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History Majors Give Undergraduate Research Presentations

Apr 20, 2011

Six History majors, mentored by five History faculty members, made presentations on their historical research at WIU's Annual Undergraduate Research Day (URD) on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

Blake Becke, a senior History Teacher Education major from Freeport, gave a URD podium presentation entitled "Pioneering Integration in College Football: Western Illinois University Sets Example for Racial Tolerance." Mr. Becke's research was completed with the assistance of a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant and a History Department Undergraduate Research Award, under the mentorship of Dr. Barclay Key, Assistant Professor of History. Mr. Becke was awarded a 2010-2011 Norman and Carmelita Teeter Undergraduate Research Award for this research project, mentored by Dr. Key. The Teeter Award is a $300 scholarship given to a student in recognition of outstanding undergraduate research conducted during the past year.

Thomas Caudill, a graduating senior from Lake Zurich who is double-majoring in History and Psychology, gave a poster presentation on "Churchill and Roosevelt in the War in Africa." Mr. Caudill, who will graduate magna cum laude in May, was mentored by Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Associate Professor of History.

Valerie Corey, a junior History major from Stronghurst, gave a poster presentation providing "A Critique of Robert Marshall Utley's Description of the United States Military Campaign against Geronimo." Ms. Corey's research was mentored by Dr. Walter Kretchik, Associate Professor of History.

Kara McCormick, a senior History Teacher Education major from Lombard, presented a poster on "Faces of Fear: Portraits of Twentieth-Century European Totalitarian Leaders." Ms. McCormick's research was mentored by Dr. Ute Chamberlin, Assistant Professor of History.

Justin Paonessa, a graduating senior History major from Elk Grove Village, gave a poster presentation on "Jack the Ripper: In the Press and Detective Journals." Mr. Paonessa, who has been admitted to WIU's History M.A. program for Fall 2011, completed his research under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. McNabb.

Caleb Taylor, a senior History Teacher Education major from Farmington, presented a poster on "A Not So Happy New Year: The Effects of the Tet Offensive on the United States' Military Strategy," based on research mentored by Dr. Richard Filipink, Associate Professor of History.

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