Tarleton students present research at national history honor society conference

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STEPHENVILLE (January 19, 2016) — Two Tarleton State University undergraduate students and an assistant professor of history recently presented research findings at the biennial conference of the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, in Orlando, Fla.

History major Matthew Killingsworth presented a paper on the Fair Housing Act of 1968, and Cory McCray, also a history major, shared her research on Henry Clay and the rise of the American Second Party System. Dr. Michael Landis, assistant professor of history at Tarleton, served on a faculty panel that shared findings related to “Disney and American Culture.”

Tarleton State University undergraduates (l-r) Matthew Killingsworth and Cory McCray recently presented their research in Orlando, Fla. during the biennial conference of the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta.
Tarleton State University undergraduates (l-r) Matthew Killingsworth and Cory McCray recently presented their research in Orlando, Fla. during the biennial conference of the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta.

The Phi Alpha Theta conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their work, network with colleagues from other schools, and get a taste for academic debate and discussion. Each panel had three student presenters and a professional scholar to provide comments. The students received important feedback on their research, both from the panel chair and the audience.

Dr. Chris Hickman serves as faculty adviser for the Tarleton chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, which is in its infancy. His goal is to increase the group’s membership and send a larger delegation of Tarleton students to the next conference in 2018.

For more information about the Department of Social Sciences at Tarleton, visit www.tarleton.edu/socialsciences.

About Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.

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