Graduate Research in History
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.
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 (432 Morgan Hall).
Here is a list of MA Theses completed since 1967
History grad students mentored by Dr. McNabb present papers at Loyola University Conference
Graduate School Research Awards
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. Ed Woell, 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.
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
History Professor Emeritus Awards & Pasquini Graduate Research Grants
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