Alyssa is a double major in English and history. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society as well as Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. Alyssa won this year’s C. Carter Colwell Award for best-researched essay, for “Uncovering the Narrator’s Intent in Troilus and Criseyde.”
Alyssa presented “The Knight’s Tale and 16th Century Annotation” at the Early Modern Manuscripts and the Digital Humanities Conference in 2021, and she is eager to enter the job market after graduation.
Alyssa is a co-winner of two History awards this year: the Gilbert L. Lycan History Award for Outstanding Senior and the Colonel John Taylor Rhett History Manuscript Award for the best History senior thesis. She was also a co-winner of last year’s Gilbert L. Lycan History Award for Outstanding Junior. A double major in History and English, she holds membership in Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) and Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society). Alyssa received a Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience Grant in 2020 and received the Best Undergraduate Paper in US History award at the Phi Alpha Theta 2022 Florida Regional Conference.
Her senior thesis, “Literature and Ecology: The Intersection of Dune and the Environmental Movement,” explored the connection between Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, Dune, and the environmental movement that emerged in the 1960s. This novel covers many themes, including religion, politics, and imperialism. Furthermore, Alyssa argued in her senior thesis that Dune has a prevailing ecological theme that highlights the importance of the environment and how humans are capable of changing it. Herbert’s ideas, such as resource scarcity and exploitation, correlate with the ideas that were prevalent in the environmental movement.
Professors have praised Alyssa for being “extremely studious” and “thorough,” having an “inquiring mind, elegant argumentation and lovely writing style,” and being “a talented writer whose eloquence brings history to life” and an “engaged classroom participant who always ha[d] not just an answer, but an insightful answer that [took] class discussion in new directions.”