Committee for the History of Environment and Technology
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Call for Applications, CHET Graduate Student Fellowships. Deadline: December 1, 2005.Within the broader area of the history of science, technology, and environment, faculty with particular interest in the intersections of environmental and technological history have raised about $280,000 from the National Science Foundation to help fund predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. These faculty members are Bernie Carlson (principal investigator), Jack Brown and Edmund Russell (co-principal investigators) and Brian Balogh. Beginning in 1996, as the Committee on the History of Environment and Technology, these four faculty members obtained university funding for two postdoctoral fellowships in the history of environment and technology, offered undergraduate and graduate courses in this area, and organized seminars featuring outside speakers. The National Science Foundation grant builds on this foundation. Strong support for the grant proposal came from the chairs of the departments of history (Charles McCurdy) and technology, culture, and communication (Michael Gorman) and the deans of arts and sciences and engineering. The funding is for academic years 2004-2007.
The predoctoral fellowship packages will provide graduate students with three years of funding. The National Science Foundation will fund students their first year. A mix of National Science Foundation and UVA money will fund their second year and third years. Some support will come from teaching assistantships in courses related to this field, such as Nature and Technology in America, Technology in World History, and others.
Graduate fellows take HIST 720: History of Environment and Technology, in fall term of their first year. (The course is open to all graduate students.) This course explores several themes in the overlap between environmental and technological history, including social construction and determinism; nature and technology; agency and power; and narratives beyond progress and decline. By organizing outside speakers and welcoming broad faculty input, this course serves as a common ground where faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and more advanced graduate fellows meet regularly to exchange ideas.
Graduate fellows subsequently take three more courses - two related 700 level courses and a 990 level thesis readings course - in their first two years to prepare for field exams. Their other courses will be chosen to fulfill the requirements for their fields of choice and for the history department.
Examples of related 700-level courses already taught (others will be offered in the future):
Sample curriculum for student with (a) a major field in history of science, technology, and environment (emphasizing environmental history), (b) a special field within the major in recent US History, and (c) special field outside the major in law and technology.
|1||HIST 720: History of Environment and Technology
HIST 99x: Thesis readings
|HIUS 702: Colloquium in American History
HIUS 802: Seminar in American History
|2||HIUS 761: Graduate Colloquium in Womens History
HIUS 855: Seminar in American Legal History
|HIST 7xx: Global Environmental History
HIUS 726: Colloquium in American Political Development
CHET Fellowship 2004-2007|
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CHET Fellowship 2005-2008|
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