Valerie Corey Named Department Scholar

May 3, 2012

Valerie Corey, a History Honors major graduating Summa cum Laude in May 2012,has been named as the Department of History's Departmental Scholar for Spring 2012.

Ms. Corey, who is completing her honors thesis, "Indians Take AIM: The Founding of the American Indian Movement, 1968," under the direction of Dr. Virginia Jelatis, Associate Professor of History, is also the winner of the Fall 2012 $500 Richard D. and Janet L. Boynton History Honors Thesis Award from the History Department. Ms. Corey has also won a $300 Norman and Carmelita Teeter Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), in recognition of the outstanding nature of her research. Earlier, she received a CAS Undergraduate Research Grant valued at $300, and a Department of History Undergraduate Research Award of $75 to support her archival honors thesis research at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) on the founding of the American Indian Movement.

Ms. Corey's thesis examines the establishment of AIM by urban Indians in Minneapolis in 1968, focusing on the background of the founders, their goals and concerns, the obstacles they faced, and particularly their attempt to stem police brutality by establishing the Indian Car Patrol and providing legal counsel. Her CAS and History Department Research Grants provide support for her research at the University of Illinois.

Ms. Corey has accepted a position an an Intern with the Illinois State Legislature for next year.

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