Endowed Awards

Our generous alumni have made the following awards available to current Department of History graduate students. Funds are competitive and notification of awards is made at the end of every spring semester. To endow a new award please contact the department chair.

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: David Glovsky 2018; John Doyle-Raso 2017, Jorge Felipe Gonzalez 2016; Shaonan Liu 2015; Brian VanWyck 2014; Ella Fratatuono 2013; Jill Kelly, 2012; Harry Odamtten, 2010; Leslie Hadfield, 2008

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: Aaron Luedtke 2018; Ryan Huey 2017, Sara Bijani 2016; Christine Neejer 2015; Jewell Debnam 2014; Laura Cuppone and Natalie Rose 2013; Rebecca Koerselman, 2012; Erika Jackson & Lauren Kientz 2010; Daniel Dalrymple & Jamie Dalrymple, 2008

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 C.V.
  • Past award winners: Heather Brothers 2018; Liao Zhang 2017, Emily Elliott 2016; Brian Van Wyck 2015; Alison Kolodzy and Douglas Priest 2014; Devlin Scofield 2013, Laura Cuppone & Benjamin Bruehwiler, 2012; Benjamin Sawyer (Fall), Bethany Hicks (Spring), 2010; Eric Limbach, 2008

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, a copy of your unofficial MSU transcript and a C.V.
  • Past award winners: Eddie Bonilla 2018; Jorge Felipe Gonzalez 2017, Kathryn Lankford 2016; Jacob Jurss 2015; Christine Neejer 2014; Jewell Debnam 2013, Jennifer Gonzalez, 2012; Jennifer Barclay, 2010; Jason Friedman & Ryan Pettengill, 2008

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. The paper should not be revised, it needs to be the original version that was submitted during the seminar.
  • Past award winners: John Doyle-Raso 2018; Robin Crigler 2017; Anh Le 2016; Tara Reyelts 2015; Elizabeth Timbs 2014; Christine Neejer and James Porter 2013, Laura Cuppone, 2012

Dr. Kwan-Wai So Memorial Scholarship Fund in History

  • 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.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest, a copy of your unofficial MSU transcript and a C.V.
  • Past award winners: Shaonan Liu 2018; Helen Kaibara 2017, Anh Le 2016; Liao Zhang 2015; John Somerville 2014; Elizabeth Dutridge-Corp 2013, Helen Kaibara, 2012

Irene Steindler Endowment in History

  • This honor gives an award to an undergraduate or graduate student with initiatives to promote diversity programs or activities related to the History Department’s participation in or collaboration with the university’s Jewish Studies Program.
  • For consideration:  Please submit a letter explaining why you should receive this award and submit two letters of recommendation, at least one from a member of the History Department faculty.
  • Past award winners: Janelle Edwards and Elizabeth Timbs 2015; David Walton 2014; Lindsey Gish 2013; Jennifer Marlow, 2012

The Madison Kuhn Award

  • This award is for a second or third-year graduate student with a GPA of 3.75 or higher, who proposes the best pre-dissertation research.  Preference will be given to those studying United States History.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest and a C.V.
  • Past award winners: Jennifer Andrella 2018; Ramya Swayamprakash 2017, Janelle Edwards 2016; Kathryn Lankford-Hutcheson 2015; David Bennett 2014; Caroyln Pratt 2013, Jewell Debnam, 2012

Milton E. Muelder Graduate Fellowship in History

  • This is designed for a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in a field of European, Middle Eastern, and/or history of the Arabic/Islamic World. Applicants for the fellowship, who shall be U.S. citizens, shall have received a MA degree or completed the equivalent graduate student at an accredited university. Applicants shall present evidence of a reading knowledge of two European languages.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest, a 3-5 page project description, proof of reading proficiency in two European language (if they aren’t already on file) and a C.V. The chair of History shall designate members of a Selection Committee.
  • Past award winners: Brian VanWyck 2018; Sarah Jacobson 2017, Heather Brothers 2016; Emily Elliott 2015

The Sinclair and S. Suzanne Powell Schoarlship in Transportation History

  • Recipients shall be undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of History who have a strong interest in Transportation History.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest and a C.V.
  • Past Recipients: Ramya Swayamprakash 2018; Anthony Padovano 2017; Duncan Tarr 2016

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.
  • Past Recipients: Joseph Karisny 2018; Ramon Miranda-Beltran 2017

Richard E. Sullivan Endowed Award for Teaching Excellence 

  • The Department of History has established the Richard E. Sullivan Endowed Award for Teaching Excellence to honor members of the faculty who exemplify excellence in teaching and perform duties of advisor and mentor at an extraordinary level.
  • Past award winners: Susan Sleeper-Smith 2018; Lewis Siegelbaum 2017, Karrin Hanshew 2016; Peter Alegi 2015,  Leslie Page Moch 2014, Laura Fair 2013