The Constitution Reflection Award

The History Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Constitution Reflection Award, to be awarded to an undergraduate student annually.

Congratulations to our Award Winner for the 2023-2024 Academic Year: Liam Thurlby!

2023-2024 Prompt:
"What is a legacy of Article 1 of the Constitution? To what extent does that legacy reflect the context of its creation?”

The Constitution Reflection Award

This Award challenges KU students to comment on the enduring importance of the United States Constitution and its presence in our everyday lives. Each year, students will be invited to submit an audio visual reflection in response to a given prompt. Any undergraduate student who has enrolled in a History course during the academic year is invited to apply. The winner will be awarded $500 and their submission will be featured on the Department of History website.

2023-2024 Prompt:

"What is a legacy of Article 1 of the Constitution? To what extent does that legacy reflect the context of its creation?”


Submissions will be evaluated according to how well they address the given prompt; acknowledge historical context or change over time; demonstrate nuance or complexity of thinking; draw upon the work of other scholars and sources; convey information in a creative or compelling way.

Award amount: $500

Eligibility: Any KU undergraduate student enrolled in a history course during the academic year of the award period.

Submission Requirements:

  • 3-4 minute video or audio/video presentation
  • MP4, MOV., AVI., WMV
  • Information Sheet and Reference List, of a minimum of four sources

Award Winner for the 2022-2023 Academic Year: Jacob Leehy 

2022-2023 Prompt:
Reflect on the role of amendments to the U.S. Constitution in expanding or restricting individual rights


Runner up for the 2022-2023 Academic Year: Alexandra Haggar

Audio/Visual Resources:

The Makerspace | Anschutz Library | Room 203A

The KU Libraries Makerspace provides a venue for KU students, faculty and staff to think, tinker, create and collaborate with others. The equipment and tools available provide a hands-on learning experience for users of all skill levels, with beginners and curious minds welcome. Makerspace staff is available to assist with every part of the process. Located on the second floor of Anschutz Library, the Makerspace facilitates 3D printing, podcasting and general creative discovery.

Schedule a consultation, training, or reserve a computer with A/V post-production software by visiting The Makerspace website:

Studio K | Watson Library | 3rd Floor

A quick-record studio, designed so that any user can walk in and start recording a speech, demonstration or presentation within moments of arrival. Using the Kultura Capture software, videos are easy to make and save automatically to your MediaHub cloud service. You can bring a PowerPoint file which can display during the presentation.

Visit the Watson Library website to reserve Studio K:

SOUND+VISION | Lawrence Public Library

Using your Lawrence Public Library (LPL) Card you may check out audio and visual equipment from LPL’s SOUND+VISION Studio collection. LPL has Handy Audio Recorders, Rode Condenser Microphone, and Blue Yeti USB Microphone, and many other devices for checkout.

Browse the full list of offerings here:

Need to register for a Lawrence Public Library Card? See what it takes to get carded by heading here:


The Submission Portal is closed. Check back next December for application details!