Wilma J Pugh Grant

The Wilma J. Pugh Award was established by Wilma Pugh, Professor Emeritus of History, and her nephew, Emerson Pugh.

Spring 2014 deadline for applications: noon on 14 March 2014.

A faculty committee will choose recipients of the award based on students' past achievement and the quality of their research proposals.  Recent recipients have used this award to conduct research in the United States, Europe, South Asia, and Africa. A student might, for example, receive funding for travel expenses or usage fees related to her proposed project in historical research.  Wilma Pugh said of the award, "I hope that students will develop an interest in research and the ability to know how to do research.  Whether they go on in history or not, training in research is useful in a great variety of fields."

Wilma Pugh was a History Professor at Mount Holyoke College from 1943 until 1971, and a specialist in seventeenth and eighteenth-century French history with an emphasis on intellectual history.  She received a Ph.D. in 1931 from Cornell University and was the first woman to teach history there.  Emerson Pugh is a retired IBM scientist and author of four books on the history of the computer industry.  He is also father of Sarah Pugh Tate, who graduated from Mount Holyoke College as a history major in 1985.

Application Process
Students who wish to apply for the Wilma J Pugh Grant will be asked to submit an on-line application form which includes:

  • a 2-3 page description of the proposed project (along with a 1 page bibliography) that defines the topic and describes both the importance of the research for the student's program of study and the uses to which the Award would be put;
  • a transcript (an unofficial transcript is sufficient);
  • a proposed budget; and
  • having 1 letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Department with whom the student has worked sent to Holly Sharac, Senior Administrative Assistant.

Interested students should consider examining the bulletin board in the hallway of the third floor of Skinner (outside 309 Skinner), which contains application-writing suggestions and copies of successful application from the past.

Applicants should also feel free to consult with members of the History Department.

Ready to apply? Please proceed to the on-line application form.