Three University of Lynchburg students took top awards at the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference held at Liberty University. Thirteen schools attended the conference. Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society of history students and professors.
Ashley Schmidt, a senior from Jarrettsville, Md., won the Most Outstanding Paper Award in the American history category. In addition to the award certificate, the Most Outstanding Paper Award winners also win a book award from the Phi Alpha Theta national society.
Jonathan Shipe won the Most Outstanding Paper Award in the European history graduate category, while Kathleen Jennings placed second. Cheryl Rychkov won the Most Outstanding Paper Award in the American history graduate category.
Other undergraduate participants were Samantha Bryant, a senior from Lynchburg, Va., David Caldwell, a senior from Severna Park, Md., and John Marks, a senior form Hillsborough, N.J.
Other participating schools were: University of Virginia, Guilford College, Southern Virginia University, Christopher Newport University, Virginia Wesleyan College, James Madison University, Bridgewater College, Liberty University, Elon University, IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University), East Carolina University, and Radford University.