Outstanding Students

These History students not only exhibit academic excellence, but also serve as examples of the mission of College of the Pacific. They have excelled in the classroom and beyond, whether it's through multiple degrees, research, study abroad or service to their communities. They are the epitome of excellence and champions of the social sciences. Take a glimpse at some of the History department's outstanding students:

Samantha Martinez

Samantha Martinez

Samantha Martinez is graduating with a BA in History. She is one of nine students nationwide accepted into the field study program on Smith's Island. After applying and receiving a Pacific Fund Grant for Undergraduate Research, she was able to go to an archeological dig in Bermuda, where she confirmed her true passion for archeology. Learn more about Samantha>>





John Langdon

John Langdon

John Langdon is graduating with a BA in History and a Gender Studies minor. He has been awarded the Fulbright Research Scholar award, and will be traveling to India to study the development of jazz music in 20th century India. While in India, John hopes to write a book related to his studies. Learn more about John>>





Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Student

Each year, the Department of History recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence.

This May, we recognized the exceptional work of one senior with the 2016 Outstanding Student award:

  • Kyle Shin

Congratulations to our 2013 Outstanding Graduates

Taylor Hitt is the outstanding senior in History for 2013.  She graduated with the highest G.P.A. among her peers in the History department and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.  Taylor studied abroad in Assisi, Italy and completed two internships-one at the Naval Historical Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the other at the Haggin Museum in Stockton-while at Pacific. Her senior Capstone research was on the student Christian organizations at Pacific from the 1950s to the present.   Taylor graduated magna cum laude.  The History faculty wish her all the best in her future endeavors! 

Aneka McKean is the outstanding senior in the Social Sciences major for 2013.  The Social Sciences major is a cross-disciplinary program in the College that prepares students for careers in secondary education.  Aneka graduated with the highest G.P.A. among her peers and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.  Aneka is also a Legal Scholar.  Aneka served the department professionally as both a peer advisor and on a faculty Third Year Review committee.   Aneka was accepted into Teach For America and will begin her service in Las Vegas in summer 2013.  She graduated magna cum laude.   Congratulations, Aneka!