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Undergraduate researchers and their instructors honored

03 June 2004

The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that show evidence of significant inquiry using the resources and collections of the Library. Winners also demonstrate learning about the research and information-gathering process itself. Up to six awards are presented annually, carrying with them prizes of $1,000 for upper-division winners and $750 for lower-division winners.

Brian Quigley, chair of the committee that awarded this year’s prizes, says that the competition attracted the very best undergraduate papers from courses taught in departments across the campus. “The judges were truly impressed by the number of applications received and the extraordinary level of library research skills evidenced within them,” Quigley adds.

The application deadline for the 2005 prizes has yet to be announced. This year’s awards were presented to undergraduate researchers in the Morrison Library in Doe Library on May 12. Those honorees, their projects, and their supporting faculty sponsors are as follows:

Prize Winners
Susan Basu
The Politics of Foreign Student Exchange: U.S. and Eastern Europe, 1952-1962
Lecturer Patricia Y.C.E Lin

Andrew Braver
Wilson’s Words: The Rhetoric of Progressive Ideology
Professor Leon Litwack/GSI Kevin Adams

Michael Jacob
Endogenous Psychoactive Tryptamines Reconsidered
Lecturer David Presti

Gary Ku
The People and Purpose of Trajan’s Markets
Professor Stephen Tobriner/GSI Vimalin Rujivacharakul

Sara Ryu
Pieter de Hooch and Johannes Vermeer: Modes of Beholding and Experiencing the Domestic Boundary
Professor Elizabeth Honig

Radha Webley
The Politics of Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Lecturer Patricia Y.C.E Lin

Honorable Mentions
Sonya Hammons & Gustavo Huber
The Glen Park BART and Its Entangled History
Lecturer Helaine Prentice/Curator Waverly Lowell

Melissa Moore
The Persistence of Human Insecurity in Relation to Land Access: Twentieth Century Paraná
Lecturer Patricia Y.C.E Lin

Evita Rodriguez
Zoot-Suits and the Media: Stories of Good and Evil
Professor Leon Litwack/GSI Amy Lippert

Jon Martin Schultz-Akerson
Language and Identity in José Donoso’s El lugar sin límites: A Comparative Analysis of the First Draft and Literary Notebooks
Professor Francine Masiello