The College of Arts and Humanities is seeking nominations for the Mary S. Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014. The Mary S. Snouffer Scholarship Fund will support up to three fellowships for qualified students pursuing the doctorate in any discipline in the humanities, including the study of language, literature, culture, philosophy, history or the arts. Preference will be given to students in English, but scholarships can be awarded to students in other disciplines in the humanities and arts. Recipients of the scholarship shall be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Criteria for selection shall be based upon both academic merit and need. Each department should put forward its very best candidate and no department should submit more than three nominations. Proposals should be written with a non-specialist audience in mind.
Must be a graduate student who has reached the dissertation stage.
Must have completed all course work and passed the qualifying examination for the doctorate degree.
Students receiving the Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship are expected to enroll full-time and to devote full time to work on their dissertation. To be certified as a full-time student, recipients of the Fellowship must be officially registered for 6 credits of 899.
Recipients are not allowed to hold on- or off-campus jobs of more than ten hours per week.
The 9.5-month stipend for the Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for the 2013-2014 Academic Year is $20,000. This amount does not cover health benefits and is not tax exempt.
The Graduate School has agreed to cover the candidacy tuition remission for each fellowship recipient and will process all paperwork through Student Financial Aid at http://www.financialaid.umd.edu or 301-314-9000. The fellowship is non-renewable.
Nominations for the Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship must be received by March 15, 2013.
Nomination packet should include:
Nomination letter (by Chair or Graduate Director)
Project description (2-3 pages) by the nominee
Copy of the nominee's curriculum vita
Letter of recommendation from the nominee's advisor
Send nomination packet to:
Associate Dean Alene Moyer
College of Arts and Humanities
1102 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park, MD 20742
For further information please contact Associate Dean Moyer at 301-405-5646 or email@example.com.
Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship Awards for the year 2012-2013:
James Hodapp: “Beyond Writing Back: African Literature's Self-Referentialism.”
Patricia Vergara: “Colombian Corridos: A Mexican Genre and the Mapping of a Colombian War.”
Andrew Nelson: , “African American Photographic and Musical Expression in Rural Alabama, 1900-1935.”
To support the professional development of our graduate students through the presentation of original research, the College of Arts and Humanities awards grants for travel to significant national and international conferences. There will be three competitions per year.
Eligible expenses include transportation, lodging, registration fees and per diem for food.
General Guidelines: Up to $500 for travel within North America and up to $700 for international travel.
College deadlines (for departments to submit materials to the ARHU Dean’s office):
Round 1 - Friday, October 5, 2012; Round 2 - Friday, December 7, 2012; and Round 3 - Friday, May 3, 2013.
Please check with individual program graduate director for departmental deadline previous to these College deadlines.
To apply, please submit the online application form providing the following information:
- Short c.v. (including up-to-date contact information and address)
- Stage of graduate career (e.g., defending dissertation in Fall 2013)
- Brief description (no more than two paragraphs) of the research to be presented, its significance in the field and the format of the presentation (e.g. paper on a panel, poster presentation). Include a statement of the review process your presentation underwent. Please keep in mind that you are contextualizing your research for non-specialists.
- Brief description of the conference and its organizing body, including the url of the conference/organization website
- Brief Statement of the contribution the conference will make to your career
- Statement on whether other funding sources have been sought for this travel(e.g. Goldhaber Travel Awards from the Graduate School). Students are encouraged to apply for outside funding.
- Budget of estimated costs
- Copy of the letter/email accepting the presentation
Priority will be given to students attending national or international conferences of major professional organizations. We particularly hope to help students toward the end of their graduate careers gain experience and make contacts important to their to their job prospects. However, the intellectual and professional development of each student is also a priority, thus the Fellowship Committee will also provide some funds for students presenting original work at prestigious conferences early in their careers (e.g., before advancing to candidacy).
Preference will be given to students who have not had an ARHU Travel Award in the past. Awards will not be given for travel that has already taken place.
