The History Department regards advising its majors as one of its most important responsibilities and believes that students deserve individualized attention from faculty members. To that end, the department has assigned each History major a specific faculty member as an advisor. That faculty member will be your main contact for advisement, including obtaining an advisor verification number (AVN), deciding on class schedules each semester, reviewing your degree audit, and consulting about graduate or professional school, career plans, and other academic matters. To find out who the department has assigned as your advisor, please consult your MyUAlbany page or look at the top of your DARS.
Once you have declared a major, do not use AdvisorTrac. To schedule appointments, contact the professor directly.
Each semester, prior to the preregistration period (October during Fall semester, and March during Spring), students should contact their advisor to find out about scheduling an advising appointment. You should then consult History course descriptions available on-line on the department’s Web page, and arrive at your preregistration advising appointment with a copy of your degree audit, an understanding of the graduation requirements you have yet to fulfill, and a list of potential classes for the following semester. Advisors will review this information with you, then provide you with an AVN to allow you to sign up for classes once registration has begun. **Please note: you cannot receive your AVN without attending one of these advisement meetings.**
Students may see their advisor at other times during the semester to discuss academic matters. Members of the undergraduate committee, who help oversee the department’s undergraduate program, are also available in this capacity They can help with matters ranging from problems with your audit, to questions about the major, study abroad credit approvals, transfer credit (Transfer Credit Permission form), the honors program, and much more.
|Declaring a Minor||
Fill out the appropriate place in the Undergraduate Program Information Form to declare your minor. Once completed, drop it off at the Registrar's Office in CC-B25.
|Phi Alpha Theta Application||
Information about Phi Alpha Theta, including application form available here.
|Honors Program Application||
This form is necessary to apply for the Undergraduate Honors Program and is due March 15. Please contact the Undergraduate Director if you have any questions.
|Independent Study Form||
This form is necessary for students planning to pursue an independent study (His 497).
|Transfer Credit Permission Form||
This link takes you to the Registrar's Office website, where the form may be downloaded in PDF format. This form is required of any student wishing to transfer credits from another school to UAlbany.
|Study Abroad: Preliminary Approval of Courses Form||
This link takes you to the UAlbany Office of International Education, where the form may be downloaded in Microsoft Word. (Go to "Post-Acceptance" forms.) This form will assist students with having courses pre-approved for credit before traveling overseas.
Awards & Fellowships
Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
Submit completed this application to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History no later than April 5. The department will make decisions and notify applicants by April 26, and then distribute the scholarships and awards at the Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony on May 9. Undergraduate Award Application
Graduate Scholarships & Awards
MA applicants: the History Department is currently unable to offer financial aid to MA students. Some history internships may be paid, and MA and PhD students are encouraged to apply for scholarships, awards, and/or travel stipends available through various department, university, and external sources. Information about opportunities within the department is shared via department email. In addition, through the University at Albany’s Office for Sponsored Programs, all graduate students are offered the option of joining SPIN, a web-based database of sponsored funding opportunities.
The Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research in University Libraries Award
Cash awards to one undergraduate student and one graduate student who submit an application describing a research project/class paper related to feminist social justice using materials in The University at Albany Libraries’ M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives. The awards are $100 for undergraduate and $500 for graduate students.
Initiatives for Women (IFW)
Initiatives for Women (IFW) awards, generally between $500 and $1500, are designed to enhance educational and career opportunities for women students, staff, and faculty. Applications are generally due in March.
Department of History Paper Prize Competitions - The deadline is generally in March.
An opportunity to have your research recognized by the Department. Each prize comes with a small cash award. Submissions from all history graduate students are encouraged. To apply for one of the prizes below, please submit as one file:
- A cover sheet with your name, email address, the date, the paper title, and information about the course for which the paper was written.
- A copy of the research paper, being sure that your last name and a page number are on every page. The paper must have been written between January and January of the previous year.
- Please name the file as follows: LastName_PaperPrize_2019.docx (or .pdf)
Email the file directly to Prof. Carl Bon Tempo, Graduate Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. The department awards the following:
- ARTHUR A. EKIRCH, JR. PRIZE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
The Arthur A. Ekirch Prize in American History is awarded to the graduate student who submits the most outstanding research paper in American History.
- ARTHUR A. EKIRCH, JR. PRIZE IN HISTORY
The Arthur A. Ekirch Prize in History is awarded to the graduate student who submits the most outstanding research paper in any geographic area other than American History.
- PHI ALPHA THETA PAPER PRIZE
The Phi Alpha Theta Award is given to a Master’s student for an outstanding paper in history written within the last calendar year (since January 2017). Winner will be recognized at the Phi Alpha Theta reception.
Established by Dr. Sherry Penney, a distinguished History Department alumna, the Sherry Penney Award is given to the most outstanding woman graduate student in History who is planning to pursue a career in history. To submit:
- A statement summarizing progress toward your degree and professional career plans. Please name the file as follows: LastName_PenneyAward_2019.docx (or .pdf)
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty to support your application, to be sent directly by the faculty member to Prof. Bon Tempo. One of the recommendations must be from History faculty at the University at Albany.
A fellowship established in honor of distinguished alumnus Joseph E. Persico '52, these funds may be used for any expenses related directly to research, including travel to archival collections and other research sites, photocopying, etc. Students may apply for fellowships ranging from $200 to $4000. Priority will be given to those who have not received support through these programs previously, though all applications will be fully considered. Applications may receive partial funding at the discretion of the awards committee. If you received one of these awards in previous years, you must submit your one-page research report detailing your use of those funds before you will be considered for this round. Send your report to email@example.com.
All graduate students in good standing, who are conducting research on some aspect of U.S. history (including those doing comparative and international projects), are eligible to apply for the Persico Fellowship Fund. However, priority will be given to doctoral students engaged in dissertation research. The Doctoral Research Award is open only to doctoral students. Students seeking consideration for both should submit a single application; the committee will consider it for the award for which it is eligible.
- The application should submit the following to Prof. Bon Tempo, via email, by the deadline:
- A brief, one paragraph statement (50 word) summarizing the request, including how much support you are seeking and for what purpose.
- A description (500 word maximum) of the project and explanation of how the proposed activity advances your project goals.
- An itemized budget indicating how the funding will be used (including total cost for the proposed activity and information about how additional expenses might be covered). NOTE: It is critical that your budget accurately and clearly reflect your projected expenses. The committee recommends that all applicants consult with their advisors or Prof. Bon Tempo about how to prepare a budget.
- A timeline for completing the activities for which support is being requested, and for the project overall (for those at the early stages of doctoral research, this latter part can be very general). The activity period for the award is June 1 of the award year to May 31 of the following year.
- A letter from the faculty member directing the research about the importance of the project and the applicant’s progress or anticipated progress in completing it, send directly to Prof. Bon Tempo by the deadline.