Taylor Hermsen spotlighted on WSU Insider and awarded a fellowship due to subject of research
Taylor Hermsen is a PhD student studying with Professor Jeff Sanders. Hermsen’s research focuses on the development of the Washington wine industry, particularly in eastern Washington, over the last 80 years.
“Four years ago, on his way home to Walla Walla from school in Arizona, Taylor Hermsen was thumbing through an in-flight magazine when he was struck by an idea for his doctoral research”
The above excerpt comes straight from the WSU Insider article that was published to the Cougs Life, “Food and Agriculture” section this March. Article author, Will Ferguson, truly captured Hermsen’s passion for the topic and included the mention of Hermsen’s Boeing Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Studies, quoted below.
“The Boeing Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Studies supports the multidisciplinary study of environmental issues and is made possible by a generous endowment from The Boeing Company. More than two dozen students have received the Boeing fellowship since it was established in 1994.”
JT Menard and Claire Thornton see previous work published during 2017-2018 academic year
John Tappan Menard’s History 469 research project, which he wrote in the Spring of 2014 (faculty mentor Dr. David Stratton) The Civilian Conservation Corps: A Case Study of the Fort George Wright District and Camp F-188
Was published as “Roosevelt’s Grand Experiment: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Northwest,” Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, Vol 30, no 3. (2016): 13-20.
The article is also hosted in full on the department website here! Although this work was completed as an undergraduate student, John Tappan Menard is now pursuing his MA degree in History.
Claire Thornton’s paper The GI’s of Washington State College originated in a History 300 class in 2014. She turned it into an Honors Thesis project The GI Bill at WSC: An Understanding Through Oral Histories (faculty mentor Dr. Lydia Gerber). It was published last August as “The GI Bill at WSC” in the Bunchgrass Historian, Volume 43, Number 2, 2017, 14-27.
Claire is currently finishing an MA in Education here at WSU with a period of student teaching at Clarkston Highschool.