Quanece Williams (’16) is going to Law School at Cornell

Quanece Williams, an Eastern alum, a double major in History and Political Science, and a Barnard Scholar, has just shared some great news with us: she had received a scholarship to and will attend Cornell’s J.D./LL.M. International and Comparative Law program starting this Fall.


We are very proud of Quanece and wish her all the success at Cornell!

If you think computers aren’t just a fad

then you might consider applying for a certificate in Digital Public Humanities.

The Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, has created a fully online Graduate Certificate in Digital Public Humanities. The program trains students in the digital skills and tools that are increasingly essential to careers in education, public history, libraries, publishing and many kinds of government and non-profit work. This 15-credit program consists of three online courses followed by a remote internship with a unit of the Smithsonian Institution. Because it is both online and part-time, students can pursue it while working or attending another graduate program. The certificate can also be combined with our own History M.A. program.

For more information:  http://to.gmu.edu/humanitiesonline.

If this tickles your fancy, you should probably take Dr. Ostwald’s HIS 386 Introduction to Digital History this fall. As a Mason post-doctoral fellow whose office was in the temporary building that housed Mason’s Center for History and New Media, he can vouch for George Mason being the premier program in Digital History. They’re the people who brought us Zotero and Omeka, among many other digital projects: https://rrchnm.org/what-we-do/.

Public Policy in your future?

Passing on news of another graduate school opportunity:

Thinking about entering public office? Want to be a stakeholder in influencing public policy?

For those interested, you can earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, or Survey Research with UConn’s Department of Public Policy. We offer 3 Master programs and 4 Graduate Certificates in Leadership & Public Management, Public Financial Management, Nonprofit Management, and Survey Research.

For more information please visit our main website: http://www.dpp.uconn.edu – read on student, faculty, and alumni spotlights. Check out our curriculum and the Internship & Professional Practice (IPP) program where 2nd year MPA or MPP students are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship!

Grad school opportunity

To quote from the official materials:

“Midwestern State University, Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History has available for the 2017-2018 academic year several graduate research assistantships for qualifying students seeking the Master of Arts’ degree in History. The assistantship stipend is $8000 for the nine-month academic year.  Non-Texas residents who are admitted will also be recommended for in-state tuition rates. All awards will be made on a competitive basis as well. These stipends are renewable for a second year, pending the student’s satisfactory academic performance. Graduate research assistants are typically assigned to a faculty member and are expected to work no more than 19 hours per week. Some even have the opportunity in their second year to gain teaching experience, serving as discussion group leaders for a section of United States History survey course.

If you have qualified students who might be interested in the opportunity to undertake graduate studies, particularly in the field of United States, European, or Latin American history, please encourage them to contact the history department in the near future. The assistantships are competitive, and decisions are typically made by end of the spring semester for the following fall term.

For any student with both the ability and motivation to continue their pursuit of History, more information may be obtained on the MSU web site: www.mwsu.edu. Thank you for your attention in this program.”

Midwestern State University

Mock GREs

For those interested in going on to grad school, many graduate programs (in many disciplines) require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). It’s a good idea to take a practice exam if at all possible.

So this semester, Psi Chi, the honor society in Psychology, will be hosting four sessions of the Mock GREs here at Eastern. This computerized test is created by ETS, and scores are provided at the end of the session.

Sessions will occur on: October 6 from 6-8 PM; October 9 from 3-5 PM; November 11 from 1-3 PM; and November 12 from 6-8 PM.

All sessions will be in Webb 307, and the cost is $5, paid in cash or check made out to ECSU Psi Chi (paid at the testing session). Proceeds go to the Rich Bronson Scholarship Fund to defer costs of graduate school for Psi Chi members.

Please email Dr. James Diller in Psychology (dillerj@easternct.edu) to reserve a seat.


Our recent history graduate Kristina Oschmann will be beginning her first semester as a graduate student in the CCSU public history program. In an email to the chair of Eastern’s history department, Kristina writes: “I am excited to see where this path will lead, and am actively looking for and applying to history related jobs. Thank you for making my undergraduate education interesting and for challenging me when I needed it. I look forward to keeping in touch!” Congratulations, Kristina!