In 1998, the history departments of Saint Mary’s University and Winona State University began an annual student research symposium at which senior history majors present their original research on a historical question of their own choosing. Later, the symposium expanded to include the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University, and most recently the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Seniors from the five universities make presentations based on their senior theses, which they write under the close guidance of a faculty member. The audience includes not only students and faculty, but also family and friends. Prospective students interested in history are also encouraged to attend (contact the department chair for information). Students take great pride in their presentations which are the capstone of their college careers.
Every year the symposium, which is open to the public, includes a keynote speaker who addresses the symposium during the traditional luncheon. Past speakers have included Dr. Donna Gabaccia, a nationally known specialist on immigration history from the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Peter Rachleff, a well known labor historian from Macalester College.
Saint Mary’s University hosts the 13th annual symposium on April 16, 2011.
Richard Tristano, Ph.D.
Chair, History Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1505
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1734