Student Spotlight: Ashley Simpson '18

The Greene County Historical Society granted senior history student Ashley Simpson a $1,000 fellowship for her original research on medical practices in Southwest Missouri during the Civil War period. The fellowship sponsored Ashley's research at the National Archives in Washington D.C. At the annual senior capstone conference in December 2017, Ashley presented her research results and shared egg-custard with the audience, a dish based on a recipe she discovered during her research. Ashley plans to pursue graduate work in history after graduating in May 2018. 

"My Drury career changed my life," Ashley says. "I have been given opportunities that I had always dreamed about, one of which was researching at the National Archives. Through the help of my mentor, Dr. Blakey, I was able to better navigate my project which has afforded me the opportunity to further pursue the research I started at Drury in graduate school. Even now, I am working on and crafting my research. I'm learning new things every day and I can still count on my professors for feedback on my independent research. I know now that the sky's the limit and I am so thankful for and blessed by my time at Drury."