Resources for Students
Welcome to the History Department's Student Resources Page. Underneath you'll find various helpful links. If there is something you can't find, visit the History Department Office in Palmer. We would be happy to assist!
Senior Thesis/Essay Information
National History Honor Society
Undergraduate Research Funds
Cosgrove Student Research Funding*
Amount: $800 per student ($10,000 per year in Cosgrove budget line)
Intent: To support History students (majors, hyphenated-majors) working with History faculty on historical research projects in conducting research that cannot be undertaken at CC or through Inter-Library Loan. This research can occur during the regular academic year or, with faculty approval, during the summer. Students can apply to fund travel to libraries, archives or museums for on-site research, to conduct oral history interviews, or to gather other materials for research projects. We would support direct travel costs, modest living expenses, and research costs (up to $800) encouraging students to apply for Venture Grant Funding first or concurrently. This would help students who have already used CC Venture Grant funding or whose Venture Grants don’t cover their expenses or who are not successful in a request for a Venture Grant. Applications would be vetted by the chair and then circulated to the rest of the Department. Once approved, checks would be requested from the business office, which takes 4-5 days.
Requirements: (Limited to $800)
Detailed proposal (Using the same proposal you have developed for Venture Grants would be fine) describing the project, its timetable, and its specific research needs, listing the libraries/ archives/museums to be visited and the materials that the applicant hopes to examine.
Brief Letter of support from CC History Department member
Detailed budget, with airfare or mileage, food and lodging costs, and research expenses (photocopying, images, etc.)
- Recipients need to acknowledge they have received this funding in their written work or in any presentation of that work.*
DUE DATE: 1st Monday of each block (because we have a Dept. meeting that 1st Wednesday)
Robert D. McJimsey summer research awards are offered yearly up to two History, Classics-History-Politics, History-Political Science, or History-Philosophy majors and History minors. Students must return to CC for at least one semester following the research award. Eligible students are those whose interests and skills match those of Colorado College History faculty sufficiently that they are able to support specific faculty in their research toward publication. Awards may be up to $4,000 for ten weeks (or prorated for shorter periods). In the course of these assistantships, students work closely with individual professors to identify primary sources, survey and assess scholarly criticism, and in general support the work of faculty members in various stages from the formation of a research question through the correction of page proofs. Although such student involvement is of benefit to faculty scholarship, the primary goal of McJimsey awards is to support the development of students’ research interests and skills through apprenticeship. Here, especially able and engaged students are able to participate in publishable research and experience the steps through which a scholarly project moves from initial conception toward book or article form.
Students are advised to read carefully through the application outlined below, and to contact the History office coordinator, Joanna Popiel (719-389-6523), or Professor Carol Neel (firstname.lastname@example.org ) with any questions.
PROPOSAL: Because McJimsey awards assume close cooperation between a student and supervising faculty member, applicants should prepare a proposal for ten weeks of summer assistantship in no more than 500 words. This proposal should explain the goals and status of the faculty member’s research project, and articulate the specific ways in which student support will be useful in that project’s completion. Categories of student work may include bibliographical research, survey of archival catalogs, assessment of secondary sources, translation, looking for references, response to preliminary drafts, or proofreading. Proposals should describe the ways in which project-specific work will contribute to the student’s general academic and particular historical interests. It should also explain how the skills cultivated in the summer’s assistantship support her/his long-term academic and intellectual goals.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: Each application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the faculty member associated with the student’s proposed summer work. This recommendation should affirm the value of the student’s support for carrying forward a specific research project. The application requires a second recommendation from a faculty member of either the History or another CC department. If human subjects are involved, Institutional Review Board approval will be the faculty member’s responsibility.
Application materials should be submitted as PDFs to Joanna Popiel (JPopiel@coloradocollege.edu ) and to both the potential research supervisor and second referee, so that they may submit appropriate comments on the application to Professor Neel for eventual review by the History Department. Applications are due on the last day of Block 6, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Students who receive an award may apply for rent-free on-campus summer housing through the Dean’s Office, although housing is limited and not guaranteed.
For summers 2015-2017, the Colorado College History Department is offering summer stipends under the terms of our three-year Social Issues and Historical Contexts program. Preference will be given to History, Classics-History-Politics, History-Political Science, or History-Philosophy majors and History minors with a special interest in historical and global antecedents of contemporary mass incarceration, and to students who have in their study or community engagement shown particular interest in this issue. Students must return to CC for at least one semester following the research award. These awards may be directed, depending on the connections between faculty and student projects, to student research, student assistance for faculty research, student support for course development, student facilitation of community-based learning modules, or development of digital humanities projects. In summer 2016, the department will offer three awards, each up to ten weeks. For ten weeks of full-time work, students receive $4000 (prorated for shorter periods).
Interested students should make contact with department faculty to explore suitable projects and develop applications. A first step is to discuss the web announcement of the grant at https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/history-department-grant-looks-at-prisons-punishment#.VI8cWqgRZ-N with a member of the departmental faculty. Students drawn to grant-relevant issues should then work with a faculty member or team of faculty members to consider what faculty-supervised research might be possible and interesting or how they might be useful to faculty designing a related course or community-based curricular element.
The goal of SIHC summer student awards is to develop both student research skills and student advocacy of the role of historical investigation in the remediation of contemporary social crises such as mass incarceration. Here, students with both scholarly and activist interests are encouraged to develop research, curriculum, and community outreach.
Students are advised to read carefully through the application outlined below, and to contact the History office coordinator, Joanna Popiel (719-389-6523), or Professor Carol Neel (email@example.com) with any questions.
RESEARCH PROPOSALS: All SIHC awards assume close cooperation between a student and a supervising faculty member. Applicants for independent research support should prepare a proposal of no more than 500 words for ten weeks of summer archival, library, or site-based research. This proposal should state a research question, describe a methodology, and discuss primary materials and scholarly context. It should also explain how the skills cultivated in the summer’s research will support the applicant’s long-term academic and intellectual goals. Student work involving other expenses beyond living expenses should include an itemized budget.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: Each application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the faculty member associated with the student’s proposed summer work. This primary faculty recommendation should affirm the value of the specific research project student application requires. A second recommendation from a member of either the History faculty or another CC department is also required. While reference should indicate knowledge of the proposed summer project, its chief focus should be on the student’s relevant skills in research, community service, and collaboration. If human subjects are involved, Institutional Review Board approval will be the faculty member’s responsibility.
Applications should be submitted as PDFs to Joanna Popiel (JPopiel@ColoradoCollege.edu ) and to both referees. Faculty should also send their letters to Professor Neel for eventual review by the History Department. Applications are due on the last day of Block 6, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Students who receive an award may apply for rent-free on-campus summer housing through the Dean’s Office, although housing is limited and not guaranteed.
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