On April 13, BU hosted the annual Pennsylvania East Regional conference of the History Honors Society Phi Phi Alpha Theta. The students in BU’s History Club and its Phi Alpha Theta chapter helped faculty member Dr. Jennifer Oast to organize the conference, which featured seventy-nine presentations by students from colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Four BU History students presented their history research papers: Alison Huber, Michael Mock, Gary Stover, and Stephen Swicklik II. A committee made up of faculty from several universities awarded an “outstanding paper” prize to Michael Mock for his research paper, “American Humanitarian Intervention in Turkey from 1914-1919.” Congratulations to Michael and to all of the BU History students who presented papers and helped to organize this conference.
Kudos as well to Olga Bertelsen, one of the BU History Department’s many excellent alumni, who in April was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University. Bertelsen, who completed her BA in History at BU in 2008, recently defended her dissertation at Nottingham University in the UK. She joins a long list of BU History alumni who have gone on to complete PhDs, author important research studies, and win prestigious post-doctoral grants.