Graduate Student and Scholar AWARDS


Established in 2008, the Graduate Student Research Paper Award recognizes outstanding research into Polish-American history and culture by a young scholar in the humanities or social sciences. The winner receives a travel grant to present the paper at the PAHA Annual Meeting and is encouraged to submit the work for consideration by the Polish American Studies (the publication is not guaranteed and the decision is made by the PAS Editor).

2016 - Joanna Kulpinska from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland for her paper "Multigenerational Migration Chains of Families from Babica: An Attempt at Typology."

2014 - Rachel Rothstein (Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Florida, Gainesville), "Defending the Remnants: American Jews Respond to Poland's 1968 Anti-Zionist Campaign"

2013 Two Awards Given

1: Marta Cieślak (Transnational Studies Department, SUNY at Buffalo), "Crossing the Boundaries of Modernity: The Transatlantic Journey of Polish Peasants to the United States"

2: Piotr Derengowski (Department of History, University of Gdansk, Poland), "Capt. Alexander Raszewski's Polish Legion and Other Less Known Polish Troops in the Union Army During the American Civil War"

2008 - Michael T. Urbanski. In 2008, PAHA recognized Michael Urbanski (Central Connecticut State University) for the paper entitled: "Polite Avoidance: The Story of the Closing of Alliance College," which was subsequently published in the Polish American Studies, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Spring, 2009), pp. 25-42. This paper focuses on the history and controversial closing of the Polish National Alliance’s College in Cambridge Springs Pennsylvania.Article Stable URL:


Established in 2016 to replace the Graduate Student Research Paper Award and encourage young scholars to publicly present their research, the first Young Scholar Travel Grant was presented to Alexandra Kurowska-Susdorf from the University of Gdańsk, Poland, for her paper “Creating Identity: Discussion around Kashubian and Polish Identity in Canada and Poland” in recognition of her outstanding research into Polish Kashubian emigre history and culture.