Congratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Madelyn Brown! Madelyn has been accepted to the University of Oregon’s College of Arts and Sciences doctoral program in the Department of History. In this program, she would be advised by Marsha Weisiger, who serves as the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History and the Co-Director, Center for Environmental Futures.
Madelyn was offered full funding for five years. Madelyn was also selected by the Division of Graduate Studies to become a 2022-23 Promising Scholar, a reflection of her accomplishments and the strength of her application. As a member of the Promising Scholars cohort, Madelyn would receive additional funding and have the opportunity to be involved in community building and professional development activities facilitated by the Division of Graduate Studies. This includes free access to the National Center on Faculty Development and Diversity’s workshops, mentoring network opportunities, and career center.
Madelyn is a scholar of Indigenous History. In EWU’s McNair program, she worked on her 2019 summer research project with Lecturer SimHayKin S. Jack, a Clinical Cultural Specialist at Colville Confederated Tribes and PhD Candidate at University of California, Davis and Dr. Christina Torres Garcia, now Assistant Professor and Director of the Latino, Latin American Studies Program at Central Washington University. Madelyn’s research focused on the the historic Eurocentric discrimination against [Indigenous] Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its benefits in forest and wildfire management, proposing that that these care techniques, specifically the acceptance of fire as a viable influence in forest health, should be taken into consideration when utilizing preventative measures against human-caused events. While a student at EWU, Madelyn was the recipient of the 2018 Gingolyx Village Government scholarship for academic excellence and a member of both the Native American Student Association and Phi Alpha Theta. Madelyn is currently completing her Masters in History at the University of Oregon.
The EWU McNair staff are delighted to hear about Madelyn’s ongoing achievements and we know she will make an impact in her field. Click here to read more about Madelyn and her research.