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9 Grad Students Awarded History Professor Emeritus Fund Awards in 2008-09

Mar 30, 2009

Nine History graduate students have been awarded research grants worth $3,075 from the Department of History Professor Emeritus Fund for 2008-2009, Dr. Virginia Jelatis, Graduate Director and Associate Professor in the Department of History, has announced. The graduate students receiving the Professor Emeritus Awards are Ryan Buller, Adam Carey, Rob Deveraux, Ryan Lewis, Daniel Marten, Darren Miles (2 awards), Austin Schwartz, David Sprung, and Eric Willey.

Darren Miles was awarded a $500 Professor Emeritus Fund Award for Fall 2008 to help fund part of his Master's thesis resarch on the real estate industry's support for the creation and maintenance of segregated housing in Chicago during the 1960s. Mr. Miles, whose thesis director is Dr. Barclay Key, Assistant Professor of History, will use his Professor Emeritus Award to help with the costs of travel to the Chicago Historical Society, to examine the papers of Senator Paul Douglas, and the Dirksen Congressional Center in Pekin, where he will examine the papers of Senator Everett Dirksen.

Mr. Miles won a second $300 Professor Emeritus Fund Award in Spring 2009 to defray expenses involved when he presented "Territory and Turf: The Civil Rights Campaign in Chicago and its Failure to Eliminate Segregated Housing" at the University of Alabama Graduate Student History Conference on Power and Struggle, in Tuscaloosa. His conference paper was based on research he originally did for a course on Illinois History taught by WIU Associate Professor of History Dr. Greg Hall. Mr. Miles has since incorporated this research into a chapter of the Master's thesis he is writing under the direction of Dr. Barclay Key.

Austin Schwartz received a $500 Professor Emeritus Award to support his research presentation at the Third Regional International Security and Internal Safety Conference, held at the University of Southern Mississippi, on 21 February 2009. Mr. Schwartz, the Department's Dykstra Scholar, presented his research on "ROTC after World War I: Shaping Society Through Military Education," as part of a panel of papers on "Militarization and Characterization of Armed Forces, Past and Present." This research is a portion of Mr. Schwartz's Master's thesis, which is being directed by Dr. Walter Kretchik, Associate Professor of History.

Adam Carey was awarded a $500 Professor Emeritus Fund Award to defray some of the costs he incurred when presenting his research paper, "Developed: The Problems and Possibilities of Using Photographs in Historical Research," at the 52nd Annual Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska in March 2009. Mr. Carey, who worked with Assistant Professor and University Archivist Jeffrey Hancks on a co-authored pictorial history of Western Illinois University, to be published by Arcadia Press in May 2009, presented a paper at the regional academic conference focusing on the research methodology used in creating that book.

Robert Deveraux received a $500 Professor Emeritus Award to support his research presentation at the 2009 Missouri Valley History Conference. His paper, "The First American Fleet: the Sailing Warships of the Quasi-War, 1798-1801," won this year's Kevin Carroll Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper in Military History presented at the Missouri Valley History Conference. The paper was based on research he originally did for WIU Assistant Professor of History Dr. Timothy Roberts's course on the History of the Early Republic, and was part of a conference panel that was sponsored by the Society for Military History. Mr. Deveraux's prize-winning paper is also related to the thesis he is completing under the direction of WIU Associate Professor of History Dr. Walter Kretchik.

Ryan Buller, Ryan Lewis, and Daniel Marten shared a $500 Professor Emeritus Fund Award for the papers they presented at the Missouri Valley History Conference. All three conference papers were based on papers they originally wrote for Dr. Richard Filipink's graduate research seminar. Dr. Filipink, WIU Assistant Professor of History, chaired their paper panel, entitled "The Presidential Recordings: Problems and Opportunities in Kennedy/Johnson Historiography." Ryan Buller presented a paper on "Johnson and SNCC: Analyzing the Presidential Tapes as a Primary Source," Ryan Lewis presented his paper "Eyeball to Eyeball": Dean Rusk and the Cuban Missile Crisis," and Daniel Marten presented his paper "Pressured to Act: An Examination of the Dominican Invasion of 1965." These presentations were also supported in part by a Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund Award from the WIU School of Graduate Studies.

David Sprung, received a $120 Professor Emeritus Fund Award to assist with the expenses he incurred presenting "America's Giant: The Historical and Economic Story of the American Bison" at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in March 2009. Mr. Sprung's conference paper was based on a paper he originally wrote for Dr. Greg Hall's Environmental History course.

Eric Willey received a $155 Professor Emeritus Fund Award to assist with expenses incurred while presenting his paper, "A Time to Build: An Examination of the Controversy of the Polish Land Claim in Winnebago County, Illinois from 1834-1842," at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference. Mr. Willey's conference paper was based on research he originally completed for Dr. Timothy Roberts's course on the History of the Early Republic.

WIU History graduate students interested in applying for a Professor Emeritus Award from the WIU History Department should contact Dr. Ginny Jelatis, Graduate Director, for more information.

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