History Students Win Best-Paper Prizes at Undergraduate Research Conference

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior history majors Danny Bailey and Andreas Meyris won two of the six best-paper prizes at the recent Phi Alpha Theta undergraduate research conference in Buffalo, N.Y.

Bailey's paper was titled "'Stop, Stop, Stop the Board from Making the Buses Go': The Fight for and against School Integration in Rochester." Meyris' paper was titled "The Common Ground of the Ballot Box: Defining Americanism in Post World War I America."

Adam Reinemann received an honorable mention for his paper, "The Righteous Against the Plantocracy: Baptist Missionaries in Jamaica and Beyond, 1831-32."

Bailey was mentored by Emilye Crosby, professor of history; Meyris was mentored by Kathleen Mapes, associate professor of history; and Reinemann's paper was written for Justin Behrend, assistant professor of history.

"I applaud the outstanding work of these talented students and the guidance their faculty mentors gave them in this accomplishment," said Joseph Cope, associate professor of history and acting department chair. "Six of our students presented papers at the conference so two winners and a honorable mention was a particularly strong showing for Geneseo this year."

Mapes and David Tamarin, associate professor of history, served as commentators on panel discussions at the conference.

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies and has more than 350,000 members and 860 local chapters.

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