Wilmington, Delaware resident Melanie Dudley, a senior at Immaculata University, earned “Best Paper on American History, 1865-1920” at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference held recently at Shippensburg University. Dudley’s research topic was “Women’s Employment in Philadelphia Department Stores, 1870-1920.”
“I am so proud of Melanie, as a scholar and as a person,” commented Sarah Trembanis, Ph.D., associate professor of History at Immaculata. “She demonstrates the very best qualities that we strive to encourage in our students.” Dr. Trembanis accompanied Dudley to the Regional Conference.
As a History major, Dudley also earned recognition for having an outstanding paper by her peers (history honors’ students) at last year’s Phi Alpha Theta conference. Phi Alpha Theta is the National History Honors Society.
Dudley is a graduate of Padua Academy in Wilmington and will pursue a Master’s degree in History from Villanova University this fall.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.