Samantha Peterburs Hall of Fame Recipient

April 22, 2013

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

Hall of Fame recipients are nominated by faculty and presented to the board for final selection.  Samantha was one of four students who was chosen for this distinguished honor.  The following was read at the ceremony in honor of Samantha.

"Samantha Peterburs is a history major with minors in English and Women’s Studies. Even during the early part of her Bradley career, Samantha exhibited unusual talent as a scholar, but her recommenders all point out her eagerness from the outset to learn from mistakes and increasingly become a better writer, thinker and scholar.  In her sophomore year at Bradley, Samantha took Research in Women’s Studies, a course designed for seniors.  Samantha did not shrink from the challenge of this higher-level course, but produced a sophisticated, well-researched paper that her instructor characterized as one of the best that she had received in years from senior History majors.  Another recommender states that Samantha through her various courses demonstrated “a sophisticated understanding of historical analysis and the ability to craft a written argument grounded in historical evidence.” The recommender goes on to say that Samantha “has shown a passion for interdisciplinary research, theory, and writing that is rare among undergraduate students.”  The extraordinary breadth of Samantha’s interest in social and cultural history is evident in the titles of her research papers: “Apprehending the Grim Sleeper: Familial DNA,” “Stop and Frisk: The Legalization of Racial Profiling New York City,” “Jane Fonda: From Hollywood Royalty to Activism,” and “That’s What You Get, Folks, For Makin’ Whoopee: Gender Stereotypes in Romantic Relationships on Gilmore Girls.” Her senior research project “Country Music and the Cultural Politics of Conservatism” represents an innovative analysis of the way in which 1960s country music produced a mass narrative for a new cultural politics.  For her record of outstanding scholarly research, Samantha was awarded the 2013 Bonnie Gordon award by the Women’s Studies Committee.

While pursuing excellence in her academic work, Samantha has also dedicated herself to the quality of campus life through service leadership in campus organizations. She has worked for the Bradley University Alumni Association for four years, participated as a member of the Bradley University History Club, and served as the student representative to the Women’s Studies Committee.

Samantha’s honors at Bradley include the Bradley University Presidential Scholarship, seven consecutive semesters on the Dean’s List, memberships in the Honor Societies of Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Alpha Theta, and nomination as Bradley University History Department’s Outstanding Senior.

Samantha’s strength as a scholar and researcher has been confirmed by her admittance to the Library Science graduate program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  In this time of shifting technologies and budgetary shortfalls for libraries, it is reassuring to know that outstanding scholars and leaders like Samantha will be applying themselves to the continued vitality of our libraries and the life of research."

Congratulations Samantha and continued success!