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Carol Wilson Accepted by Prestigious History Program

Friday, April 2, 2010

Carol Wilson, a senior with a double major in History and Professional Writing, has been accepted into the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's History Scholars Program.

This program awards scholarships to undergraduate students with a passion for American history, and academic excellence in the field, to attend a five-week research program in New York City during June and July. In order to be eligible, students must have taken at least one American History course and plan to major or concentrate in American History or American Studies.

According to the Gilder Lehrman website, as a recipient, Carol will receive a fellowship worth $10,000 that includes tuition, books, field trips, a travel allowance, room and board, and a $2,200 stipend. As part of the five-week experience, Carol will conduct primary-source research on rare, unpublished historical manuscripts in the Institute's collection; meet and study in small seminars with historians such as David Blight, Eric Foner, Carol Berkin, and others; receive behind-the-scenes tours of rare archives at the NY Historical Society, the NY Public Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and produce original research projects under the supervision of the program director.

This is a very competitive national program, and of perhaps 1,000 applications received annually, the Institute chooses only 10 of the best and brightest students from across the nation. This summer, Carol will be taking her place as one of the best and brightest undergraduate students in the United States.

This is a great honor for Carol and she should be very proud of the career she has shaped here that led her to what will be, we hope, a fabulous experience! Way to go Carol!