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Tim Clarke (2011). Tim Clarke not only completed a double major in Historical Studies and in English, he became the first student in Grenfell's history to win the University Medal for Academic Excellence in both disciplines. Tim's HIST 4950 project examined the life and career of one of Napoleon's greatest generals, Marshal Louis-Nicolas Davout. Tim is now heading off to Queen's University where he has been accepted into a Masters program in English.





Carolynne Gabriel (2010). Carolynne paid tribute to her host city of Corner Brook in her HIST 4950 project, "A Mill Town Responds to the Onset of the Great Depression: Corner Brook, 1929-1934." Originally from Ontario, the fascination that she developed at Grenfell with Newfoundland and its history led her to stay on the island in a position of archival researcher for the Summer of 2010. She then went back to Ontario where she is pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Science degree at the University of Western Ontario.




Mary Secord-Kaeser (2009). "Non-traditional." "Older than average." These are among the catch-phrases that have been used to pigeonhole Mary as a student, having completed, in her forties, SWGC’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Historical Studies, all the while teaching chemistry full-time. In Mary’s opinion, though, one should never be constrained by that which is "traditional" or "average," for to do so is to fail to define one’s own path, but rather to allow it to be defined by others. The self-descriptor Mary would choose, then, overflows with the possibilities of a non-traditional, other-than-average, journey; it is that of the "life-long learner." What a positive way to describe the open mind in its quest for understanding through whatever means, and at whatever time of life, it becomes available! Mary’s experience should serve as an example that one should always be ready to learn new things, and that to stray off the beaten path leads to doorways that might otherwise never have been imagined.

Michael Jones (2006). Michael Jones will carry an interest in military history with him as he moves on to Queen’s University, where he has been accepted into the Master’s programme in History. Mike’s HIST 4950 independent project was an analysis of “The Russo-Finnish ‘Winter War’ and Hitler’s Barbarossa Gamble: Increasing the Odds.” By attending Queen’s in Kingston, Ontario, Mike hopes to be able to take advantage of the close proximity of the library at the Royal Military College as he continues his studies.

Michael Jones (2006)

Mark Osmond (2005). Mark prepared an outstanding essay on "Revising Newton: A Twentieth-Century Historiographical Debate" for his HIST 4950 independent project. The paper subsequently won the Pro-Vice Chancellor's Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship as the best undergraduate essay that semester at Memorial University. Mark plans to continue his studies, having been accepted with full funding into the Master's of History programme at the University of Victoria (British Columbia). Mark and his wife, Gail Martin (who, incidentally, won the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Environmental Science in 2005) credit their four-year-old daughter Hannah as the inspiration for this success.

Mark Osmond (2005)

Jennifer Donovan (2004). Jennifer brought an interest in Irish migration with her when she came to Grenfell from Prince Edward Island. It therefore came as no surprise that the topic for her 4950 paper was "'For Love and Liberty': Irish Daughters in the Post-Famine Exodus." Jennifer returned to Prince Edward Island following the completion of her Historical Studies degree, but plans to continue her studies at the post-graduate level. She was recently accepted into an MA program in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto.

Jennifer Donovan (2004)

Cara Finn (2003). Cara brought a life-long interest in T.E. Lawrence (more familiarly known as "Lawrence of Arabia") to her HIST 4950 independent paper, preparing an essay on "The Making of T.E. Lawrence." Following graduation, Cara took some time off, before applying for graduate studies. She has been accepted into the Masters programme in History at McMaster University in Hamilton, and will begin her studies in the Fall of 2005.

Cara Finn (2003)

Johnathan Pope (2001). Johnathan completed a double major in English and Historical Studies before heading to the University of New Brunswick where he earned an MA in History with the support of a combined Graduate Research Assistantship and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship fellowship, worth about $12,000 per year (a renewable award) and the Board of Governor’s Merit Award (worth $2,500, non-renewable). John’s M.A. thesis, "Law, Tradition, and Treason: Captured Americans During the American Revolution, 1775-1783," developed a theme that he first explored at Grenfell for his 4950 Independent Project. Upon completion of his MA at UNB, John moved to McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario where his postgraduate studies led first to another MA and soon his PhD, both in English.

Johnathan Pope (2001)

Neil White (2000). Neil completed his B.A. in Historical Studies in December 1999. He then proceeded to the St. John’s campus of Memorial University where he completed a one-year course M.A. in the Department of History, supported by an $8500 graduate fellowship. Neil focussed primarily on early twentieth-century urban planning and its application in Newfoundland industrial towns. He finished his Masters in August 2001 and was named a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies. Neil is now working towards his PhD in history at McMaster University, supported by a combined fellowship/teaching assistantship valued at approximately $17,500 per annum over four years. He has already passed his comprehensive examinations and has begun research on a cross-national study of community planning trends in the past two centuries for his dissertation.

Neil White (2000)

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