This Week

  • SHUR Abstract Deadline

    March 1, 2017

    The History Department at Mississippi State University invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers for the ninth annual Symposium for History Undergraduate Research (SHUR). The symposium, “Looking Back to the Future: Examining the Anomalies of the Past,” will provide students with the opportunity to present their research in the format of an academic history conference and have their work discussed by Mississippi State history professors. The event is scheduled for April 28-29, 2017, on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville.

    Papers are welcome on any historical topic, but especially those that reflect the Mississippi State University History Department’s strengths in the history of science and technology; agricultural, rural, and environmental history; military and diplomatic history; the Civil War; gender history; African American history and civil rights; and the American South.

    The paper should be based on original research in primary sources. Interested should submit a proposal or abstract of not more than 400 words to Dr. Andrew Lang and Dr. Muey Saeteurn at by March 1, 2017. Students whose papers have been accepted will be notified by March 15, 2017. The History Department will offset the costs of one night’s lodging for presenters and provide a BBQ banquet dinner on the Symposium’s opening night.

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Phi Alpha Theta


Students are cordially invited to apply for membership in the international honor society, Phi Alpha Theta.  Phi Alpha Theta cultivates the scholarly pursuit of historical study. 


Our Mission

We are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.


Why join?

Members can 

  • present papers at regional, national, and international fora.
  • compete for prizes and awards,
  • compete for scholarships.

Above all, you will be identified as a member of a nationally recognized scholastic honors society.


Who can be a member?

You can join if

  • you are an undergraduate who has completed at least 12 hours in history with a 3.1 GPA  and an overall 3.0 GPA.
  • you are a graduate student who has completed 12 graduate hours in history and has an overall 3.5 GPA.



Members pay a one time fee of 50 dollars for a lifetime membership.


For more information

Contact Dr. Mark Bernhardt ( / 601.979-2495) or visit the national organization's website at