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Spring 2023 List of Accomplishments

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We've been keeping busy--and this list is not exhaustive!

Student Accomplishments 

  • Sekordri Ojo won an American Educational Research Association seed grant to continue her research into the history of American education.
  • PhD student Ismael Biyashev successfully defended his dissertation, "Beyond Myths and Ruins: Archaeology and Nomadism in the Russian Empire and the Early USSR 1850-1920s," under the supervision of Professor Marina Mogilner.
  • 2021 PhD graduate Libby Hearne won 2023 The Lerner-Scott Prize from the Organization of American Historians for producing the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history. Hearne’s dissertation was entitled, “Reframing Cure: Sexual Violence, Mental Health, and Feminist Activism, 1971-1997.”
  • 2023 PhD graduate Ismael Biyashev accepted a position as Senior Fellow with the University of Michigan Society of Fellows.
  • PhD student Kimberly Phuong Beaudreau, received a 2023 John Higham Research Fellowship from the Organization of American Historians for the dissertation she is currently writing titled “Economic Migrant or Refugee? Externalizing American Refugee and Asylum Policy, 1975–2000.”
  • 2023 PhD graduate Ismael Biyashev won an internship grant from the Association for Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) for the summer of 2023, working as an intern for Ab Imperio.
  • PhD student Caterina Scalvedi presented “Rethinking Colonialism in Interwar Europe: Legal Scholars, Education, and the ‘Native Question’ in Fascist Italy’s Empire,” at UIC’s Institute for the Humanities.
  • Noe Gallegos won the Gordon Lee Goodman Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Studies.
  • Krystian Kuprowski won the Lilian Edinger Scholarship.
  • Lucero Rojas-Torres won the David Stahl and Karol Weigelt Prize.
  • PhD students Zichan Qiu and Hanna Deikunwon each won a UIC Award for Graduate Research.
  • PhD students Emily Glassmeyer, Kaimara Herron-July, and Liliana Macias were all recipients of the Provost's Graduate Internship Award for summer positions with the project “Listening for the Long Haul: A Living History of Long COVID,” led by Prof. Jennifer Brier.
  • PhD student Frankee Lyons won a Dean’s Scholar Fellowship.

Faculty Accomplishments

  • Dr. Danielle Beaujon, a Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow, accepted an offer to join UIC as a tenure-track assistant professor starting in Fall 2023 with a 25% appointment in History.
  • Prof. Robert Johnston was named a semi-finalist for the 2024 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.
  • Prof. Fredy Gonzalez was awarded a grant from the Japan Foundation Los Angeles to spend the fall semester in Kansai in an intensive Japanese language program. The language skills will assist his research on Japanese migration to Latin America.
  • Prof. Fredy Gonzalez won a distinguished Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of UIC's highest honors recognizing teaching. The Silver Circle Award is selected by a committee of graduating seniors.
  • Prof. John Abbott won the 2023 Shirley A. Bill Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Prof. Bao Bui was named UIC Honors College Instructor of the Year.


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