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History Undergraduates Make 6 Funded Conference Presentations in Spring 2009

Mar 20, 2009

This Spring semester, WIU undergraduate History majors will give six conference papers based on their own historical research, announced Dr. Lee Brice, Associate Professor of History and WIU's Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor. Four WIU undergraduates will join the six WIU graduate students giving conference papers at the Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) Regional Conference in Wheaton, Illinois, this Spring, while two WIU undergraduate History students will make research presentations at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference held at Purdue University-Calumet later this semester.

The four WIU History undergraduates who will present conference papers at the 2009 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference this Spring are Adam Bednar, Amy Kallenbach, Abby Lagemann, and Brandon Scheppers. Mr. Bednar, Co-Editor of Phi Alpha Theta's on-line journal of WIU students' historical scholarship, the Western Illinois Historical Review, will present "A Lack of Substance: The Federal Government's Response to Nuclear War (1957-1968)," a paper mentored by Dr. Peter Cole, Associate Professor of History. Mr. Bednar's research presentation is supported by a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Grant and a Department of History Undergraduate Research Award. Ms. Kallenbach, President of WIU's Phi Alpha Theta chapter, will present a paper entitled "Western Illinois University: The Challenges of World War II," which was mentored by Dr. Ginny Boynton, Professor of History. Ms. Kallenbach's research presentation is supported by a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Grant and a Department of History Undergraduate Research Award. Ms. Lagemann, President of WIU's Associated Students of History (ASH), will present her paper, "'To the Annoyance of the Commonwealth': Vagrancy in Early Modern England, 1558-1635," which was mentored by Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Assistant Professor of History. Ms. Lagemann's research presentation is supported by a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Grant and a Department of History Undergraduate Research Award. Mr. Scheppers will present a paper on "Indian Fighting and Its Role in Andrew Jackson's and William Henry Harrison's Presidential Election," mentored by Dr. Timothy Roberts, Assistant Professor of History. Mr. Scheppers's research presentation is supported by a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Grant and a Department of History Undergraduate Research Award. Dr. Brice and Dr. Ute Chamberlin, Assistant Professor of History, will accompany the four undergraduate and five graduate students representing the WIU History Department at the Conference. (See related article in blue box to the upper right.)

The two WIU undergraduate History students whose conference papers were accepted for presentation at the 2009 Purdue University Undergraduate Research Conference in April are Abby Lagemann and Dan Mieszala. Ms. Lagemann's paper is entitled "'Between Her Highness and You': Justices of the Peace in Early Modern England." Ms. Lagemann's research presentation is supported by a Norman & Carmelita Teeter Research Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences and a Department of History Research Award. Mr. Mieszala, Vice President of ASH, will present "Policies toward English Catholics in Early Elizabethan England: 1558-1587." Mr. Mieszala's research presentation is supported by a Norman & Carmelita Teeter Research Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences and a Department of History Research Award. Both students worked with Dr. Jennifer McNabb on their papers.

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