The Karyn And Terrance Holm Visiting Scholar Award

Karyn Holm, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, a distinguished nurse scholar who has served in leadership positions at DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago, and her husband Terrance, have generously established this annual award in honor of their parents.  

The award is designed to create opportunities for researchers from across the country and around the world to utilize the Midwest Nursing History Research Center’s collections as well as other Chicago-area nursing and healthcare archives. The selected scholar will receive a travel and lodging stipend of up to $1,500.

Karyn and Terry Holm
Karyn and Terry Holm

This generous award has created excitement because the MNHRC archives hold multiple collections worthy of historical analysis and they should be better used. Additionally, the Chicago area is host to rich nursing and healthcare history collections—such as those at Rush University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and our own Special Collections at UIC—that richly deserve further analysis. This award will enable visiting historians, invariably under-funded, to explore, analyze, and disseminate these holdings.

Thank you for your generous gift, Karyn and Terry Holm!

Application Instructions

Applications for the Karyn and Terrance Holm Visiting Scholar Award are due April 1 each year, and the recipient will be announced each June.

Selection of the scholar will be based on the quality of the investigator's project including: the clarity of the project's purpose, its rationale and significance, and the ability of the researcher to complete the work. Preference will be given to pre-or post-doctoral work.

The application should be no more than six pages, single-spaced. It should begin with the purpose and aims of the research, followed by a section on the background and significance that includes a review of the published work on the topic. It should also include a section on methods in which the collections or archives that will be used to achieve the aims are identified. A time line and an itemized budget and justification should also be included. Funds may be used for travel to archives, hotel expenses, duplication, purchase of photographs, and/or materials needed (e.g.: recording devices).  Applications, a curriculum vita, and two letters of support should be emailed in one mailing to the MNHRC care of Dr. Brigid Lusk, Director, at A three-person committee will review all applications.

It is expected that publications from the research acknowledge funding from UIC’s Karyn and Terrance Holm Visiting Scholar Award. The selected Karyn and Terrance Holm Visiting Scholar will be expected to present a paper from the funded project in the MNHRC Harriet Fulmer Fall Lecture or the Spring Lecture series within two years of receiving the award.