Graduate Student Research and Professional Activities 2014-15

The Department of History at Western Michigan University encourages students to be active learners who demonstrate excellent research, critical thinking, oral communication and writing skills. The following information showcases the activities of our graduate students during 2014-15.


Byczynski, John. “My Father’s Past, My Children’s Future: Moral Outrage in Minnesota, 1974-1980.” Agricultural History 88 (Summer 2014): 313-335.
Kohrman, David. Postcard History Series: Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo: Arcadia Publishing, 2015.

Conference Presentations & Invited Lectures

Benson, Derek. “The Montfort Castle Project: the 2015 Excavation.” University of Nebraska at Omaha, March 2015.
Janes, Randall. “The Maestro de Azúcar and the Professionalization of the Ibero-American Sugar Industry during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.” Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, February 2015.

Grants, Fellowships, & Honors

Cupp, Chelsea. Breisach Award, July 2015 (Not Taken, but Awarded).
Denby, Eric. Russel Writing Award, April 2015.
DeVries, Michelle. Houdek/Haight Award, October 2014 & April 2015.
Harris, Patrick. WMU Graduate Student Research & Travel Grant, June 2015.
Herhold, Claire. Graduate Financial Allocation Committee Award, co-authored with Kyle Moerchen, February 2015.
Herhold, Claire. Peter J. Schmitt Endowment for Experiential Learning, April 2015.
Herhold, Claire. Teaching Assistants Union Professional Development Grant, April 2015.
Hunt, Spencer. Nora Faires Travel Grant, August 2014.
Janes, Randall. Dibner Fellow in the History of Science and Technology, March 2015.
Janes, Randall. PhD Teaching Award, April 2015.
Janes, Randall. Smithsonian Resident Scholar, June 2015.
Janes, Randall. WMU Graduate Student Research & Travel Grant, June 2015.
Kohrman, David. Upton Fellowship Grant, 2014-2015.
Moerchen, Kyle. MA Teaching Award, April 2015.
Stevens, Chelsea. Nora Faires Travel Grant, August 2014.
Stevens, Chelsea. Research Assistance Excellence Award, August 2014.