The Public Lands History Center (PLHC) has been chosen as one of CSU’s new Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence for the next four years, beginning in 2016. This designation, conferred by the Vice President for Research, gives the PLHC a four-year graduate fellowship and the opportunity to apply for substantial amounts of internal CSU funding. It is extremely rare for programs or centers in the College of Liberal Arts to receive the PRSE designation.
The PLHC is a partnership of university-based historians who use history to shed light on contemporary problems. It sponsors a number of programs, including the America West Program, National Parks Beyond the Nation, the Western Water Symposium, and the Parks as Portals to Learning program. The PLHC also offers graduate students a number of opportunities to get involved in collaborative history projects with public lands agencies and to be employed as researchers. For more information, see the PLHC’s website.