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Two History Grad Students Awarded Professor Emeritus Research Grants

Mar 26, 2010

Two History graduate students have been awarded History Professor Emeritus Research Grants in the Spring 2010 competition, Dr. Greg Hall, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in History, has announced. Abby Lagemann of Pittsfield and Eric Willey of Bardolph, both M.A. candidates in the History Department, were selected for the graduate research awards, given semi-annually by the WIU History Department to support graduate students' research and conference presentations.

Abby Lagemann has received a $500 Professor Emeritus Award to provide partial funding for the archival Master's thesis research she will conduct in Summer 2010, examining the 1590s Quarter Sessions records of the English county of Cheshire, including petitions to the justices of the peace as well as legal documents recorded by court clerks. Ms. Lagemann's thesis focuses on crime, punishment, and law in early modern England. Ms. Lagemann's thesis advisor is Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Associate Professor of History.

Eric Willey has been awarded a $350 Professor Emeritus Award to help defray expenses associated with his conference presentation at the Midwest Archives Conference, held in Chicago in April 2010. Mr. Willey's presentation on patron outreach at this professional conference will deal with undergraduate students' use of the Rock Island County Court Immigration and Naturalization Records (1872-1906) in WIU's Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD), where he has served as a Graduate Assistant for two years. Mr. Willey's faculty mentor for this project was Dr. Peter Cole, Associate Professor of History, with additional supervision and direction from Assistant WIU Archivist Heather Richmond.

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