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Supporting the Department

The History Department depends on gifts from our alumni and friends to help us provide the kind of history education Oregon’s students need to face the world of the twenty-first century. If you would like to help, one good way to support us is to make a donation to the History Department’s general fund. To make a contribution online, you can click on this link to go directly to the University of Oregon Foundation’s secure website:

University of Oregon Foundation Secure Online Giving

Or if you would prefer, you can send a check, made payable to the University of Oregon Foundation, to:

Vera Keller
Department Head
Department of History
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1288

You will receive a letter from the department head confirming your gift.

What do we do with your gifts?

Your support helps us to do a wide variety of things both large and small. Here are some examples of what we have been doing with past and current donations:

  • The Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair in U.S. Western History
  • Endeavour Faculty Fellowships to support faculty research
  • Brush Fellowships to support faculty research
  • Catherine Cornwall Faculty Support Fund, to provide support for faculty who specialize in Pacific Northwest history
  • The Kawasaki Family Endowed Fund in Japanese History, to support the advancement of Japanese historical studies at the University of Oregon
  • The Stan and Joan Pierson Lecture fund, for an annual public lecture in honor of Stan and Joan Pierson
  • Robert Lyon Memorial Endowment to support teaching and research
  • Leah Kirker Memorial Fund to recognize one outstanding Graduate Teaching Fellow each year
  • Thomas P. Govan Fund to support research by untenured faculty and advanced doctoral candidates
  • Paul Dull Scholarship to support outstanding junior history majors
  • Thomas T. Turner Prize to support either an undergraduate or a graduate student on the basis of financial need and demonstrated academic success
  • Edwin Bingham Scholarship awarded to an out-of-state sophomore or junior history major for academic excellence
  • John A. Schwab Memorial Scholarship for an outstanding undergraduate who intends to teach history at the secondary or college level
  • Robert E. Lang Memorial Scholarship for an outstanding undergraduate who demonstrates the scholarly and ethical values exemplified by Bob Lang
  • Peggy Pascoe Graduate Student Fund in History to support graduate student research
  • Faculty Recognition Award, a commencement award to recognize exceptional work as an undergraduate, funded by faculty contributions
  • Richard Brown History fund, to assist graduate students with research or travel expenses
  • Breen History fund to make improvements to 373 McKenzie Hall

If you would like your gift to support a specific goal, please send a note to Vera Keller, our Department Head: She will make sure that your donation is used as you wish.