Support CMRS


Thank you for your interest in supporting Medieval and Renaissance Studies at The Ohio State University. Your gift is deeply appreciated, and can make an important difference to our community of students and scholars pursuing research on this fascinating period in history.

If you wish to contribute to the Nicholas G. Howe Memorial Fund (#643306) for graduate student travel and research, the John N. King Lectureship and Research Fund (#483671), the Barbara A. Hanawalt Public Lecture Fund (#642903), or the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center Fund (#307850) you may:

  1. donate online: see links below
  2. send a check payable to the Ohio State University and designated to the fund of your choice to either:

    Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    The Ohio State University
    455 Hagerty Hall
    1775 College Rd
    Columbus OH 43210


    Katherine Goliver, Senior Director of Development
    College of Arts and Sciences
    The Ohio State University
    425 Stillman Hall
    1947 College Rd
    Columbus OH 43210

Descriptions of the funds are provided below. Please contact the center director or Ms. Goliver if you would like more information, or are interested in other types of giving.

Nicholas G. Howe Memorial Fund (#643306)

for graduate student research

The Nicholas G. Howe Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory of the distinguished medievalist. As a respected scholar of the literature and culture of medieval England and former Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1995–2002), he demonstrated leadership, devotion, and excitement in all his teaching and scholarly endeavors. Established in 2006, the fund is dedicated to supporting travel costs for graduate students pursuing studies in medieval and early modern topics at OSU. Happily, the fund surpassed $50,000 level required to establish the endowment in 2010, an entire year ahead of our five-year fundraising goal. Annual distribution from the fund began during the 2010-2011 academic year. Former recipients.

Application Process. First preference will be given to students traveling to appropriate research repositories. Second preference will be given to students traveling to conferences/seminars. The Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, in consultation with a committee of faculty affiliates of the Center, is responsible for adjudicating all applications for funding. Awards will be distributed with the aim to support as many qualifying students as possible, in diverse departments and disciplines. More information, along with the application form, is available online.

Contributions to the fund are still warmly welcomed.


Dr. John N. King Lectureship and Research Fund (#483671) 

Established August 19, 2021, with gifts from Pauline G. King, this fund is used to support an annual lecture in Professor King’s memory, as a friend and former affiliate of the Center, on the topic of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Any remaining funds from the annual distribution may be used to support the Center’s current membership with The Folger Shakespeare Library, which has provided numerous student and faculty affiliates with learning experiences and research opportunities through seminars and other programs since being initiated in 2006.”

Barbara A. Hanawalt Public Lecture Fund (#642903)

Established January 29, 2016, with gifts from former CMRS director Dr. Barbara Hanawalt, this fund is dedicated to providing a supplemental funding source for inviting well-known public figures to lecture on a medieval or Renaissance topic to an audience extending beyond the university community. Recent Public Lecturers have included magician and OSU alum Joshua Jay, and CMRS alum Chris Woodyard, author of the Haunted Ohio book series.

Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Fund (#307850)

The CMRS fund supports operations, events, and ongoing activities at CMRS.