Students at the WHA

Students are an essential part of the Western History Association. The association makes a point to value the input of students and the WHA conference has always been known as a "friendly" and inclusive platform to present your research. Senior scholars and professionals in the western history field make efforts to connect with students through panels, mentoring, and receptions, and these networks encourage graduate students to make the WHA their "home" as a professional organization. 

Graduate Student Conference Staff

The Western History Association is seeking volunteers to work as Graduate Staff Members for its 61st Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. Graduate Staff Members should be motivated, hard working graduate students. Current students or recent graduates who finished their degrees in 2021 are eligible to apply. Read more on our Graduate Student Staff webpage here, and learn more about the benefits below!

Graduate Conference Staff Member Benefits

Graduate Conference Staff Members will have the invaluable opportunity of networking with many experienced scholars in the field of western history. They will begin to form their own generational network of connections with their peer graduate student colleagues. Working as a Graduate Staff Member gives you access to dozens of conference sessions as well. Graduate Staff Members are a vital part of the conference's functionality and through this work experience they will improve on management and leadership skills.

Benefits are measured on a scale. The more hours you work, the more benefits you will receive. 

4 hours = Free Registration
6 hours = Free Registration and Graduate Student Reception
8 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception
10 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 1 meal
12 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 3 meals
20 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 5 meals, Awards Reception, Shared Hotel Room
35 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 5 meals, Awards Reception, Shared Hotel Room, 1 year student membership. 

Graduate Student Research Workshop

Attention all graduate students! Don't forget about the annual Grad Student Workshop sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University! The workshop, taking place on Thursday, October 28 at 1:30 PM (CDT), is designed to help graduate students in their thesis and dissertation research. All you need to do is apply in advance!

Workshop Application Guide:

Graduate students wishing to apply for the workshop should prepare the following in a single pdf document:

1. Cover Sheet:

-Student’s name

-Institutional affiliation

-Contact information (email and surface mail addresses)

2. Description of stage the student has reached in their program

3. Enumerate the student’s research experience to date

4. Provide an overview of the student’s dissertation. (The overview should summarize the topic, including chronological and geographic parameters, collections of original sources already consulted and all research institutions that the student has visited or will visit while

pursuing the dissertation.)

Send the final, compiled pdf document as an attachment email to with “2021 Grad Student Workshop” in the subject line. Include your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information in the email message. Applications for the workshop are due Monday, September 20, 2021 to

Send Questions about the applications or workshop to Peter J. Blodgett at

Read the full announcement here!

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas.

The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860