Education Director Column
Fall - 2013
This seems to be a topic that gets a lot of lip service and not much action. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve come across suggested research topics in news articles and even within numismatic books. There is either a shortage of researchers in our hobby or a lack of motivation.
Perhaps one of our Central States members will answer the call for research and act accordingly.
One way that Central States promotes numismatic research is with our authors grant program. For the past two years CSNS has awarded grants to writers/researchers in the amount of $20,000 per year. Five grants were given in 2011 and six grants for 2012. This year, at least eight grants will be distributed since the CSNS Board doubled the amount of grant monies from $20,000 per year to $40,000. This demonstrates the educational mission of Central States in a very meaningful way.
Anyone with a desire to conduct research and/or write a book on any numismatic topic may apply for a CSNS grant by responding to the following six-part application.
First: Applicants must explain the purpose/scope of their numismatic research/writing/publishing.
Second: Applicants must supply a timeline for completion of their research/writing/publishing efforts.
Third: Applicants must provide details of their publication plans.
Fourth: Applicants must state the amount of funding they are requesting, not to exceed $5,000.
Fifth: Applicants must acknowledge help received from CSNS in their finished work and include the CSNS logo therein.
Sixth: Applicants shall make their finished writing/publication available to the ANA and ANS for serious scholars.
Applications will be reviewed by the Central States Education Committee and recommended to the CSNS Board for funding.
Successful grant Applicants must join Central States if not already a member. Grant monies will be distributed over a one-year period in equal quarterly amounts. Written quarterly progress reports will be required. Applications for author grants must be submitted between July 1 and Aug. 31 each year with approval granted no later than Sept. 30. Applications are to be emailed to the education director at firstname.lastname@example.org
On another related topic (almost), help is needed to complete a research project. An attempt is being made to compile a list of all Central States member clubs and the year each began. Hopefully, someone in each club will read this request and send their club’s beginning year to the education director at email@example.com
Any and all help is very much appreciated!