Fall 2016/Spring 2017
First Place: Mariel Tishma (Fiction) for "Textspeak Speaking," Her paper, written for Dr. Pegeen Reichert Powell's Writing and Rhetoric II: Honors class, examines the intersections between "textpseaking" language and the rules of written and spoken English using a texted versus "normal language" dialogue.
Second Place: Joshua Corson (Poetry) for "It Matters What You Call a Thing: How Illustration During the Indian Mutiny Shaped the Visual Culture of Victorian England," written for Dr. Kenneth Daley's Victorian Illustrated Poetry: Honors class. The paper elucidates the origins of image, text, and ideology as a visual culture of fear and racism in white, middle-class England.
Fall 2015/Spring 2016
First Place: Sarah Lemcke (Early Childhood Education, '17). Her paper, “The Nurturance of Offspring and Paid Parental Leave: A Policy Proposal for the United States of America” written for Dr. Rojhat Avsar's Honors Course "Ethics and Economics: Controversial Policy Issues of Our Time" proposed a national paid parental leave policy to reduce the infant mortality rate and child poverty level and thereby satisfy the currently unmet “nurturance of offspring” need in the United States.
Fall 2013/Spring 2014
First Place: Emma-Claire LaSaine (Fiction '17). Her paper, “Angel or Poet: Education, Marriage, and the Woman Question in Victorian Poetry,” written for Dr. Kenneth Daley's Honors course "Victorian Illustrated Poetry," examines the Domestic Angel in Victorian-era poetry.
Second Place: Trevor McCulloch (Cinema Art + Science '15). His paper, “Blurred Lines: Socially Engaged Art and Performative Spectatorship,” written for Amy Mooney's Honors course "The Art of Civic Engagement," examines participatory art shows and how they can be both confrontational and inclusive.
Fall 2012/Spring 2013
First Place: Emily Graves (Film & Video '15). Her paper, “Symbolism in Sunnydale: the Complex Characters and Monstrous Metaphors of Buffy the Vampire Slayer," written for Annette Dolph's Honors course "Writing and Rhetoric II," analyzed the themes and character archetypes at work in the popular television series.
Second Place: Brianna Baurichter (Fine Arts, '13). Her paper, “Paris/New York: 20th Century Shifts,” written for Dr. Dominic Pacyga's Honors course "History of the American City" defines the role of art, architecture, and design in New York's rise to prominence.
Fall 2011/Spring 2012
First Place: Scarlet Sheppard (Theatre ’14). Her paper, “The Actor’s Emotional Mind,” written for Dr. Rami Gabriel’s Honors course “Emotions,” explored Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Method through the lens of Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Management and made connections between the science of psychology and the creative process of acting.
Second Place: Steven Haas (Television ’12). His paper, “Fairness and Justice in the Affordable Care Act,” written for Dr. Rojat Avsar’s Honors course “Economic Policies, Morality, and Ideology,” analyzed the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) through varied (and sometimes conflicting) schools of ethical thought.
Fall 2010/Spring 2011
First Place: Zachary Berinstein (Music ’12). His paper, “Music and Participation: Contemporary Modes of Musical Engagement,” addressed the various ways we engage in music, how this engagement changes over time, and how musical communities are formed.
Second Place: Sarah Kaddatz (Audio Arts and Acoustics ’13). Her paper, "Julius Moessel and The Story of Food Plants,” written for Dr. Erin McCarthy’s Honors course “The Great Depression,” explored the work of artist Julius Moessel, with a particular focus on a mural he created for the Field Museum in Chicago.