Christian Lengyel, a doctoral student in history, was one of 13 advanced doctoral students awarded the University Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Read further to learn more about his research, future goals and Kent State experience.
- Please give a short overview of your research.
I am a cultural historian who is currently conducting research on the nationalistic significance of the monetary iconography (e.g. the pictures on paper dollars) that was featured on Civil War-era Union and Confederate currencies.
- What made you choose to pursue your graduate degree here at Kent State?
I chose to study at Kent State because of its excellent Civil War history program as well as the opportunity to publish my work under the university’s renowned academic press.
- What do you enjoy most about attending Kent State for graduate school?
I think perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of attending Kent State is the amount of encouragement that I’ve received regarding my research and the completion of this project.
- What are your future goals?
I would ultimately like to become a tenure-track college professor; however, I am leaving my options open to include the possibility of pursuing a position as preparatory high school history instructor. Regardless, I fully intend to incorporate my passion for teaching into my plans.
- What does this award mean to you and how will it aid you?
I am very honored to be a recipient of this award because it indicates that the university undeniably believes in my ability as both a writer and a researcher. This aids me by not only allotting me the time necessary to complete this project thoroughly and methodically, but provides me the confidence required to undertake a career as a regularly publishing academic as well.