Wayne Duerkes of Somonauk is participating in the Research Rookies program at Northern Illinois University.
Duerkes, 41, a senior history major at NIU, is working under the guidance of Professor Bradley Bond.
“The goal of my research is to understand how the market was created in the Lower Fox Valley River region in Illinois during the 1830 to 1850 timeframe,” Duerkes said in a news release.
As part of the program, Duerkes, a graduate of Somonauk High School, is studying advanced research techniques, learning how to write a formal research proposal, participating in professional and academic enrichment activities and will present findings at the annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day next spring. Research Rookies also receive a $500 scholarship for participating in the program.