie Lewis, who has been named both a Dean's Medalist and Bonderman Fellow for 2018. The Dean's Medal is the highest honor in the College of Arts and Sciences and is awarded to the top graduating senior. It is a testament to Lewis's talent and passion for history. Lewis first became interested in history because studying the stories of different social and cultural groups challenged her to rethink and analyze her own positionality and how that might have been affecting her views about the world. "Majoring in history helped me to understand my privilege, develop self-awareness, and critically assess why we frame events the way we do." An aspiring educator, she plans to use her historical skills and knowledge to explore how higher education can be more equitable and intentional about supporting social justice. She is excited about how the Bonderman Fellowship—which gives students the financial means to undertake eight months of intensive solo travel to two regions of the world—will aid in her in this goal. "It's such a unique, unconventional, and life-changing opportunity. Through my travels, I hope to develop greater multicultural awareness and ascertain how the American education system can better serve underrepresented student groups." Lewis also received an honorable mention for the Thomas M. Power Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper for her work "Precarious Whiteness: Reimagining the Seattle Sephardic Origin Story." This study looked at the Seattle-Sephardic origin story in the 20th century and highlighted inconsistencies in the narrative. Lewis plans to travel to China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, India, South Africa, Tanzania, and Morocco. Let's hope she has no problem getting through airport security with that Dean's Medal! Bicknell Fund for Academic Travel: Jacqueline Goodrich and Victoria Jackson Denison-Kernaghan Endowed Scholarship: Ilan Nurick Meder-Montgomery Family Endowed Student Support Fund in History: Inhyuk Cho, Jacob Harner, and Logan Marek Otis Pease Scholarship: Michael Talen E. J. Roberts Scholarship: Michael Talen Faye A. Wilson Endowed Scholarship: Jacqueline Goodrich, Victoria Jackson, Reidar Kelstrup, Isabelle Matlick, Rogelio Mendoza, Meghan Weekley, Meredith Weinstock, and Jasper Winters Schwartz Award: Cleone Abrams, Rachel Jecker, Ilan Nurick, and Emma Peterson Albert C. Corkery Scholarship: Sarah Barsion and Alexander van de Poel Larry Lee Sleizer Scholarship: Alexander Clark, Charles Cofflan, Nicole Engelhardt, Zhiqin Gao, Jonathan Gillam, Alexander Guettler, Sarit Laschinsky, Madison Oversby, Calvin Paulson, Jonathan Pry, Xavaar Quaranto, Meghan Weekley, Meredith Weinstock, Peter Welch, Katherine Wooley, and Allison Vaughn Freedman Remak Scholarship: Paula Araque Ravage Endowment Prize: Gabriela Avila Thomas M. Power Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper: Jesse Du (winner), Annie Lewis (honorable mention), and Hannah Gearhardt (honorable mention) Thomas M. Power Prize for Outstanding Graduating Senior: Tamara Major Friends of History Prize for Outstanding Student Leader: Hannah Fumiko Takemori Award to Honor Dick Kirkendall on His 90th Birthday: Peter Welch G R A D U AT E AWA R D S Thomas M. Power Prize for Outstanding Student leader: Josue Estrada Thomas M. Power Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Taylor Soja Ravage Endowment Paper Prize: Andrew Hedden Thomas M. Power Prize for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in the Department of History: Taylor Soja Burke Prize: Jennifer Smith 2 0 1 8 L I S T O F R E C I P I E N T S This year, almost $200,000 was awarded in the form of departmental scholarships and prizes to undergraduate and graduate students in recognition of their excellent work and service. These awards represent the breadth and depth of activity in the Department of History community and the support of our generous donors. Thirty-six undergraduate and four graduate students were recognized for forty-nine different awards. A N N I E L E W I S : D E A N ' S M E D A L I S T A N D B O N D E R M A N F E L L O W D E P A R T M E N T O F H I S T O R Y   3 history matters

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