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3 History MA Students Win Graduate Research Awards

Mar 27, 2012

WIU History graduate students received three of the fifteen grants made this Spring from the WIU School of Graduate Studies' Graduate Student Research and Professional Development (GSRPD) Award Program.

Kaitlin Benson was awarded a GSRPD Research Grant of $280 to help defray the cost of expenses she incurred while conducting thesis research at the University of Illinois's History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library in Urbana-Champaign. Her M.A. thesis, which she is completing under the direction of Dr. Virginia Jelatis, WIU Associate Professor of History, is entitled "Before the Compromise: Slavery in Missouri, 1803-1821." Ms. Benson presented a portion of her research, "Fifty Miles to Slave Country: Slavery in Missouri and Why it Matters," at the Western Illinois Museum in February.

Nikita Ernst's $500 GSRPD Professional Development Grant, supplemented by a $250 CAS Graduate Research Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, will help with the expenses involved when she presents her paper, "Remember Pearl Harbor? Native Hawaiian Collective Memory of an 'American' Day of Infamy," in mid-April 2012 at Central Michigan University's Annual Graduate Student Historical Studies Conference, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Ms. Ernst's conference paper is based on a research paper she wrote for a Fall 2011 graduate research seminar offered by Dr. Febe Pamonag, WIU Assistant Professor of History.

Brendan Monahan was awarded a GSRPD Professional Development Grant of $500, to be supplemented by a $250 CAS Graduate Research Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, to help defray his expenses from presenting his conference paper, "John Hawkins: A Life in Context," at the Missouri Valley History Conference, a professional historical conference held in Omaha Nebraska in early March 2012. His conference paper is based on research completed under the direction of WIU Associate Professor of History Dr. Jennifer McNabb.

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