Four students worked as Mellon Research Fellowships during the 2011-12 academic year: Victoria Truex worked with Julius Ruff on the First World War sources for an upcoming graduate seminar and completed a graduate school writing sample entitled "The Sixty-Third Royal Naval Division: A Unique Experiment." Christopher Campbell worked with Laura Matthew on the development of the military in 1970s and 1980s El Salvador, and on finding secondary readings for a future course on the Military in Latin America. He used his funding to travel to El Salvador and initiate oral interviews on the subject. Caitlin Cushing worked with Lezlie Knox on a research project entitled “Power and Gender in Angevin England: the Female Wards of William Marshal,” which included conducting research on a significant medieval manuscript (a vernacular biography of William Marshal) held by the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. Rakesh Mittal worked on several projects with Phil Naylor, but his major focus was Byzantium. His knowledge of Latin and Greek allowed him to dig into primary documents, including the vast Patrologiae Graecae.
The undergraduates enrolled in HIST 4101/5101, "Applied History," produced a documentary film on the Jesuit missionary schools on the Lakota reservations in South Dakota as well as a four-panel exhibit on "The Last Warrior."
--Anna Alioto earned a scholarship from the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and won the department’s Jablonowski Award for best research paper by an undergraduate. Her paper was “Anna Komnene: A Woman of Power without a Crown.”
--Christopher Campbell will be Community Coordinator of Santa Clara University's Casa de la Solidaridad project in El Salvador in 2012-13.
--Brian Chelius was awarded the Boden Award as Outstanding History Major for 2011-12.
--Caitlin Cushing presented elements of her Mellon Research Fellow work at the international Phi Alpha Theta annual meeting in January 2012. She will attend York University in England for graduate study in medieval history.
--Adam Emmart received a scholarship through the Spanish Honors Society to study Spanish near Madrid this summer. After spending a year with Teach for America, he will attend law school at the University of Wisconsin.
--Rakesh Mittal will attend law school at the University of Chicago in fall 2013, after traveling in India with his father.
--Katie Steffan earned a fellowship to pursue an MA in museum studies at UWM.
--Kelly Strain spent the spring semester at MU’s Les Aspin Center in Washington, where she interned in the office of Rep. Steve Austria (from Ohio’s 7th district).
--Elizabeth Sullivan has been accepted to flight school in Chicago.