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April 25, 2014
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Students win top research paper awards from Kansas Association of Historians

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's Department of History, Culture, and Society has announced that Baker students — Michael Preut (shown on right) and John Patchen — recently won the top research paper awards, sweeping the undergraduate categories, at the Kansas Association of Historians annual conference in Wichita.John-Patchen-and-Michael-Preutforweb

They become the third and fourth Baker students to win the statewide award.

In Category I (papers produced in a senior seminar level course), Preut, of Baldwin City, Kan., won for "Hungary in Crisis: The Making and Breaking of Eastern Europe in the Post-War Era."

In Category II (papers produced in a class where the paper is not the focus of the course), Patchen, of Lawrence, Kan., won for "Surviving The Dirty Thirties: A Story of Kansas Farm Families and Survival in the 1930s."

"The Kansas Association of Historians undergraduate writing awards are quite prestigious as our students compete against students from every college or university in Kansas," said Leonard Ortiz, associate professor of history.

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.