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Graduate Student Receives Josephine De Karman Fellowship

Stephen Mak of Syosset, graduate history student at Northwestern University, has been selected for the 2008 Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust, which includes $20,000 to fund his doctoral studies.

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June 4, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Stephen Mak of Syosset, graduate history student at Northwestern University, has been selected for the 2008 Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust, which includes $20,000 to fund his doctoral studies.

Mak is the third dissertation student in the Northwestern history department to be selected for the De Kármán Fellowship since 1998. A total of 12 scholars were selected this year from over 600 undergraduate and graduate applicants embarking on their final year of study from across all disciplines.

Mak is studying 20th century United States social and political history, with an emphasis on the intersection of foreign relations and immigration policy. He will use the fellowship to write his dissertation, "Enemy Aliens in a World at War: America's Other Internment during World War II."

"The dissertation examines how non-citizens under the authority of the United States developed rights in wartime," said Mak. "I explore the meanings and consequences of the historical separation of human from civil rights."

Prior to coming to Northwestern, Mak earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University in industrial and labor relations, worked on labor policy for Senator Edward M. Kennedy and taught social studies in New York City's Chinatown.

Mak is also the recipient of the Albert M. Greenfield Research Grant from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the John Higham Travel Grant from the Organization of American Historians and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

The Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Kármán, world-renowned aeronautics expert and teacher, in memory of his sister, Josephine. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor von Kármán's high standards.