Graduate Research in History
For the latest developments in WIU graduate research in history, see the "In the News" at the bottom of this web page.
WIU History graduate students are eligible to apply for Professor Emeritus Awards and Pasquini Research Grants, as well as the WIU School of Graduate Studies' Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund . See below for more information on each of these funding sources.
In addition, many of our graduate students have presented their research at regional and specialty history conferences; some have also published articles in historical journals. For more information on historical journals that welcome submissions from history M.A. students, see the "WIU History Resource Guide: Graduate Journal Listings" produced by graduate history student Ryan Buller, also available for review in the History Graduate Office (450 Morgan).
Here is a list of MA Thesis since 1967
History grad students mentored by Dr. McNabb present papers at Loyola University Conference
WIU graduate students may also apply, through the History Department, for a Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund Award from the WIU School of Graduate Studies to fund their thesis research or conference presentations. These awards are limited to $500 per student per project or conference presentation, but may be supplemented with up to $250 in matching funds from the College of Arts and Sciences if the project/presentation budget exceeds $500. Applications must be submitted to Dr. Greg Hall, the Graduate Director of the History Department, by September 15 for the Fall semester competition; the departmental deadline for the traditionally much more popular Spring semester competition is February 15 of each year. For further details, see the Graduate School's web page .
Conference travel funding through this fund is primarily for students who have received notice of their paper's acceptance. Acceptance goes a long way toward convincing the Graduate Council's members that the project has merit, as it demonstrates approval from specialists in the field.
Grad student Rob Deveraux, mentored by Drs. Roberts and Kretchik, receives Missouri Valley History Conference Paper Award
Graduate students in good standing in the WIU History Department's M.A. program may apply to the Department Graduate Committee for research awards from the Professor Emeritus Fund to help defray the expenses incurred while conducting historical research for WIU courses and for their Masters' theses or special projects. M.A. students in History may also apply for Professor Emeritus Awards to help defray travel expenses when presenting their own research papers at academic conferences. The maximum amount of each individual Professor Emeritus Award is $500; the maximum amount of Professor Emeritus funding for which an individual student may apply, regardless of the number of Awards received, is $1,000.
Graduate students in good standing in the WIU History Department's M.A. program who are also full-time secondary school History or social studies teachers may apply to the Department Graduate Committee for Pasquini Graduate Research Grants to help defray the expenses incurred while conducting historical research for WIU courses and for their Masters' theses or special projects. They may also apply for Pasquini Research Grants to help defray travel expenses when presenting their own historical research papers at academic conferences. The maximum amount of each individual Pasquini Research Grant is $500.
Students wishing to apply for a Professor Emeritus Award or a Pasquini Research Grant should contact:
Dr. Edward Woell
Department of History
Western Illinois University
One University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
- Jeremy Knake presented at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Asia
- Michael Lowe Wins Grants to Give Two Conference Presentations in Spring
- Katie Benson, Nikita Ernst, & Brendan Monahan Win Graduate School Research Grants
- WIU Hosts Spring 2011 Graduate Research Conference on Elizabeth I: May 4 and 11
- Leevia Barnett, Abby Lagemann, & Victoria Stewart Present Conference Papers in Fall 2010
- Western Illinois Museum Intern Lottie Phillips Conducts Research for Exhibit
- Abby Lagemann & Eric Willey Win Research Grants
- Sally Adams Gives Conference Presentation in South Carolina
- 10 WIU Grad Students Present at Phi Alpha Theta 2010 Illinois Regional Conference
- Lottie Phillips Interviewed on Radio about Museum Internship
- Aaron Davis, David Sprung, and Victoria Stewart Awarded Research Grants
- Aaron Davis, Rob Deveraux, & Austin Schwartz Make Conference Presentations at Missouri Valley History Conference
- Five WIU History Grad Students Win Research Grants in Fall 2009
- History Grad Student Makes Conference Presentation in November
- Six History Grad Students Make Regional Conference Presentations in October
- Professor Emeritus Grants Available for History Graduate Students
- Call for Graduate Papers for Medieval/Early Modern History Conference
- Call for Papers for Graduate History Conference
- History Grad Student Sally Adams Curates Museum Exhibit in Burlington, Iowa
- Three History Graduate Students Present Papers at Graduate History Conference
- Three Grad Students Present Papers and Two Win Prizes at Regional Conference
- Nine Grad Students Awarded History Professor Emeritus Grants in 2008-09
- Mid-America Conference on History Call for (Graduate) Papers (due May 30)
- Six History Grad Students Win Graduate School Funding for Presentations
- Eleven History Graduate Students Make Spring '09 Conference Presentations
- Austin Schwartz Presents Research Paper at Regional Conference in Mississippi
- Graduate Research Funding Opportunities and Workshop
- New On-Line British History Databases Available for Student Research at WIU
- History Graduate Students Make Regional Conference Presentations in Fall
- New On-Line Journal of History Students' Research Launched at WIU