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UT Tyler History Graduate Student Earns Top Paper Honors

March 9, 2012

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Elle Harvell of Whitehouse, a history graduate student at The University of Texas at Tyler, was recognized at a professional conference for her outstanding research, Dr. Donna Dickerson, interim provost for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, announced.

Harvell received “Best Graduate Paper” honors at the Texas A&M History Graduate Conference, which was sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and the Texas A&M History Graduate Student Association.

The conference featured more than 50 papers presented by graduate and doctoral students from across the state and region including UT Austin, Baylor University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas and Oklahoma State University.

In her award-winning paper, Between Fires: Pro-Southern Cooperationists in Saline County, Missouri, During the Civil War, Harvell explored the struggles encountered by Confederate sympathizing citizens in central Missouri in the face of overt Union control. The work is based on a chapter of her thesis.

She will graduate in December and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in history at the University of Missouri, continuing her research on irregular warfare during the Civil War.

Harvell is a member of the UT Tyler Phi Alpha Theta and Alpha Chi honor societies.

As an undergraduate, she held several positions in Gamma Phi Beta.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.