The Resident Scholar program, sponsored by Oregon State University Libraries, awards stipends of up to $2,500 per month to visiting researchers whose proposals detail a compelling potential use of the materials held in the Valley Library’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center. Three scholars have been selected for summer 2016. 

Historians, librarians, graduate, doctoral or post-doctoral students as well as independent scholars are welcome to apply, and the resident scholars do a talk about their research topic at the conclusion of their residency. Information about these lectures will be available later after these lectures are scheduled. 

Resident scholars are given full ($2,500) or half ($1,250) scholarships per month that are renewable up to three months (for a total maximum grant award of $7,500). A new round of scholarship applications will be solicited in January 2017. 

Here are the award recipients for 2016 and descriptions of their proposals: 

Annessa Babic, faculty, New York Institute of Technology

“Safety for Our Souls: Food Activism and the Environmental and Women’s Movements, 1960s-1990s”

August 2016 visit

Babic is doing an inquiry into the connections between women's activism in the environmental and feminist movements and changes in American food ways. She seeks to place food activism in the larger context of what was occurring politically and socially across the United States during the 1960s-1990s. Babic has identified several collections to review, including the Food Science and Technology Department Records, the Nutrition and Food Management Department Records, and the Oregon State Dames Club Records, among many others.


Jason Hogstad, Ph.D. student, University of Colorado (recently completed master’s degree at Washington State University; entering Ph.D. program at University of Colorado in the fall)

"War on Rabbits Begins Sunday: Pest Control and the Urban/Rural Divide in Eastern Oregon, 1900-1930"

June/July 2016 visit 

Hogstad is developing an examination of the social impact of different forms of pest control, with specific focus on the transition from communal rabbit drives to state-directed poisoning as a reflection of the shift in how eastern Oregonians responded to environmental crisis and, in the process, illuminated the gulf between urban and rural communities in Oregon. Hogstad’s research will focus primarily on the Agricultural Experiment Station Records and the Extension Service Records.


Michael Kenny, emeritus, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, B.C.)

"Linus Pauling, Eugenics, and the Bomb"

July 2016 visit 

Kenny’s work is a study looking to add further insight into Linus Pauling's views on eugenics through the prism of his research and rhetoric on the long-term genetic dangers of atomic radiation. This research at the Valley Library will build upon a paper that Kenny delivered at a 2013 symposium on scientific recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted - June 29, 2016