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For the Record

January 30, 2008

Call for nominations: Herfurth-Kubly Awards for Initiative and Efficiency

Nominate outstanding senior students for the 2007–08 Theodore Herfurth and Teddy Kubly Awards for Initiative and Efficiency. Two awards of $2,000 are given annually, one each to a senior man and senior woman who made the maximum use of his or her time at UW–Madison, demonstrating productivity in the classroom and the community.

Nominees must be senior students who are enrolled during the spring 2008 semester and plan to graduate in May, August or December of 2008. Selection criteria include: academic and creative achievement and recognition; service and leadership (including performance in creative arts); financial self-support and personal initiative; and written and oral communication skills.

Nominations are due Monday, Feb. 4, and forms are available for download at

Mail, e-mail or fax the nomination form to the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office, 271 Bascom Hall. Call 265-2428 or e-mail and ask Julie Stubbs any questions.

Faculty, staff invited to apply for Wisconsin Idea Seminar 2008

Faculty and staff interested in learning about the state of Wisconsin and the university’s relationship to the state should apply for the Wisconsin Idea Seminar, a five-day tour of the state from May 19–23.

The tour introduces faculty and staff to the Wisconsin Idea, the commitment to use university expertise and resources to address the problems of the state. Nominations are due to deans’ offices Saturday, March 1. The program is for new faculty, recently tenured faculty, new associate deans, new department chairs and lead academic staff with statewide responsibilities.

The tour include visits to the Aldo Leopold Shack, Baraboo; a dairy farm in western Wisconsin, the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, Amery; the UW Health Eau Claire Family Medicine Clinic, Eau Claire; Madeline Island and the city of Bayfield; Lincoln School, a juvenile correctional institution in Irma; Church Mutual Insurance, Merrill; and the Milwaukee Public Schools. William Cronon is the bus lecturer for the week; Cronon is the Vilas and Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies.

Each sponsoring school or college provides $525 per participant to cover room and board. All other costs are covered by a generous grant from the Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of the Capital Times.

For more information and for nomination forms go to or contact Miriam Simmons, assistant dean, Graduate School, 262-9970 or

Call for research circles, seminar series, strategic speakers, development funds

The International Institute, with generous support from the Division of International Studies and Global Studies, announces a competition for new initiatives in International Studies.

  1. Research Circles

    The International Institute Research Circles join together groups of faculty, graduate students and staff to advance research on particular intellectual themes of international relevance. Research Circles will be funded for three years, with starting dates staggered. Up to two proposals will be selected for the first year. The maximum total grant per proposal will be $64,000 with an approximate division of up to $16,000 in the first year, up to $32,000 in the second year and up to $16,000 in the third year.

  2. Seminar Series, Strategic Speakers and Development Funds
    1. International Institute Global Studies Seminars; up to four awards of $5,000 will be made in 2008.

      The institute invites applications for year-long faculty-graduate seminars on global, comparative or trans-area themes. These should be submitted by at least two individuals who are members of the faculty and/or academic staff affiliated with different International Institute member programs. Each seminar will receive $5,000, which can be used for activities supporting the seminar, e.g., to purchase readings and other materials, bring in outside speakers, fund video conferencing, create a Web site or promote events related to the seminar.

    2. Strategic speaker fund; one award of up to $6,000 will be made.

      The institute invites proposals for one featured speaker who would come to campus for an extended visit with opportunities for large- and small-group interactions with International Institute program members. The speaker should provide an opportunity for member programs to develop the intellectual community of the institute, to seek expert guidance on issues that impact our future (certifying global competence, distance learning, languages, etc.), and to provide a forum for exchange and planning on such critical issues.

    3. Support for development activities; $32,000 will be available annually and awards will be made on rolling basis

The institute invites applications from International Institute member programs interested in engaging in the development of initiatives that will benefit a program, multiple programs or the institute program as a whole. The development activities initiative is aimed at strengthening the next round of Title VI applications by member programs as well as helping member programs to develop alternative sources of financial support.

To find out more about the International Institute and these competitions, visit

Center for the Humanities call for proposals

The Center for the Humanities A. Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities are supported annually by a multiyear grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The center is now accepting proposals for five workshops for the 2008–09 academic year.

Now in their eighth year, the workshops are study-discussion groups centered on a broadly conceived theme, and they are designed and led by UW–Madison faculty and academic staff. Workshops are provided with a great deal of freedom to define the nature of their activities. Information on current and recent workshops can be found at Center for the Humanites.

Workshop proposals should be developed by a group of at least four individuals, at least one of whom must be a student (graduate or undergraduate), and no more than two members can be from the same department. Proposals should specify the intended theme of the workshop, describe the target audience and indicate whether outside speakers (if any) will be involved. Preference will be given to groups that are not already organized programs on campus. Workshops funded in the current year may reapply.

Each of the five workshops selected for funding receives a budget of $5,000. These funds can be used to purchase materials, pay honoraria and travel costs for outside speakers, establish a Web site, promote workshop activities and cover other related expenses. Workshops are encouraged to supplement the center’s funding with other sources of support.

Proposals should be in the form of a brief narrative outlining the theme of the project and providing information on the group leadership. Proposals can be no longer than three single-spaced pages, and four copies should be submitted. Some of the general criteria used in selecting workshops for funding include:

The deadline for 2008–09 proposals is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Groups will be notified within four weeks of the deadline. Submit proposals to the Center for the Humanities, 218 Memorial Library, 728 State St., Madison, WI 53706.

For additional information, visit UW–Madison Center for the Humanites, call 263-3412, or e-mail

Global Studies accepting fellowship applications

Global Studies awards Scott Kloeck-Jenson International Internship Grants to doctoral students interested in undertaking practitioner internships on social justice issues; and Scott Kloeck-Jenson International Pre-dissertation Travel Grants to support summer travel for doctoral students exploring potential field research sites. Deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 22. The program is open to students of any nationality who are enrolled in a doctoral program at UW–Madison. Projects related to global studies themes will receive particular attention. Specific requirements for each fellowship, further details and application materials are available at Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowships.