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Wallace receives Branham award

April 12, 2013

Desmond Wallace of Myrtle Beach is the 2013 recipient of the James Branham History Award, which recognizes the top graduate of Coastal Carolina University's history program.

Wallace is a senior who will graduate in May 2013, earning dual degrees in political science and history. Active in student life, Wallace is the president of CCU's Student Government Association and is a member of CCU's delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL). He won the 2012 Carlisle Award for his contributions to the SCSL's mock legislative sessions. Wallace has presented papers at several academic conferences, and he won the 2012 Undergraduate Research Competition for Best Paper. His winning paper was published in CCU's undergraduate research journal, Bridges.

Wallace has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Iowa, where he will begin his studies this fall specializing in the analysis of political campaigns and elections.

As recipient of the Branham award, Wallace received a certificate, a medallion and a $500 check. The presentation was made at the annual awards ceremony and banquet for CCU's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. To be considered for the Branham award, students must demonstrate academic excellence, a record of service and a scholarly agenda outside the regular curricular requirements.

The award is named for the late CCU history professor James A. Branham, who served on the CCU faculty from 1963 to 1991 and was a longtime chair of the Department of History. He died in 2009.