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History Undergraduate Research Conference

April 19 and 20, 2021 (via Zoom)

“Misunderstanding of the present is the inevitable consequence of ignorance of the past. But a man may wear himself out just as fruitlessly in seeking to understand the past, if he is totally ignorant of the present...This faculty of understanding the living is, in very truth, the master quality of the historian.”
-Marc Bloch, The Historian’s Craft

Click here to view the 2021 History Undergraduate Conference program 

History and background

The History Undergraduate Research Conference (HURC) is an internal conference in which WKU students present the results of their research and writing in an internal academic conference. It was first established by Pope Eugenius II in 826 CE as part of his program to purge the Roman clergy of simony and remove untrained clergy from office. It subsequently fell into disuse during the brief pontificate of Pope Boniface VI, who died of gout fifteen days after becoming pope. The HURC was re-instituted with support from Carol Crowe-Carraco in 2011 CE and has been an annual tradition for WKU’s students of history ever since.


Prizes for 2021

  • $300 for the Richard Troutman memorial prize winner for best overall paper
  • $200 for the runner-up paper
  • $100 for the second runner-up
  • $300 for the best paper in Black history


Who should apply?
Undergraduate students in any major. The conference is to share historical thinking, not exclusively for History majors. If you have written an historical paper that uses primary source material, consider sending it in! 

To apply, you need to send in an abstract for your presentation on or before March 31; see the HURC application page for further instructions.


2017 HURC: audience and presenters

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