Three History Graduate Students Win Research Grants

Mar 11, 2010

Three graduate students in the History M.A. program at Western Illinois University have been awarded grants from the Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund, which is funded by the WIU School of Graduate Studies and awarded by the Graduate Council. Aaron Davis of Rock Falls, David Sprung of LaMoille, and Victoria Stewart of Chicago all received funding to help defray expenses related to their research presentations at three different academic conferences this Spring.

Aaron Davis was awarded $360 to fund his presentation, "Welcome to the Jungle: Environmental Impact of the Chicago Stockyards, 1870-1930," which he gave at the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska on March 5, 2010. His conference paper was based on research he conducted under the supervision of Dr. Greg Hall, Associate Professor and Graduate Director.

David Sprung received a grant of $500 to defray expenses related to his presentation on "Legislating American Wildlife: Early Governmental Efforts to Save the American Bison," at the James A. Rawley Conference in the Humanities, held in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 10, 2010. His research was originally completed for a graduate seminar offered by Dr. Tim Roberts, Assistant Professor of History, and is part of the research for his Master's thesis, directed by Dr. Hall.

Victoria Stewart was awarded $112 to fund her presentation on "Representations of the Nanking Massacre in Japanese High School Textbooks" at the Loyola University Chicago Graduate Student Conference, "Where are they now? The State of Social and Cultural History in the 21st Century," on April 24, 2010. Her conference paper was based on research mentored by Dr. Febe Pamonag, Assistant Professor of History.

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