Mentor: Jim Bissett
Project title: Scholars vs. sites: Analyzing interpretations of Revolutionary America at historic sites in Boston and Philadelphia
This semester, my time was mostly spent student teaching. From lesson planning, to faculty meetings, to attending school sponsored athletic events, I immersed myself in the Eastern Alamance community. However, I also spent some time meeting with Dr. Bissett and writing my final paper for my Lumen project. I have completed the paper and I am working on making cuts to send to the Historic Journal of Massachusetts for publication. I presented my research at the New England Historical Association’s spring conference at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. I felt comfortable, even though I was one of two undergraduate presenters at the conference. I was able to meet and network with historians from the New England area and it was a great first experience at a conference. I also presented my work at SURF this spring. Overall, I am pleased with my last semester at Elon, the presentations I have made, and the final product I have created.
The Lumen Prize has completely changed my future plans, including my immediate post-graduation plans. I now want to pursue a graduate degree in history, teaching high school history, and eventually teach at the university level because of my various research and internship experiences at Elon University. Without the Lumen Prize I would not have found my love of research and historical scholarship. I will be entering the James Madison University MA History program in the fall of 2013. I was given a full tuition scholarship and an assistantship which will cover my living expenses while I am there. Because of my research and teaching experiences, this opportunity was possible and I was a very qualified candidate for the various graduate schools I applied to and was granted admission.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
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Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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