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State museum association names student of the year

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:06 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – The 2013 Illinois Association of Museums Graduate Student of the Year Award was presented to Northern Illinois University anthropology student Ashlee Craig.

This is the second year in a row an NIU student has been awarded this honor, adding to the prestige of NIU’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Museum Studies Certificate Program.

Craig began working with the NIU Anthropology Museum in 2010 as an undergraduate collections volunteer. The quality of her work was recognized, and she was promoted to museum supervisor before being hired on as the Anthropology Museum’s graduate assistant in 2012.

Craig was lead curator for two exhibits on campus: “Fast Food Nation 10,000 B.C.,” displayed at the Holmes Student Center, and “Trowels & Fair Trade: Revealing the Underground Railroad and Contemporary Slavery” at the Anthropology Museum, which garnered an Award of Superior Achievement from IAM. She also worked as a graphic designer for “Rarely Seen Southeast Asia,” an exhibition displayed at the Anthropology Museum and curated by NIU Professor Emeritus Richard M. Cooler.

Craig has shown impressive drive and ambition in the museum studies program at NIU. She has accepted a position as collections manager for the Downer’s Grove Historical Museum.

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