Undergraduate Students at the Institute

Julianna Witt

Julianna Witt is a senior at Florida State University majoring in History, with a minor in Museum Studies. She has been an intern with the Institute since Spring 2017, and is currently an Assistant to the Director with Exhibits and Research. She focuses on Holocaust and Jewish studies. She hopes to work with Holocaust related objects and/or archives at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. or the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.

Jenna Noel Pope

Jenna Pope graduates in Fall 2018 with a B.A. in History. She attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in South Georgia before transferring to FSU in Spring 2017. She was homeschooled from 5th grade up to her freshman year in college so she spent many afternoons recording older relatives’ stories, collecting and curating their pictures, and piecing their lives into her history lessons. Along with processing collections regarding race and/or gender-based discrimination within the military, she continues to work on entering her family’s wartime service into the Institute’s digital archives. Jenna also serves as our resident creative genius on our social media accounts.

Destinee Haller

Destinee Haller is a sophomore from Miami, Florida majoring in History and African American Studies. She is currently involved with the Black Female Development Circle and Southern Scholarship Foundation. In the future, she would like to pursue higher education within the realm of history. At the Institute, she is working on entering some of the African American collections into various archival databases and hopes to increase the Institute’s African American collections.

Gabriela Maduro

Gabriela Maduro is a third year student at Florida State University. She is majoring in History and Editing, Writing and Media, with a minor in German. Gabriela began her research at FSU through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), where she studied the role of German troops hired by Britain during the American War of Independence. She hopes to continue her research within the field of European history at the Institute, where she will be processing collections related to Germany and Austria during the World War II and post-World War II period. She is particularly interested in utilizing her knowledge of German and her fluency in Slovak while working at the Institute.

Gillian Morton

Gillian Morton is a sophomore at Florida State University double majoring in History and International Affairs. Her interest in history comes from her father, who received his PhD in military history from FSU and is an active duty Colonel in the United States Army. Having grown up an Army Brat, Gillian has no hometown, but has lived in six US states (LA, FL, NY, VA, PA, SC) and two German cities. Gillian is particularly interested in World War II history, having visited many important European battlefields and landmarks. She enjoys focusing on the role of women in the military during WWII because of the inspiration of her own mother, who was an Army helicopter pilot.

Caroline Palmer

Caroline Palmer is a junior at Florida State University. She is majoring in history with a minor in English. She is most interested in researching the correspondences between soldiers and family during World War II. Caroline hopes to continue her research at the Institute until graduation and is excited for the research to come.

Elaine-Mae Ignacio

Elaine Ignacio is a junior at Florida State University, double majoring in International Affairs and History with a minor in Urban Planning and Development. She is focused on processing collections on American soldiers in the Pacific Theater, specifically the Philippines. Her interest in military history and Asia stems from her familial roots, as the daughter of Filipino immigrants, with her father having retired as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Through the Institute, she seeks to learn more about her country in relation to that of her parents’, as well as a more intimate understanding of how historical events shape diverse communities, culture, and the spaces they inhabit. She hopes to incorporate this mindset into a future career in urban planning.

Angela Stevens

Angela Stevens is a Senior at Florida State University. She is double majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media, and History. This is Angela's second semester at the Institute where she is working as an editorial assistant on The Oxford Handbook of World War II. She hopes to gain experience from time at the Institute to apply to her future editorial career. She is looking forward continuing to gain experience at the Institute, and to graduating in December.

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