Graduate Student Research and Professional Activities 2016-17

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 2016-17.


Blouin, Jennifer. “Eternal Perspectives in Nineteenth-Century Friendship Albums.” The Hilltop Review 9:1 (Fall 2016): 63-76.
Byczynski, John. “Rethinking Radicalism: Socialism, the IWW, and Communism on the Cuyuna Iron Range, 1912-1933.” History Mining Journal (2016): 43-58.

Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

Herhold, Claire. “The St. Joseph Lighthouse: Icons of the Michigan Coast.” North Berrien Historical Museum, Coloma, MI, November 2016.
Moore, Stacy. “Two-Spirit People: Gender in Illinois & Miami Culture, 1650-1763.” Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, St. Joseph, MI, October 2016.

Grants, Fellowships, & Honors

Aardsma-Benton, Ruth. Cordier MA Teaching Award, April 2017.
Aardsma-Benton, Ruth. Grad College Research Travel, January 2017.
re’z, Skylar. Research & Travel Grant, August 2016.
Byczynski, John. Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship, March 2017.
DeVries, Michelle. Houdek/Haight Award, November 2016 & March 2017.
Dobek, Peter. Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarship, Spring 2017.
Dobek, Peter. Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, Fall 2016.
Herhold, Claire. Upton Grant, 2016-2017.
Maurer, Thomas. Grad College Research Travel, March 2017.
Penix, Matthew. Breisach Award, July 2017.