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Awards and Scholarships

Awards and Scholarships for which Undergraduate Students are Eligible

George B. Lake Memorial Prize--This award shall be based upon, first, A or A+ grades earned in HIST 1110 and 1120 (reverse order is acceptable) during the academic year ending the previous spring (including the summer sessions prior to that academic year), and second, overall GPA. It shall be restricted to students still enrolled at UNO when the award is made. The first, or highest, award shall go to the student who is, or is closest to being, a freshman or sophomore in terms of credit hours earned. The Department of History will select the recipients.

Frederick Adrian Award--This award shall go to the student who presents the best paper in History 3930 during the previous academic year. The Department of History, at a regularly scheduled meeting, will select the recipient. If no suitable candidate is found, no award need be made.

A. V. Sorensen Award--This award shall go to the student (there may be more than one) who has written the best paper or completed thesis on an urban topic (one involving the history of cities and towns at any stage of development) during the academic year ending the previous spring (including the summer session prior to that academic year). The Department of History will select the recipient. The amount of the award will depend upon the number of recipients and the income available. If no suitable candidate is found, no award need be made.

 

Awards and Scholarships for which Graduate Students are Eligible

A. V. Sorensen Award--This award shall go to the student (there may be more than one) who has written the best paper or completed thesis on an urban topic (one involving the history of cities and towns at any stage of development) during the academic year ending the previous spring (including the summer session prior to that academic year). The Department of History will select the recipient. The amount of the award will depend upon the number of recipients and the income available. If no suitable candidate is found, no award need be made.

Missouri Valley History Conference Award--This award (there may be more than one) is made available to the Department by the MVHC. In recent years, this award has been made to the Department's outstanding graduate student.

The outstanding graduate student must be nominated by a certain date in the fall semester. On the other hand, the MVHC board normally does not meet until the following March. Accordingly, there is no assurance of funding for this award until the spring semester. As a result, MVHC award cannot be made until that time. Previously, the Awards Committee recommended that the Graduate Program Committee be responsible for nominations for any award specifically intended for graduate students.

Virginia Dare Shuflata Award--This award is "for excellence in history. It is to go to "one (or occasionally two students." If no suitable candidate is found, no award needs to be made. "The primary basis for selection will be performance in history as measured by grades and other indicators such as awards for papers presented at student history conferences or other prizes. Excellence in overall GPA may also be considered." "The selection will be made during final semester of a student's undergraduate program or during the final semester of a student's graduate program." The person selected as the Department's choice as the outstanding undergraduate student at the Honors Convocation normally shall be the recipient of the Shuflata Award. That person shall be chosen from students who graduated at the end of the fall semester, or who are expected to graduate at the end of the spring semester, or at the end of the summer. The Awards Committee will provide a list of students who graduated at the Fall Commencement and who have filed for graduation at the Spring Commencement. From this list, any faculty member may nominate one student for consideration by the Department for the award. The nominator must include with the nomination a statement detailing the student's accomplishments. These statements will be made available the faculty who will then vote for the student who will be recognized at the Honors Convocation.

Shuflata Master's Thesis Fellowship--The Graduate Committee requests that all History faculty who are currently teaching graduate students make the following announcement in their classes (especially Graduate Seminars).

1) Name of the award.

"The George and Virginia Dare Shuflata Master's Thesis Fellowship."

2) Amount and duration of the award. The award will be equivalent to a T.A. stipend and will last for two semesters beginning in the fall.

3) Eligibility. All master's students taking the thesis option are eligible to apply. This includes first year students who would be writing their thesis in their second year.

4) Application requirements. Students will submit to the awards committee (Professors Simmons and Arbeláez) plus the graduate chair (Professor Grigg) a thesis prospectus (approximately 8-12 pages in length with bibliography), two letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, and a writing sample of the candidate's choice. The student must also have an approved thesis committee and an approved thesis topic.

5) Completion Expectation. Students receiving the award are expected to complete their thesis by May of the award year.

6) Time of the award. The award will be made in the spring of each year.

7) Students receiving the award cannot hold employment at the University of Nebraska at Omaha during the time of the award. They are also discouraged from holding any outside employment.

8) Funding for this Fellowship has been generously provided by endowed funds from the Estate of George and Virginia Dare Shuflata. Recipients of the Fellowship are encouraged to send a letter of thanks to George Shuflata's sister (and Virginia Dare Shuflata's sister-in-law): Mrs. Frances Barbari, 4 Albers Road, Danbury, CT 06811.