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A contingent of nine student members of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, represented VWC at the Phi Alpha Theta Virginia Regional History Conference on March 31 at Lynchburg College. Three of the students presented research papers they had written for classes at VWC, and one of them, senior Jennifer Brown, earned runner-up best paper honors in the undergraduate U.S. category for her work entitled "An Examination of the Gendered Relationships between Matron Hannah Ropes and the Men of the Union Hotel Hospital in Georgetown, DC, June 26, 1862 January 11, 1863." The conference was attended by groups from 11 Virginia colleges and universities and featured 64 student history presentations covering a wide array topics. Brown's award this year marks the fifth time in as many conference years that VWC students have brought home awards for their work in history, an achievement