Hugh Jameson (1897-1980) served as professor of history at NIU for thirty-five years. He specialized in early American history with a concentration on military and constitutional history. Beyond his life as a historian Jameson was a skilled gymnast and maintained a lifelong enthusiasm for theater and the circus. Dressed in a starched clown costume, he led the annual Homecoming parade during his tenure at NIU. For almost two decades Jameson was the head of the Social Science Department, which included History. Under his administration the department grew into one of the largest and most significant at the university. Jameson worked to extend the study of history from teacher training to a degree in liberal arts and was involved in initiating graduate studies at NIU. After his retirement he received the Outstanding Service Award of the NIU Alumni Association and an auditorium in Cole Hall was named after him. In honor of Hugh Jameson, the prize recognizes the best research essay submitted by a graduate student in a history research seminar during the previous two semesters.
Monetary Award: $250 and a book prize
Eligibility: Graduate students
Application: Faculty who would like to nominate a student should submit his or her essay to the History Department office. Students can also nominate themselves by submitting the application form, an electronic version to firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to the paper essay to the History Department office.