Albion Interactive History / People / Wesley Dick

Albion Interactive History

Albion Interactive History / People / Albion College

Wesley Dick
Professor of History


History Professor Awarded $40K forUndergraduate Research
Wednesday, November 27, 2002

ALBION, Mich. – “Boom, Bust, Recovery: Explorations of Albion,Michigan — the Last Half Century,” a research project developed byAlbion College history professor Wesley Dick, has also caught theinterest of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research(NCUR). The NCUR announced last week that the College willreceive one of its two 2003 NCUR/Lancy Initiative grants, worth$40,000 to support student research during the summer of 2003.

According to Dick’s proposal to the NCUR, his “Boom, Bust, Recovery” project “will involveinterdisciplinary student research … to study the history of industrial Albion, the environmental andsociological implications of the boom and decline of industry, and what can be done in the future toredefine the community.” The NCUR/Lancy Initiative provides for eight student researchers, whowill look at social, economic, historical, ecological and cultural issues connected to the city ofAlbion.

“[Albion’s recent history] is emblematic of America’s changes and struggles,” says Dick, inexplaining the study. “Albion is undergoing a difficult process of redefining itself in a post-industrialage. In this, a close examination of [our] story has potential to illuminate America’s story.”

The Initiative is collaboration between the NCUR and the Alice and Leslie E. Lancy Foundation. Itis designed to provide exceptional undergraduates with the opportunity to do original work in closecollaboration with faculty mentors. The program focus is on helping to build communities of studentand faculty scholars spanning the academic disciplines but working on a unifying theme.

From a pool of 38 applicants, Albion College was one of only two 2003 NCUR/Lancy Initiativerecipients. Past winners have included Bowdoin College, Loyola Marymount University, CentralWashington University and the College of William and Mary.

Source: Albion College, Office of Communications. Press Release. December 2002.

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