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Hanford History Project 2017 Conference

imagesWSU – Tri-Cities (in Richland Washington), is hosting a conference March 17-19, 2017:  “Legacies of the Manhattan Project at 75 Years.”  A Call for Papers has been issued with the abstract deadline of September 1, 2016.  For more information, visit Hanford History Project.

Abstracts are limited to 250 words. Conference papers are anticipated to be published as an edited volume in the following year.  Send abstracts or questions to

imagesHanford’s History

Once a small farming community, the area was transformed when it became the site of the Manhattan Project’s plutonium production facility in the Second World War. Hanford continued to produce plutonium throughout the Cold War, contributing to the nation’s national defense, even as the environmental cost built up locally. In recent years, Hanford has been the site of an extensive clean-up effort undertaken by the US Department of Energy in agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

2016 History Graduating Class luncheon


On May 7, many undergraduate History majors and three Masters Degree recipients participated in the graduation ceremony at Beasley Coliseum.  The Department of History hosts a luncheon each year on graduation day to honor History majors, double-majors and graduate students.  A complete list of the class of 2016 can be found here.  The photo above is of some History students ready to begin their new lives.

Brittany Maziarz - Jason Hogstad - Calen Rau - Alistair Fortson (003)

Above are Brittany Maziarz, undergraduate receiving her BA, Jason Hogstad and Calen Rau, two of the graduate students who have earned their Masters degrees and Alistair Fortson who earned his BA in History.  James Anderson, also an MA recipient, could not be in attendance.


Theresa Jordan and Olivia Murphy

Professor Theresa Jordan, Clinical Associate Professor of History, and Olivia Murphy, who earned a BA in History with an English minor.


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Some of the students and parents in attendance May 7.



Scholarship Awards Ceremony a huge success

2016 cake

Many scholarship and fellowship recipients attended this year’s awards ceremony on April 29. Thanks to great alumni and friends, the department is blessed with numerous scholarships available to our majors.  Many undergraduate and graduate students have excelled in research, writing, and academic excellence.

Dr. Kale
Dr. Steven Kale, Chair of the Department of History, introduced Dr. Jennifer Thigpen and Dr. Matt Sutton who gave students certificates. Several students earned more than one scholarship or fellowship.
Dr. Thigpen 2
Dr. Jenny Thigpen presented a PowerPoint of undergraduate projects and photos.
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Dr. Matt Sutton and Graduate student, Greg Atkins.
2016 Awards Ceremony
A group of graduate students awaiting their awards.



The ceremony was well attended by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.


See the 2016 Awards Program.

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