Undergraduate or Graduate Students


Dr. Gerald R. Dreslinski Award

Each year the History Department may give the Dreslinski Award to one undergraduate major and one graduate student who have excelled in the study of early American history, broadly defined as the period between the colonial and Jacksonian eras (16002 to 1830s). 

Rolf and Jennie Johannesen Endowed Memorial Award

The History Department may award up to two scholarships annually, each worth up to $500 for tuition, to undergraduate majors and/or graduate students with high GPAs at WSU. Special emphasis will be given to those who demonstrate special interest (broadly defined) in ancient/classical history or in the classical tradition from the Middle Ages to the present.

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Graduate Students Only


Joe L. Norris Endowed Award

Graduate students in American History can win $500 may win a prize for an outstanding HIS 7830 or 8000-level seminar paper. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. No application required; prize based on nomination by faculty in Methods and Seminar courses. Awards will be made at the spring reception in April. This award is only open to History students. 

 

Richard D. Miles Endowed Memorial Award

Graduate students can win $500 may win a prize for an outstanding HIS 7830 or 8000-level seminar paper. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.25. No application required; prize based on nomination by faculty in Methods and Seminar courses. Awards will be made at the spring reception in April. This award is only open to History students. 

 

Alfred H. Kelly Memorial Research Award

Graduate Students may win an award worth up to $600 in research support (including travel). Students must submit an application form, a c.v., and a copy of their transcript. Awards will be made at the spring reception in April. This award is only open to History students.

 

Graduate Student Travel Award

The Graduate Student Professional Travel Award provides support to doctoral and master students presenting a scholarly paper or poster at a national major professional meeting. Only students enrolled full-time during the award year are eligible for this award. Presentation at conferences in the United States or Canada only; student must be the major presenter. Only one award per student per year. Funding for this award is a 3-way split, 50% from the Department of History, 25% from the Graduate School, 25% from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a maximum of $1,200 available per student. Available until all funds appropriated are depleted. Students begin by submitting the application form and a proposed budget. If approved, then the student must make travel arrangements and file WSU travel documents through the History Department.

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University Awards


The WSU Abraham Lincoln Brigade Veterans Scholarship Committee 
announces its 33rd annual competition for a $1,000 scholarship.

Scholarships will be awarded to currently enrolled Wayne State undergraduate and graduate students who, through their activities or research promoting peace and justice best exemplify the values of the WSU students who fought fascism in Spain in the 1930s. The award has already recognized over 50 students for their work. In 2015, the scholarship went to Nicholas Klaus, for his work promoting civil and constitutional rights including his leadership in the National Lawyers’ Guild and a legal observer of protests in St. Louis and Ferguson. We also recognized Nishanth Alluri for his work supporting health programs in West Africa and Central America and his local efforts promoting renewable energy.  Previous recipients have worked for the Greening of Detroit, fought for gender equality on campus and against the sex trade in metro Detroit, and worked to alleviate poverty in the slums of Brazil. 

Nominations of students and self- nominations should be sent as an email attachment to: Professor Aaron Retish at aretish@wayne.edu. Nominations should be accompanied by a statement up to 500 words explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award.

 

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External Awards


The Society of Colonial Dames Prize

The History Department will nominate one eligible graduate student who concentrates on American history prior in 1845 and who provides evidence in a paper written on that subject. The Society offers an annual $1500 competitive prize to a graduate student in Michigan who concentrates on American history prior to 1845. No application required; based on faculty recommendations.

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