Awards

Department of History Awards

The History Department gives two awards to history majors.  These awards are merit-based on the specific work done in the History courses.  

The Lekai Award

The Department of History acknowledges the outstanding performance in the major with a departmental award which is named in honor of a valued, former member of the University of Dallas faculty, Fr. Louis J. Lekai.  A member of the Cistercian Order,  Fr. Louis was one of the founding faculty of the University of Dallas. He published widely - several books and more than a hundred articles - and earned recognition as the world's foremost historian of the Cistercian Order. 

The Sommerfeldt Senior Thesis Award

The Department of History recognizes excellence in the senior thesis thanks to a generous gift of Dr. John Sommerfeldt.  Dr. Sommerfeldt is a professor of Emeritus of History.  He taught in the history department for more than 40 years, was the academic dean of Constantin College, and served as University President from 1978-1980.  His research interests include medieval history. 

 

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