NB: These applications must be turned in on time to be considered for the current cycle. Please do not apply in Round 1 for travel that will take place in February or later in the following semester.
The entire application is now electronic! To apply, please go to: http://apply.arhu.umd.edu.
For further information please contact Associate Dean Moyer at 301-405-5646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Arts and Humanities would like to announce a competition for the newly established James. F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship. For FY 13, the amount available for graduate students will be $1,450.00, which will be divided into: (1)one Master's level award at $725.00 and (1) one doctoral level award at $725.00.
- Applicants should write a 2-page application describing how their breadth of interests and activities exemplify key principles of an arts and humanities education, to be submitted to the home department/program. Please include complete, current contact information.
- Each department/program may forward a maximum of one nomination at the Master's level and one nomination at the Doctoral level. (So, a maximum total of two nominations if a program has both a Master's and a Doctoral degree.) The department must attach a letter of support for each nomination, written by a faculty member who can speak to the student's suitability for this award.
Nominations should be forwarded to: email@example.com on behalf of Alene Moyer, Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, ARHU.
Deadline (Extended): Dec. 14, 2012
Congratulations to the 2012-13 James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarshp winners:
Emily Jane Warheit, Doctoral student in Theater and Performance Studies
Emily’s area of specialization is in applied theatre as a tool for education, therapy, community building, or other avenues of social change. Her Master’s level work began as an investigation into theater and arts-based learning as a way to raise consciousness and learn employment skills, as well as life skills. This project led Emily to work with an NGO in Uganda over the summer that used the arts to educate members of small rural communities about environmental, ecological, and health issues. As part of her current doctoral research, she hopes to return to east Africa to conduct an in-depth investigation into the crossroads of arts education, applied theater, economics, cultural policy, and politics. At the same time, Emily has been developing an interdisciplinary, project-based course on the Arts and Society for the College Park Scholars – Arts program, where she mentors students on capstone projects in service learning, artistic projects, and peer leadership. Emily has also directed collaborative projects such as the recent staged reading of The Dybbuk for a symposium in the Jewish Studies department, and has worked as a dramaturg on two dance pieces in the department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. Emily’s interdisciplinary work makes clear her goal of using arts and theater as a jumping off point to learn about the world, and to engage with the broader community on intellectual and social issues in practical ways.
Lina Morales-Chacana, Masters student in Spanish
A native of Chile, Lina’s interests lie in researching, promoting, cultivating and preserving Hispanic cultural expressions across cultures in a multiplicity of settings. She has worked at the Embassy of Chile in Washington D.C., with the GALA Hispanic Theatre as marketing and PR director, assisted Prof. Jorge Aguilar-Mora in writing a short play about emancipation in Latin America, and created a bilingual digital archive of Chilean dramaturgy. As a Spanish cluster mentor in the Language House, Lina developed a multicultural curriculum that primarily takes into account cultural practices and sociopolitical issues in literature, theater, dance, music and the visual arts. For her Master’s thesis she is developing a digital bilingual journal to focus on Hispanic theatre outside of its linguistic and geographical boundaries in a contemporary, globalized world. Lina has also assisted with symposia and film festivals on Latin America, and has been pivotal in transforming the Language House Multipurpose Room into a multi-cultural photography exhibit. Off campus, Lina has also worked with organizers in Langley Park on artistic projects to promote local participation in broader initiatives. Through the array of activities and experiences that Lina has pursued, she has sought to promote various viewpoints and schools of thought, and has become a real ambassador of Hispanic and Latino culture in the university community and beyond.
The University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged. Awards will be given each year in four broad disciplinary areas: 1) Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering; 2) Social Sciences; 3) Humanities and Fine Arts; and 4) Biological and Life Sciences. The Council of Graduate Schools uses these categories for its annual national dissertation awards. Recipients of the Distinguished Dissertation Award will receive an honorarium of $1000 and may be nominated by the University for the CGS national award.
