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Senior history major Lee Little presented his paper, "'I Left Indianapolis because the Money was Gone': Kurt Vonnegut Jr's Roots," at the 2012 conference of the National Council of Undergraduate Rese NCUR arch in March. The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

Lee Little's paper has been among those chosen for publication in the NCUR Proceedings, which are published annually by UNC Asheville. The papers represent some of the best work presented at the conference.

You can read Lee Little's paper in the 2012 Proceedings by going to the link:

What do Xavier History Majors do after they graduate?

History majors span a wide range of interests and commitments; recent graduates include a staff member for conservative Ohio congressman John Boehner and a member of the Emma Goldman Finishing School, an anarchist commune. Xavier History majors have received Javits, Fulbright, and Truman Scholarships, and have gone on to graduate or professional school at UCLA, The Ohio State University, Berkeley, Georgetown, Harvard, the University of Chicago, Indiana University, Vanderbilt, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Cincinnati, Johns Hopkins, and Florida State University.

Recent graduates have pursued a wide range of activities:

  • Maura Kisseberth (2010) is teaching in Honduras.
  • Lt. Michael Kulas (2009), U.S. Army, was one of the 100 top ROTC cadets in the nation and has completed every stage of his training thus far at the top of his class. Michael was the top ROTC cadet in his class, but following close behind him was another history major, Austin Riker (2009).
  • Claire Sillato (2009) is an analyst with The Nielsen Company.
  • Jenny Rulon (2009) joined the Peace Corps and worked in Mali.
  • Natasha Hamilton (Holiday) (2005) went on to receive a degree in public affairs at Harvard. She has worked as a government immigrant rights advocate in New York City and is currently Vice President with Scott Balice Strategies, consulting major U.S. cities on urban development projects.
  • Ryan Williamson (2005) earned an MA in Latin and classical humanities from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and now teaches Latin and World History at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver, Colorado. Also teaching World History at Regis is Patrick Kelleher (2005), who has also served as an officer in the US Army.
  • Jessica Moore (2005) earned an MA in Near Eastern Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago and is now pursuing a PhD in ancient History at the University of Wisconsin.

A 2009 survey of our alumni confirms that our graduates pursue a wide range of occupations, from medicine to banking and accounting. Most common are the following: 

  • 25% in education (especially secondary education)
  • 21% in the legal profession
  • 21% in business (including management)
  • 11% in government