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Faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and staff all contribute to the on-going success of the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. The faculty in American Studies are recognized for achievements in teaching and scholarship. Recent fellowships garnered by the faculty include Ford Foundation Fellowships; the Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy; and the Fesler-Lampert Chair in the Humanities. The faculty have also been recognized with awards for outstanding publications. This includes honors such as the North American Indian Prose Award; MLA’s Crompton-Noll Award; and the National Jewish book Award. Three faculty members have been given the University’s highest teaching award—the Morse Alumni award and two have received the President’s Outstanding Community Service Award. Recently a faculty member received the Regents Professorship which is the highest recognition for faculty who have made unique contributions to the quality of the University of Minnesota through exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research and scholarship or creative work, and contributions to the public good.
Graduate students have been equally recognized for scholarship and teaching. Recent external fellowships awarded include the Ford Foundation pre-doctoral 3-year fellowships, and dissertation fellowships; 4-year Jacob Javitz Fellowships; Smithsonian Fellowships; Mellon fellows, and the American Association of University Women Fellowship. Two students received the Gabriel Prize for Best Dissertation in American studies, and one student recently received the University of Minnesota’s award for Best Dissertation in the Humanities.