Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Indiana University. She received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College and M.A. from Indiana University. She then spent five years as a Fulbright and DAAD scholar at Bauhaus-Universität-Weimar and the Freie Universität Berlin, teaching and researching her dissertation "Between Bauhaus and Buchenwald: Landscape and Memory in Postwar Weimar." She has lived, studied, taught or carried out research in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, the UK.
Her research and scholarship have been supported by the American Historical Association, DAAD, Doris G. Quinn Foundation, FLAS and Title VI programs of the US Department of Education, German Historical Institute, Holocaust Educational Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Smith-Richardson Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Stiftung „Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft" and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her research interests include German studies, international education, public history, architectural and urban studies and war and society.
As a Fulbright/State Department Alumni and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Ambassador, Elizabeth is an enthusiastic champion of international education, specifically German-American academic exchange. she regularly represents German foundations, programs and institutions at trans-Atlantic conferences, workshops and trainings for faculty, staff and students and reviews applications for inter/nationally competitive fellowships and awards. Elizabeth and the Office of Fellowships are eager to assist GVSU students and alumni in identifying research, language study, study abroad, service learning, internships or related opportunities.
An AmeriCorps and SCA alumna, she is an avid supporter of service learning, research and internship opportunities, including AmeriCorps & AmeriCorps VISTA, PeaceCorps and the Student Conservation Association.
Elizabeth has successfully assisted applicants for the AAUW, ACLS, AIR, AERA, American Councils/ Title VIII, Beinecke, Boren Scholarship & Fellowship, Carnegie, Center for Arabic Study Abroad programs (CASA), Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), Charlotte Newcombe, Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), EPA, Foreign Language Area Studies Award (FLAS), German Academic Exchange Service & DAAD RISE (Research Internship in Science & Engineering), Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright IIE, Fulbright Scholar (CIES) program, Gilman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Jack Kent Cooke, Josephine de Karman, Luce, Mellon CLIR & Completion, Marshall, NOAA/Hollings, NSF, NIH, Pickering, Presidential Management Fellows, Rotary, Soros, Spencer, SSRC, Title VIII, Truman, Udall and Wilson scholarships.
As the Graduate Assistant for the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships, Lauren is driven to support students applying for nationally competitive awards. She considers learning and personal development to be a lifelong process, and works to connect students with the resources and guidance they need to achieve their goals through college and beyond as they reach their full potential. Lauren enjoys working closely with Elizabeth in the office to expand the opportunities available for students and continue providing accurate, timely advising on competitive awards.
Lauren received her Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at Grand Valley in April 2016. In Fall 2016, Lauren began the post-masters Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with emphasis in Leadership, continuing her learning and professional practices at Grand Valley.
Prior to her graduate education, Lauren graduated from Central Michigan University on a full academic scholarship in the spring of 2014. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in sociology, but she found her passion for lifelong learning through travel. Over three consecutive summers, Lauren studied abroad at universities in Australia, Ireland and Japan. She also completed a 5-month semester study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Steph Elizondo earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Western New England University, and is working toward her Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Leadership at Grand Valley. She likes books, music, board games, baking, and writing. Her favorite animal is the elephant, and her Spirit Animal is the Little Mermaid (of course that counts!) One day she'd like to work with college students involved in campus organizations, and maybe write fiction on the side.