Opportunities for Students

David G. Pollart Center for Arts and Humanities seeks to support any student—undergraduate or graduate—who seeks to pursue introductory or advanced experiences in the arts and humanities and how those disciplines engage and work with the public. In the near future, look for opportunities to meet and network with faculty and to learn how to do work with not only academic but also public meaning.

Publicly Engaged Fellows (PEF) Program

For graduate students, the David G. Pollart Center for Arts and Humanities sponsors with the WSU Graduate School’s Publicly Engaged Fellows (PEF) program. Created with the assistant of a National Endowment for the Humanities NextGen grant, the PEF helps students (and faculty) re-imagine doctoral education at a land-grant research university. In particular, it trains students in the mindset and skills necessary to work equitably with community partners, and then offers those students opportunities to develop an independent, funded summer project of engaged scholarship. Meet our previous PEF fellows.

Learn more about the NextGen grant and PEF program

Arts and Humanities Scholarships

The David G. Pollart Center for Arts and Humanities offers several arts and humanities scholarships through the College of Arts and Sciences each year. The scholarships support full-time undergraduate and graduate students in the arts and humanities disciplines whose interests and activities (such as coursework or extracurricular volunteering) demonstrate a clear commitment to the arts and humanities. There is a preference for applicants with an interdisciplinary focus that spans one or more areas of the arts and humanities. Students should complete the WSU General Scholarship Application to be considered. For more information, please visit CAS Scholarships.

CAH Graduate Workshop

Dr. Lawrence Hatter, one of the CAH Faculty Fellows and Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies from the Department of History, has organized David G. Pollart Center for Arts and Humanities Graduate Workshop Series for Fall 2022-Spring 2023 academic year. Dr. Hatter says that “the workshops will allow graduate students to present their research and creative activities as part of an ongoing interdisciplinary conversation with faculty and graduate students.”

The inaugural workshop took place on Wednesday, October 19 at 5 pm in Wilson-Short 333. Samantha Edgerton, who is a PhD Candidate in History, offered up her dissertation chapter “The Creation of the Problematic Mexican Family” for discussion. The second workshop took place on Tuesday, November 15 at 5 pm in Kimbrough Hall 101. The students from School of Music presented their research performance at that workshop. Brian Rosenwald, co-founder and senior editor of The Washington Post’s “Made by History” conducted the third workshop on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.  In that workshop, Rosenwald covered everything from the benefits of writing for general audiences to how to write various types of op-eds, how to pitch ideas to editors, and how to publicize your work both within and outside of the academy.

CAH Seminar Series for First-Gen Graduate Students

CAH Graduate Research Assistant Nazua Idris organized a seminar series in Spring 2023 to support first-generation graduate students in the Arts and Humanities at WSU. The objective of this series is to provide first-gen grad students with a space where they can share the challenges that they are facing in graduate school. In addition, these meetings are meant to help the first-gen students from various Arts and Humanities departments at WSU build a community across disciplines.

Each of the seminars was facilitated by a panel of 3-4 speakers including both graduate students and faculty members from various arts and humanities departments. The grad student facilitators are first-generation graduate students who are currently at an advanced level in their graduate careers. The faculty facilitators were also first-generation graduate students.  The facilitators shared resources and their experiences of navigating graduate school and answered the questions that the participating first-generation graduate students had.