Internships & Awards
Guidelines for Internships in the Chapman Center for Rural Studies
Deadline for Spring 2013: December 10, 2012
Interns in the Chapman Center shall be selected based on the following criteria:
- A letter of interest by the applicant regarding the awarding of an internship.
- Successful completion of one or more courses in a Chapman Center foundational class: History 533, Kansas Communities or Public History, the History of Kansas or Kansas Geography.
- A written recommendation by the instructor in the course or courses above.
- Clear demonstration of research skills in more than one area of evidence gathering: (eg, oral history, primary document research, government records, photographic records, GIS or historic maps)
- Strong writing and critical thinking skills. (Submission of an original research paper/project on a Kansas topic.)
Privileges and Expectations
Interns in the Chapman Center receive $1500.00 per semester not based on financial need. Interns must enroll in History 798-Internship in History. Interns have general use of the research room, field equipment, photocopy machine, databases, etc. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 6 hours per week on a thematic project (eg, publication of a book, database, website, museum installation) and keep a log of their activities each week. A Center intern should be an exemplary representative of the Center’s goals and standards for the University Community and the general non-academic public.
Internships are awarded each semester. Successful interns may apply for a second internship the following semester.
All applications will be accepted until the official end of the semester and should include a letter of interest, written recommendation from an instructor in one of the required courses, and a writing sample. All applications are to be turned into the Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, in 111 Leasure Hall. Selection of interns are made by the Director, Research Director Dr. M.J. Morgan, and a faculty member current on the Chapman Center Board of Directors.
Broughton Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Regional Kansas History
$250 awarded annually in May. Submission deadline May 3, 2013.
The Broughton Prize in an annual award for the best researched and written project submitted in a Chapman Center foundational class (History 533, Kansas Communities or Public History, the History of Kansas or Kansas Geography) the previous year. All from the previously mentioned classes are welcome to apply with the exception of Chapman Center interns.
- Paper should be a highly focused examination of person, place, or time in Kansas history.
- The paper demonstrates a connection between regional Kansas history and the broader context of national and international history.
- It makes a significant, fresh contribution to knowledge about the topic and demonstrates research beyond work previously published.
- The sources for the paper are diverse and include field work: oral history, photographs, visits to sites if required, maps, a variety of local history documents. Secondary sources should clearly support the topic.
- The organization and writing are clear and effective, with consistent, accurate documentation in the form of footnotes and bibliography according to the Chicago Manual of Style for History.
All papers are to be turned into the Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, in 111 Leasure Hall. Selection of award is made by the Director, Research Director Dr. M.J. Morgan, and a faculty member current on the Chapman Center Board of Directors.