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Rachel Jacob named 2017-18 NIU Student Lincoln Laureate

Rachel JacobRachel Jacob—whose long list of amazing experiences at NIU has taken her from DeKalb to Washington, D.C., to Indonesia—has been named as NIU’s 2017-18 Student Lincoln Laureate.

Annually, an outstanding senior from each of Illinois’ four-year universities is selected for the prestigious Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award.

A University Honors student with nearly perfect grades, Jacob is pursuing majors in both history and political science, with minors in economics and Southeast Asian Studies.

She has served three internships, including one on Capitol Hill with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly. She also twice won prestigious funding awards allowing her to study in Indonesia.

Additionally, under the mentorship of her professors, Jacob undertook three major research projects related to employment law and women’s rights. They resulted in U.S. Library of Congress archive work, a first-place award during NIU’s Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day, a position paper for Rep. Kelly’s office and a public presentation in Indonesia, which Jacob delivered in the Indonesian language.

“I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received here,” says Jacob, who also serves as the elected NIU Student Association president. “I don’t think it would have happened at another institution. NIU puts a lot of effort and time in its students, especially if you are willing to take the initiative.”

Jacob is currently applying to top-tier law schools and hopes to someday work as a U.S. Department of State foreign services officer in Indonesia.

Read more in the NIU Newsroom.

Involvement Highlights

Academic Achievements and Honors

Extra and Co-Curricular Activities

  • Northern Lights Ambassador, 2016-17
  • Research Rookies participant, 2014-15
  • Research Rookies peer mentor, 2015-16
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Committee
  • Congressional Intern, Summer 2015
  • Intern for United States Aid in Development 2015-16
  • Intern for the NIU Office of Federal Relations, Spring 2016
  • NIU Silverette, 2014-15
  • Political Science Student Advisory Council, 2015- Present

Leadership Positions

  • Student Association President, 2017-18
  • Student Association Vice President, 2016-17
  • Student Association Director of Academic Affairs, 2015-16
  • Alpha Phi Sorority President, 2017-18
  • Pre-Law Honors Society President, 2016-17
  • History Club President, 2016-17