Get a PhD in History at UB?
A supportive and stimulating community:
Our department takes pride in fostering
a sense of community and an atmosphere
of vitality among faculty, students, and staff. Outside
of the seminar room, professors and students meet in faculty offices,
around the photocopy machine, or at the coffee bar in Park Hall.
Graduate students are an integral part of such department events
as visiting speakers, faculty presentation of work-in-progress,
brownbag lunches, and talks presented by job candidates. Through
the Graduate History Association,
graduate students plan an annual graduate student conference. Graduate
student representatives sit on the department Graduate, Undergraduate,
Speakers, Library, and Search Committees, thus playing an important
role in department governance, curriculum and teaching, graduate
admissions, and faculty hiring. We consider this level of graduate
student involvement critical to the scholarly and collegial life
of our community as well as an important introduction to the profession
for doctoral students.
A commitment to your academic and professional success:
Our department recognizes that both academic guidance and
financial support are critical to your career as a doctoral
student. As an entering doctoral student, you will meet with the Director of
Graduate Studies to help you plan your academic program. Thereafter, you will
continue to receive regular guidance from the DGS, along with the professors
from whom you take seminars, your doctoral examination committee, and finally
your dissertation committee. Many students find our regular workshops, in which
faculty and students meet to discuss such topics as putting together a syllabus,
applying for grants, and composing a curriculum vitae, a useful way to develop
as teachers and scholars and to approach the job market with confidence. The
department has an strong record of placing our recent graduates in academic
Doctoral students usually receive four years of support, during which they
serve as teaching assistants. This year, that level of support ranges from $14,700
to $20,700. plus full tuition scholarships. We also often find ways to support
our students in the fifth year and beyond as they work on their dissertations.
Many of our students have been successful in winning external research grants,
from year-long Fulbrights to shorter-term grants from archives and historical
societies. The department and the university also award research travel and
dissertation writing grants. In addition, many of our advanced students teach
their own courses in UB’s evening division and during the summer, adding
to their teaching portfolios (and their bank accounts).
University-wide resources for learning and research:
Our faculty and students have the opportunity to benefit from the larger resources
offered by UB as a comprehensive research university. Many
of our students take graduate seminars in other departments—such as English,
Romance Languages and Literatures, or Anthropology—and some include faculty
from other departments on their doctoral committees. At the same time, graduate
students from other departments bring their own perspectives to History Department
seminars. Our students are also drawn to the many events around the University,
ranging from a speaker series at the Law School’s Baldy Center for Law
and Social Policy to a film series put on by the interdisciplinary Graduate
Group for German and Austrian Studies.
UB’s library system
offers a wealth of resources for historical research. In addition
to a print collection of 3 million volumes, the library serves as
an official Government Documents Repository, and has long invested
in substantial microform and now digital collections. Visit the
website to see just how deep those collections are and how many
electronic sources are on the library’s subscription list.
In microform, for example, you will find everything from nineteenth-century
American periodicals to twentieth-century Polish underground press
books. Electronic sources available to students through the library
website range from the 125,000 texts printed before 1700 in Early
English Books Online to nineteenth-century African-American newspapers.
UB’s libraries also have a number of special collections of
interest to historians, including the George Kelley Pulp Fiction
Collection, a goldmine of mid-century American popular culture;
a Poetry Collection with 90,000 volumes, literary magazines, and
poets’ notebooks, letters, and manuscripts; and the Robert
L. Brown History of Medicine Collection with particular strengths
in nineteenth-century American medicine. In Buffalo, the Buffalo
and Erie County Historical Society has archival collections
for local research and the Buffalo and Erie Public Library, reflecting
the industrial wealth of the past century, has especially strong
collections in business and technology. Within a one or two hour
drive are the libraries of the University
of Toronto and the University
A lively—and affordable—place to live:
Buffalo is a small city
with the vibrant cultural life of a much larger urban area. The
city has close to a dozen theater companies, a symphony orchestra,
chamber music series, a jazz and rock scene, the internationally
Art Gallery, local art galleries, art house movie theaters,
and centers for experimental film and video. In Buffalo, you can
hear Yo Yo Ma at the Buffalo Philharmonic
or see an artist’s installation at Hallwalls.
Take a look at the Art Voice,
Buffalo's alternative weekly newspaper, to get a sense of the lively
cultural scene in our city.
What you don’t have in Buffalo are traffic jams and sky-high rents.
Some of our graduate students live in university housing, but many more rent
apartments in the city. Buffalo has some beautiful Victorian and turn-of-the-century
neighborhoods, with affordable rents and nearby commercial districts with restaurants
and coffeehouses. The cost of living is low and the standard of living
And the winters? Lots
of snow, and temperatures about five or ten degrees colder than
in New York City. All in all, not such a big deal. If our warmth
and accessibility doesn't melt the permafrost, perhaps our celebrated
modernist architecture--from Louis Sullivan's
magnificent early skyscraper, The
Guaranty Building, to Richardson's Buffalo
Psychiatric Center, to Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin
Martin House (and four others)-- will do the trick. Or how about
a citywide grid created by no other than Frederick Law Olmsted culminating
in magnificent Delaware Park.
If you're a technology
buff, before Silicon Valley, Buffalo was "The City of Light"
the first electrified city in America and the showplace for the
wonders of the new 20th Century as captured by the amazing Tower
of Light--the centerpiece of the new century's
Exposition in 1901--caught on film by no other than Thomas Alva
From the "City of Lights" to the would-be "City of
Bytes," Buffalo has architecture, technology, artifacts, and
a rich history to commend itself to the most cosmopolitan academic.
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Sunday, February 7, 2010