Resources for Current Students


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.

Preregistration and AVNs

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.**

The Undergraduate Committee

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.

University at Albany opportunities
Patricia Stocking Brown Award

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)
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

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, The department awards the following:

    The Arthur A. Ekirch Prize in American History is awarded to the graduate student who submits the most outstanding research paper in American 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.
    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.
The Department of History Awards
The Sherry Penney Award

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.
The Joseph E. Persico ’52 Fellowship Fund and Department Doctoral Research Fund

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

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.

The deadline for all awards and prizes will be sometime in March 2020.
Applicants will be notified via email by mid-April

Judaic Studies and Hebrew Studies Awards & Scholarships
Kappa Beta Memorial Scholarship - JST

The Kappa Beta Fraternity was founded by Jewish students at the University at Albany in 1937 and flourished for many years. The Kappa Beta Memorial Scholarship of $1,000, established by fraternity alumni, is awarded to an outstanding senior minoring in Judaic Studies or Hebrew Studies.

Calvin and Patricia Zippin Endowment Scholarship - JST

Dr. Calvin Zippin, an alumnus of the Class of '47 and of the Kappa Beta Fraternity, and his wife, Patricia, have established this endowment scholarship of $1,000 in memory of Calvin's parents Samuel and Jennie Zippin, to help outstanding students working in fields related to Judaic Studies or Hebrew Studies to pursue their educational goals.

Lillian L. Kensky and Dr. Harry C. Kensky Endowment Fund Award - JS

Mrs. Lillian L. Kensky, the widow of Dr. Harry C. Kensky, an alumnus of the Class of 1940 of and of the Kappa Beta Fraternity, has established this honor. $750 is awarded on the basis of academic merit to a graduating senior minoring in Judaic Studies or Hebrew Studies.

Fishman Fund Grant - CJS

Mr. Irving Fishman, an alumnus of the Class of 1940 and the Kappa Beta Fraternity, established this fund, which awards $500 annually to a worthy student minoring in Judaic Studies or Hebrew Studies in need of financial support to further their educational plans.

Eunice Sherer Judaic Studies Scholarship - JST

The Eunice Sherer Judaic Studies Scholarship was established by Dr. Abraham Sherer shortly before his passing in memory of his late wife Eunice. Dr. Sherer was affectionately known to the students as “Uncle Abe.” The fund provides an award of $1,000 to students minoring in Judaic Studies or Hebrew Studies who are in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

Morris Altman Research Fund - CJS

The Morris Altman Research Fund was established by Nolan Altman, an alumnus of the Class of 1977, in memory of his father. The fund provides an annual award of $1,000 to students pursuing original research on issues and topics related to Jewish Studies. Preference is given to undergraduate students.

Independent Study Opportunities

Use this list to identify professors in the history department offering opportunities for undergraduate research in history related to their intellectual interests. Begin by contacting the professor whose research interests you. If it is a match, students may earn credit by enrolling in AHIS 497 under that professor’s supervision to earn up to 3 credits of upper-level history credit, depending on hours logged.

Current Independent Study Opportunities 

Honors Program

The Department of History's honors program is a two-semester experience designed to provide well-qualified students with closer contact with faculty and more intensive training in historical research and writing than is normally possible.

Learn more about the History Honors Program.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is an honor society for undergraduate and graduate students who have distinguished themselves for academic excellence in history.

Learn more about or apply to Phi Alpha Theta.