The History Department's graduate program at Illinois State University offers three awards to their students. These consist of two thesis awards and the Helen M. Cavanagh Prize for the Best Master's Student. Below are details on how to obtain these awards.
Helen M. Cavanagh taught history at Illinois State University from 1945 to 1972. Over her career she guided the completion of sixty-five master’s theses, an achievement that contributed significantly to the reputation of the department’s master’s program. Upon her death, Dr. Cavanagh bequeathed to the department an endowment that has enabled the department to recognize the achievements of its graduate students.
The recipient of this award is chosen each year during the spring semester from among master’s students who have reached the approximate mid-point in the Master's in History Program at Illinois State. Selection is determined by a departmental committee on the basis of:
The Cavanagh Prize is awarded at a departmental awards event. The recipient traditionally offers a brief address of response to the award. The award normally carries a stipend of $5000.
The History Department offers two Thesis Awards. The first for the Best Master's Thesis in American History and the second for the Best Master's Thesis Outside American History. The awards are chosen each year from among Master’s theses completed in the history department during the academic year, September 1 through August 31. Candidacy in the selection is automatic upon final approval of the thesis and deposit of a copy in the History department. Criteria for evaluation includes:
Selection is determined by a departmental committee, and both prizes are awarded at a departmental awards event. Each award usually carries a stipend of $500.