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Research Scholarship Awarded to Geisinger

April 29, 2024

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MACOMB, IL - - The Center for Undergraduate Research, a collaboration between the Centennial Honors College and the WIU Libraries, is thrilled to announce that WIU junior Karissa Geisinger has been selected to receive the inaugural Center for Undergraduate Research Scholarship. This $500 scholarship aims to support and recognize exceptional research by undergraduate students at WIU.

Geisinger's project involves researching the life and literary work of Chicago native Alice B. Sheldon, also known by her nom de plume James Tiptree, Jr. With support from the scholarship, Geisinger will be traveling to the University of Oregon in July of 2024 to gain access to the Sheldon archives, where she will examine her diaries, letters, early essays, sketches and more. Geisinger is working with English Professor Everett Hamner to guide her research project.

Geisinger is pursuing an English major with a minor in Creative Writing and she plans to graduate in 2026. Hailing from Aledo, IL, and is the daughter of Jen and Ben Geisinger.

This scholarship has been made possible through a collaborative effort between the City of Macomb, WIU Libraries and Centennial Honors College. We extend our gratitude to Sterling Kernek, former director of the Honors College and the City of Macomb for their generosity, which has made this scholarship opportunity possible.

The Center for Undergraduate Research at Malpass Library is a pilot project designed to elevate research at WIU, especially among undergraduate students. The Center is a collaborative project between the WIU Libraries and the Centennial Honors College and it is open to all students.

For more information, contact Outreach Librarian Michelle Holschuh Simmons,

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