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Departmental Awards for Graduate Students

These awards are given out at the end of every spring semester. All current graduate students in the Department of History are invited to submit their applications for consideration.

Don Lammers Graduate Award

  • This award is designed for a History graduate student in good standing whose research interests and related activities promise to improve our knowledge and historical understanding of the nature and dynamics of international and intercultural relationships in any geographical region. or time period.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating your interest in the award and a current CV
  • Past award winners: Brian VanWyck 2014, Ella Fratatuono 2013, Jill Kelly, 2012; Harry Odamtten, 2010; Leslie Hadfield, 2008; Ibra Sene & Dawn Ottevaere, 2007

Fred Williams Graduate Award

  • This award is designed to recognize teaching assistants who plan a teaching career in History (with preference given to the teaching of American history) at the college or university level as exemplified by Professor Williams during his tenure at Michigan State University.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating your interest in the award, a sample syllabus and a current CV
  • Past award winners: Jewell Debnam 2014, Laura Cuppone and Natalie Rose 2013, Rebecca Koerselman, 2012; Erika Jackson & Lauren Kientz 2010; Daniel Dalrymple & Jamie Dalrymple, 2008; Piril Atabay, 2007

Muelder-Lowe Graduate Award

  • This award is designed to recognize assistants who plan a teaching career in History (with preference given to the teaching of European history) at the college or university level.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating your interest in the award, a sample syllabus and a current CV
  • Past award winners: Alison Kolodzy and Douglas Priest 2014; Devlin Scofield 2013, Laura Cuppone & Benjamin Bruehwiler, 2012; Benjamin Sawyer (Fall), Bethany Hicks (Spring), 2010; Eric Limbach, 2008; Kelly Palmer, 2007

Harry Brown Graduate Fellowship in American History

  • This award is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest and a C.V.
  • Past award winners: Christine Neejer 2014; Jewell Debnam 2013, Jennifer Gonzalez, 2012; Jennifer Barclay, 2010; Jason Friedman & Ryan Pettengill, 2008; Sowande’ Mustakeem, 2007

Jeff Rooney Paper Prize

  • This award is given to a graduate student who writes the best paper in a seminar in the year of the award.
  • For consideration: Please submit your paper.
  • Past award winners: Elizabeth Timbs 2014;Christine Neejer and James Porter 2013, Laura Cuppone, 2012; Jill Kelly, 2008

Dr. Kwan-Wai So Memorial Scholarship Fund in HST

  • This award is given to a graduate student who is in good standing with the department, has an exemplary record, and recognized by the Department as an effective and motivational teacher with a focus or concentration in Asian History.
  • Past award winners: John Somerville 2014; Elizabeth Dutridge-Corp 2013, Helen Kaibara, 2012.

Irene Steindler Endowment in HST

  • This award is for an outstanding History graduate student whose research focuses on the promotion of diversity and elevates the visibility of the Department to the public.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest and a CV.
  • Past award winners: David Walton 2014; Jennifer Marlow, 2012.

The Madison Kuhn Award

  • This award is for an outstanding graduate student who proposes that best pre-dissertation research project in United States History.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest and a CV.
  • Past award winners: David Bennett 2014; Caroyln Pratt 2013, Jewell Debnam, 2012.

James Waltz Fellowship in HST

  • This award is for the recruitment of new graduate students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Fed. Government for study in HST at MSU.  Preference shall be given to applicants with a focus or concentration in European (esp. pre-1789) History.