ARHU will be able to submit a total of three nominations to the Graduate School for the 2012-13 award.
Eligibility: PhD dissertations defended and submitted to the Graduate School in the calendar year 2012.
The guidelines for nominations from the Grad School can be found at the following address: http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/current_students/prizes_and_awards.html
Below is a brief description of the nomination process and materials for the College of Arts and Humanities. Your department is responsible for compiling the necessary components. Please note two additional stipulations for the ARHU process, so this is not an exact replication of the Grad School description:
- an electronic copy of the whole dissertation in PDF form.
- a PDF attachment to include the remaining required elements of the nomination package (with bookmarks, if possible), in the following order:
- a Distinguished Dissertation Award cover sheet (available at this link: www.gradschool.umd.edu/images/uploads/Awards/DDCoverSheet_spring2013.pdf
- two letters of nomination: one from the dissertation supervisor and one from an additional faculty member that evaluate the significance and quality of the dissertation (the College will append its own letter describing the substantive contribution of the dissertation.)
- a double-spaced abstract of the dissertation in PDF form not to exceed 10 pages (appendices containing non-textual material, such as charts or tables, may be included; the pages should be numbered, and each should bear the name of the nominee)
- the nominee’s brief CV, including correct contact information
- the thesis advisor, in consultation with the student, should indicate in the letter which chapter the ARHU commitee should read in detail.
The deadline for submission of the application packet is February 1, 2013.
Graduate All - S.T.A.R. Fellowship
(Scholarship / Teaching, Administration, Research)
The Graduate School has just announced a new fellowship for GAs – the All-STAR – for GAs who are excellent all-around scholars as well as teachers and/or graduate administrative or research assistants. These nominations come to ARHU only, and are not vetted beyond that level. ARHU will select 2 All STAR fellowship winners, and their names will be passed on to The Graduate School, which will then feature all of University’s new All STAR fellows on its webpage.
Each All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship will carry a stipend of $10,000, which cannot be used to offset or reduce the amount of any other assistantship or fellowship support provided to the student in AY 13-14.These are supplemental, stipend-only awards that carry no tuition remission. Funds will be credited directly by the Graduate School to the student’s account, split evenly over the fall and spring semesters.
Minimum Student Eligibility:
Graduate students must be currently enrolled masters or doctoral students who hold at least a half-time graduate assistantship (RA, TA, or GA). They must have completed at least 3 semesters of graduate assistantship experience. To be selected as an All-S.T.A.R. Fellow, the candidate must demonstrate outstanding scholarship and must have made a significant contribution or impact while serving as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or administrative assistant.
Because the All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships are fellowships intended to provide additional support to outstanding students/graduate assistants, the student selected must be returning as an enrolled student/graduate assistant in AY 13-14.
Graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellows can be any GA/TA enrolled in ARHU. (The student need not hold an assistantship in ARHU, but it is incumbent upon the unit to verify the significant contributions made by the student as a graduate assistant.)
Each unit will forward just 1 candidate to the ARHU Fellowships Committee for consideration. This candidate may be at either the Master’s or Doctoral level. Those units with multiple graduate programs must deliberate at the unit level in order to determine who will get the nomination (e.g. TDPS, School of Music, and SLLC will each forward only 1 nomination to ARHU). Please also describe your deliberation process when you submit your nomination.
The deadline to submit nominations to ARHU is March 15 for us to meet the Grad School’s notification deadline of April 5.
The department is responsible for forwarding the following to the ARHU fellowships committee at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- name of All-S.T.A.R.
- a photograph
- a brief bio
- a summary describing the students’ outstanding scholarship and significant contribution as a graduate assistant (1- page maximum)
- a letter detailing the selection process used to determine the All-S.T.A.R. Fellow nomination (half-page maximum)
- a statement written by the All-S.T.A.R. Fellow describing how his or her service as a Graduate Assistant has enhanced his or her graduate education experience (250-word maximum)