This blog will detail my grad school research and progress: studying for and retaking the GRE, looking at different graduate schools, the application process, and eventually the (hopefully) good news.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Faculty: 1. Jeanne Boydston: Women's, Early Republic and Antebellum, social & cultural of 19th c. 2. Anne Enke: History of Sexuality 3. Nan Enstad: Women's 20th c., popular culture 4. Christina Greene
Deadline: December 1
Required Credits: To be eligible for the Ph.D., students must take a total of 32 graduate-level credits at UW-Madison.
Requirements: 1. Transcript 2. GRE scores 3. 3 Letters of recommendation 4. Writing Sample 5. Personal Statement: 2-3 pgs, While it may well include some autobiographical information, its real purpose is to acquaint us with how your mind works. We want to know what kinds of intellectual problems and issues interest you, whose stories intrigue you, what sorts of analytical or narrative approaches you like to pursue, which historical writings you admire – and your reasons for these various preferences. Please help us understand your decision to enter the historical profession and how you see your own role in it.
Financial Aid: Decided in February. Not all get funded. A significant % of incoming students do not receive such support. Some receive project assistantships or a teaching assistantship. Aid for continuing students (second-year and later) takes a variety of forms. University Fellowships in this category are normally available only to students who have completed prelims and been admitted to dissertator status. Predissertators, however, are fully eligible for other categories of aid, including teaching assistantships, project/research assistantships, Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS or Title VI) fellowships, and departmental fellowships. 1. Departmental Multi-Year Aid Packages: These provide four to five years of guaranteed aid to a select number of incoming graduate students. One or two years is in the form of a University Fellowship (see below); the remainder may take the form of departmental fellowships, assistantships, or external fellowships. 2. University Fellowships: In 2007-2008, University Fellowships for new graduate students include a stipend of $15,570, plus payment of tuition and fees and a $600 Vilas Welcome Week check issued in August to cover moving expenses. The History Department's Fellowships & Scholarships Committee reviews incoming applicants and submits nominations to the Graduate School early in the spring semester. The Graduate School announces the competition results in late February and the Department notifies recipients by mail. Direct any inquiries to the Department of History, c/o Graduate Funding Coordinator; do not call the Graduate School. Students must accept their awards by April 15. 3. History Department Fellowships: The Department's Fellowships & Scholarships Committee awards these fellowships, determining the number and size of the prizes according to the money available in the department’s trust funds. The Committee currently awards one-semester grants of approximately $5,000 - $7,000, the majority of which carry out-of-state tuition remission. In recent years these have been awarded to continuing students. 4. Teaching Assistantships: The History Department awards teaching assistantships based on a ranking system. The main factors used for the rankings include: (1) area of study, (2) the date of the M.A., (3) Ph.D. requirements completed, (4) number of previous semesters as a teaching assistant in the History Department, and (5) grade point average since entering the history grad program. Incoming students are first eligible for the rankings for second semester appointments. 5. Project/Research Assistantships and Grader/Readerships: Faculty members select the individuals they wish to employ in these positions and may occasionally offer them to incoming students. When funds allow, the History Department offers a project assistantship to work on graduate student retention and recruitment.
I'm a historian-in-training working on southern women's history. Right now, I'm in the middle of writing my master's thesis on the early period of woman suffrage in Alabama.
I've moved 16 times in my life. I've got friends from one side of the Atlantic to the other. History is one of the few things I don't think I could ever give up. Books are probably my favorite physical possession and coffee is my ambrosia. I never intended to end up in Mobile but I came back because this is where my credits are.
Among the lessons I've learned: I feel less alone by myself than in a crowd of people, friends are fleeting-the ones that stick around are worth keeping, relationships shouldn't be used as a buffer for loneliness or as a reason for happiness, family-for better or worse- will always be family, and a pretty spring day can cure just about any ill if you let it.