Professor Orville Jaebker Fellowship
The Jaebker Fellowship is an annual competitive award of $1,000, presented to the author of the outstanding senior thesis proposal. The recipient may spend that money both on research and on expenses related to attending conferences. In 2010 the recipient was Rachel Lawrence, who used the money to finance her research trips in Rumania, where she conducted research on Vlad Dracul, the original real-life inspiration of the Dracula story. The fellowship is in memory and honor of Orville Jaebker, a professor who first came to the University of Evansville in 1952. Jaebker was a distinguished scholar and teacher who filled many roles at the University and who served the history department as chair for many years.