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Abby Lagemann, Dykstra Scholar for 2009-2011

Jun 13, 2011

Abby Lagemann, who recently completed her History M.A. degree in early modern British history, served as the History Department's Darrell and Virginia Dykstra History Graduate Scholar for 2009-10 and 2010-11. Ms. Lagemann, originally from Pittsfield, Illinois, has accepted a Teaching Assistantship and a History Fellowship from the University of Colorado's Ph.D. Program in History and will begin that program in Fall 2011.

Ms. Lagemann, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from WIU's History Department with her B.A. in History-Teacher Certification in May 2009, was also chosen as one of the History Department's five Graduate Assistants for 2010-2011. Most recently, she presented a paper based on her Master's thesis research entitled, "A Decade of Disorder? Crime and Punishment in the Cheshire Quarter Sessions During the 1590s" at the Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, hosted by Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, in August 2010. Ms. Lagemann, whose research was mentored by Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Associate Professor of History, was awarded grants from the WIU School of Graduate Studies' Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund and from the WIU College of Arts and Sciences, to help defray her conference-related travel expenses. She originally conducted portions of the research upon which the paper was based with the assistance of a Graduate Research Grant from the WIU History Department's Professor Emeritus Fund. Ms Lagemann has also presented graduate research papers at the Mid-America Conference on History, supported by a History Professor Emeritus Award, and the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.

Prior to serving as the Department's Dykstra Scholar, Ms. Lagemann held one of the Department's Emily Leonard Scholarships as an undergraduate, as well as one of the Department's Cliff and Susan Haka History Student Opportunity Awards, and the Centennial Honors College's Senior Honors Scholarship. She also won a College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) SCAI (Summer Undergraduate Research) Award (the only one in the History Department) and two of CAS's presitigious Norman and Carmelita Teeter Research Awards (given to the most outstanding undergraduate researchers in the College).

In addition to her outstanding academic record, Ms. Lagemann served as President of the Department's Associated Students of History (ASH), which was selected by the College of Arts and Sciences as the Outstanding Student Organization for 2008-09, the year Ms. Lagemann led the organization. Her contributions to the History Department also included regular efforts to recruit additional students to Western; she has participated in each Discover Western new student recruitment program for the past three years. In recognition of her many contributions to the Department as a scholar and as a departmental citizen, Ms. Lagemann was awarded the inaugural Department Citizen-Scholar Award by Dr. Virginia Boynton, History Department Chair, in Spring 2009.

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