Julia Bassett is a co-winner of this year’s Gilbert L. Lycan History Award for Outstanding Senior and the recipient of last year's Gilbert L. Lycan History Award for Outstanding Junior. A history major and Latin American and Latino studies minor, Julia is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma (National Honor Society), Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), Rho Lambda and Omicron Delta Kappa, as well as the Tri Delta sorority.
Julia received a Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience Grant to conduct research for her senior thesis, "Victimized and Privatized: How Medical Interests Weaponized and Racialized Cocaine (1880s-1920s)." Her thesis focused on cocaine’s legal demise in the United States from the late-19th century. She argued that medical and pharmaceutical interests, although not always aligned, had significant roles in racializing anti-cocaine sentiments. Julia received high praise from professors for that work, even noting that her senior thesis "made an important contribution to the historical literature."
Julia's post-graduation plan is to defer acceptance into law school in order to pursue a paralegal certificate online while traveling with her partner.