Theresa Mack Germans from Russia History Doctoral Assistantship

November 21, 2003

Applications are now welcome for the Theresa Mack Germans from Russia History Assistantship with North Dakota State University Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) and North Dakota State University's History Department. Applicants must have completed at least 15 semester credit hours at the graduate level in history before beginning the assistantship.

Theresa Mack Wald, Grand Forks, ND writes: "My gift for the assistantship is to preserve the heritage and culture about the positive aspects of the Germans from Russia. I want to provide a living legacy for the scholarly study of my heritage which I am very proud of. My parents, John G. Mack born in 1888 and Katherina Deringer born in 1890, lived in the Catholic Black Sea German villages of Elsass and Neu Schloessel, Kutschurgan District, South Russia (today near Odessa, Ukraine). My father was 14 and my mother was 24 when she came to America."

For 2004-2005 this assistantship includes a total stipend of $16,000 for twelve months and a complete tuition waiver. This is presently worth $1200 to $4565 per semester depending on the number of classes taken and the student's legal residence. Additional funding may be available for travel and field research for oral history interviews or other related projects. The position will begin in either the summer or fall of 2004, depending upon the recipient's availability. The assistantship is for one year, with the possibility of renewal.

The recipient of the Theresa Mack Germans from Russia History Assistantship must be enrolled in NDSU's graduate program in history. The recipient will work with GRHC for 20 hours/week for twelve months on appropriate professional projects designated by the GRHC Bibliographer. These projects may include oral history, publications, editing, presentations, teaching, and outreach. The GRHC Research Committee will award this assistantship based on a student's academic promise and research interest in the history and culture of Germans from Russia.

Applicants should send a letter of interest directly to Larry R. Peterson, Chair of the NDSU History Department. In addition, applicants who are not presently enrolled in the NDSU History Graduate program must have complete applications on file, including three letters of recommendation, with the NDSU Graduate School in order to be considered. Evaluation of applications will begin on March 15, 2004.

CORRESPONDENCE: Larry R. Peterson, Chair, Department of History, Minard Hall 412J, Box 5075, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota 58105-5075, Phone 701-231-8824, Fax 701-231-1047, email

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