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Travel Grants Established Honoring Paul Nyhus

Story posted March 10, 2005

A new fund to provide travel grants for students studying history is being established at Bowdoin in honor of Paul L. Nyhus, the Frank Andrew Munsey Professor of History Emeritus and former dean of the College.

The Paul L. Nyhus Travel Grants -- being established by former honors and independent study advisees of Nyhus -- will support expenses for travel, either domestically or abroad, related to original student research that uses archival or other primary source material for an independent study or honors project. By covering such expenses, the grants honor Nyhus's dedication to students' educational endeavors, his efforts to promote students' intellectual development through the critical study of primary documents, and his commitment to students of lesser means. The grants will also honor Nyhus's encyclopedic knowledge of early modern European history, as well as his concern for students' well being past graduation.

"These competitive grants will enrich future independent study or honors projects immeasurably," said Allen Wells, Roger Howell Jr. Professor of History and history department chair. "They will enable history majors, intent on pursuing independent work with a faculty advisor, to travel to collections and locate primary source materials for their research. I know that Paul will be especially pleased about these grants because he always stressed the importance of incorporating foreign language materials (where appropriate) into student research."

Paul Nyhus joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1966. A specialist in late medieval and early modern history, he chaired the history department for many years and was named Frank Andrew Munsey Professor of History in 1990. He became known as Dean Nyhus to a generation of alumni, having served as both dean of students and dean of the College. His tenure as dean of students came during a time of heightened political activism and social change, when the campus dealt with issues of student and faculty diversity, co-education, and student protests.

Nyhus retired in 2004, following a 38-year tenure as a beloved teacher of history, respected scholar and inspirational leader. The Bowdoin Board of Trustees named him Frank Andrew Munsey Professor of History Emeritus last spring.

Questions and correspondence regarding contributions to the Paul L. Nyhus Fund may be addressed to: Scott A. Meiklejohn, President's Office, Bowdoin College, 5700 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011, 207-725-3460,

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