2020 Student Awards Highlights

Robert M. Ireland Undergraduate Research Award

Established in honor of Emeritus Professor of History Robert M. Ireland, who encouraged excellence and provided mentoring, advice, and support to generations of History majors, this award grants up to $1,000 for research expenses to undergraduate History majors or minors engaged in independent research inside or outside of the classroom, with preference for students with unmet financial need. Congratulations to these students, who will pursue the following projects in 2020–21:

  • Heidi Waterman: internships at Kentucky Refugee Ministry, Showing Up for Racial Justice and and the Mary Todd Lincoln House.
  • Pedro Fonseca: independent research on Brazil.
  • Samuel George Belza: internship at UK’s Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • William Gorringe: internship at the University Press of Kentucky.

This fund is accepting donations from alumni and friends who wish to honor Ireland’s distinguished career at UK.

Daniel B. Rowland Community Internship Award

In his long career as a member of the University of Kentucky History Department, Dr. Daniel Rowland served as a strong advocate for community engagement and local historic preservation. The Daniel B. Rowland Fellowship was created to provide support to junior or senior undergraduate students enrolled in a history class who have been accepted as a summer intern in the fields of community service, historic education, or historic preservation. Congratulations to: Christopher Beebout for his internship at the Kentucky Historical Society.

This fund is accepting donations from alumni and friends who wish to honor Dr. Rowland’s distinguished career at UK.

The Holman Hamilton Scholarship in History

Each fall, the Department of History selects an outstanding first-semester senior to provide financial assistance toward tuition for this endowed award in honor of faculty emeritus Dr. Holman Hamilton (1910–80). Nominations are by members of the faculty, and seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in History courses. Congratulations to Shania Goble and Presley Ramey.

The Kirwan–Elliott Award for Excellence in History

This award is thanks to the generous support of Dr. Mark Elliott and Mrs. Darlene Elliott. Dr. Elliott attended UK’s graduate program in History from 1969 to 1974, and he hopes that the recipients of the scholarship find the study of history as rewarding as he has. The award goes to Corinne Gressang.

Philo Bennett Prize

Each spring a special departmental committee announces a competition for the Philo Bennett Prize, founded in 1915, an award for the best historical paper by an undergraduate. The prize comes with a small cash award.

  • Winner: Cathryn Perini.
  • Honorable Mentions: Alejandro Baker, Doug Center, Daniel R. Lewis and Elizabeth A. Massie

Bryan Chair Fellowship

This is a one-semester award to a post-qualifying exam student working on the doctoral dissertation. The recipients are Cameron Boutin and Stefanie Greenhill.

For assistance, please contact philanthropy officer Debra Gold at 859-257-8124 or debra.gold@uky.edu. We are grateful for your support.


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