Published on May 8, 2009  

Erin Stewart (History '07) won first place in the "Best Paper" competition at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta for her paper, "Cleaning Up Washington: Canals, Cholera, and Temperance in Washington, D.C." 

Currently, Erin is a second-year Ph.D. candidate at Georgetown University and the recipient of its first Environmental History Graduate Fellowship. Erin was one of the first recipients of a Samford Undergraduate Research Award, studying the Alabama death penalty with Dr. Jonathan Bass.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.