Spring 2014

On Thursday, April 17, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program held our annual celebration, and a number of student awards were presented, including:

Robert Knoll Graudate Award: Ben Obernolte

Undergraduate Essay Contest
First Place: Sarah Swortzel
Second Place: Brittny Ofstedal
Third Place: Macie McIntosh

Undergraduate Creative Project Contest
First Place: Adam Lambert
Second Place: Michael Hansen
Third Place: Michaela Montgomery

Congratulations to Dennis Henry, who will be graduating this May with his MFA in Directing and a graduate minor in Medieval and Reniassance Studies

Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Michael Hansen, Brittny Ofstedal, Haley Sadlo, Andrew Singleton, and Sarah Swortzel

Congratulations to Paul Strauss for his many accomplishments. He has been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct dissertation research in Germany during the 2014-15 academic year. His home institution in Germany will be the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. Additionally, Paul has received a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, a private national agency that offers competitive, merit-based grants for study and research at accredited German institutions. Finally, he also has received the Rolf and Ursula Schneider-Stiftung zur Foerderung der Geschichtswissenschaften Stipendium, a summer research grant through the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel, Germany, to support his project. The grant includes a living stipend to defray costs while Paul is researching in Wolfenbuettel.

Congratulations to Catherine Medici-Thiemann for her many accomplishments. She has received a Mellon Fellowship to be a member of the paleography seminar led by Heather Wolfe at the Folger Shakespeare Library in summer 2014. This will help her prepare to read manuscripts when she takes up her NACBS Huntington Graduate Fellowship for 2014-2015 that supports her dissertation research at the Huntington Library for her project "'She Governs the Queen': Jane Dudley, Mary Dudley Sidney, and Catherine Dudley Hastings' Political Actions, Agency, and Networks in Tudor England." The fellowship is one of two awards the NACBS gives annually for graduate student research. Catherine also received one of three awards for best graduate student paper from the South Central Renaissance Conference held in Tucson, Arizona.

Alyson Alvarez has received the 2014 Francis Drake travel award from the Queen Elizabeth I Society, which meets annually with the South Central Renaissance Conference.


The Medieval and Renaissance Studies program congratulates Julia Schleck, the Program's interim director for Fall 2011-Spring 2012, who received a three month fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. This is the second fellowship Professor Schleck has won in 2012! Read more.
Julia Schleck was awarded a $6,000 Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, to support research on her new book in the London archives for summer 2012.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Ph.D. student Nate Probasco was awarded one of three Univeristy Presidential Graduate Fellowships.
Another program doctoral student, Andrea Nichols, was the subject of a interview for a series of videos "Studying History at UNL" for the Department of History website.

Amy Burnett has been appointed the Paula and D. B. Varner University Professor of History. This is a great honor for Amy and a recognition of all she has achieved in research, teaching, and service. We in Medieval and renaissance Studies congratulate her for this great honor.