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Dr. Cathryn Halverson from Minot State University Announced as 2021-2022 Sandoz Scholar

The Mari Sandoz Research Award committee including Dr. Holly Boomer, Dr. Renee Laegreid, and Dr. Jillian Wenburg, are pleased to announce Dr. Cathryn Halverson, as the 2021-2022 Sandoz Scholar. Halverson’s stated research questions involves a close reading of Mari Sandoz’s The Battle of Little Bighorn. Her work will “compar[e] its portrayal of Armstrong Custer to that offered by his widow Elizabeth Bacon Custer in her hugely popular memoir Boots and Saddles.” Halverson’s work will be published in the forthcoming Mari Sandoz and The Battle of the Little Bighorn (forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press). She will present her research at the 2021 Sandoz Symposium.

Halverson currently serves as an Associate Professor of World Cultures and Languages at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. Most recently, she was awarded a Fulbright Foundation Distinguished Chair of American Studies at Uppsala University where she will serve from September 2021-May 2022.

The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society encourages research on Mari Sandoz and her work by offering an annual research award of $1,000 for proposals that emphasize new insights on Sandoz or new approaches to her life and work. The award recipient presents this research at the Mari Sandoz Symposium. Applicants interested in applying for next year’s research award are welcome to access for more information. Applications for the 2021-2022 cycle are due July 31, 2022. Additional financial assistance is available for award winners through the Voorhees Endowment, which provides stipends in the form of Voorhees Grants for researchers using the archival resources of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center. For any questions regarding the award, please contact Committee Chair, Dr. Jillian Wenburg, at Congratulations to Dr. Halverson, and thank you to all applicants for this year’s consideration.