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PhD student Matthew Costello’s paper, "The Bones of Washington: Relics, Identity, and Sectionalism in Antebellum Virginia," received the "Best Paper by a Ph.D. Student" Award at the 5th Annual Northern Illinois University History Conference in October 2012. Northern Illinois University Press will also publish the essay in the near future as a part of a collection edited by NIU faculty and graduate students.

PhD student Matt Douglas received a Smith Fellowship from the MU graduate school to conduct research in France on his dissertation, “The Huguenot Experience: Gender, Violence and the Courts in Nîmes from 1685 until 1788.”  His dissertation director is Julius Ruff.

PhD student Bethany Harding received a one-week fellowship at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, KY, which will help her complete the final phase of research for her dissertation, which is called “’A Land Young in Story, Now Old in Renown’: The Search for Identity in Postcolonial America, 1789-1828," which is being directed by Kristen Foster. In addition to a stipend for travel and research, the Filson will publish an article based on her research in Ohio Valley History.

MA student (and incoming PhD student) Maggie Nettesheim-Hoffmann was accepted into a graduate student seminar offered by the Lumen Christi Institute. The seminar is being held at the University of California-Berkeley, School of Law from August 5-9, 2013 and is an interdisciplinary program with political scientists, theologians, philosophers, and historians. The title of the seminar is "Catholic Social Thought" and we'll be studying the specific papal encyclicals related to ideas about social justice in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

MA student Andrea Seehusen received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) graduate fellowship through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for Latin-American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).  She will spend the summer studying Beginning Intensive Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean peoples, at Centro Tinku Language School in Cusco, Peru.

The faculty awarded the Walter C. Boden Memorial Award for outstanding history major to Jenna Siebold.

The Jablonowski Award for best student essay went to Caroline Galluzzi for "A Critical Study of Native American Education in the Upper Midwest from 1900-1940."

Three Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowships were awarded for 2013-14: Robert Jumbeck, Taylor McNeir, and Hannah Preston. Robert and Taylor will work as interns with Jim Marten, editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, while Hannah will work with Michael Donoghue.

Kevin Benninger will begin law school at the University of Denver in August.

Hannah Preston delivered "Victims of a Moral Crusade: The Prosecution of Female Juvenile Sexual Delinquency in Eau Claire County, 1920 -1930” at Uncovering Buried Voices: Issues of Conflict and Change Through History, the 5th Annual Undergraduate Symposium at Mississippi State University.

Denis Cahill will be attending John Marshall Law school in Chicago starting in the fall.

Emily Swenson will be attending Graduate School at UW-Madison for Library Sciences (Archives and Records Management Track) starting this September.

Kelly Slain will be attending the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois in the fall to achieve her Masters of Science in Human Resources.

Kayley Edgin won the library’s Dittman Prize in the freshman/sophomore category for her essay, “Social Biography,” written for Michael Wert.

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