Student projects honored during Undergraduate Research Week

By Emory Libraries | April 20, 2016

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The 2016 Woodruff Library Undergraduate Research Award winners are, from left, Emily Moore, Zixuan (Armstrong) Li, Samantha Keng and Hannah Conway. Photo by Emory Libraries.

As Emory celebrates Undergraduate Research Week, the Robert W. Woodruff Library has announced the winners of its 2016 Undergraduate Research Awards, selected by a panel of judges.

The awards will be presented at the All-College Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 20, at the Dobbs University Center. The winners, along with other student researchers, will share their work with the Emory community via poster presentations from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Commons. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Prizes will be awarded to the following students for their research projects:

  • Hannah Conway, “Behind the Lens of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Photography to Both Reveal and Conceal.″ Faculty sponsor: Carol Anderson.
  • Samantha Keng, “Model Minority Awakenings: Vincent Chin, Asian America’s Emmett Till.” Faculty sponsor: Carol Anderson.
  • Zixuan (Armstrong) Li, “Doner Kebab: Symbol of German Multiculturalism in the Turkish Immigration Question.” Faculty sponsor: Astrid M. Eckert.

Each winning entry will receive a prize of $500, supported by the Elizabeth Long Atwood Fund.

The judges also selected one project for an honorable mention:

  • Emily Moore, “A Casket Full of Precious Memoirs: The Town of Washington’s Conception of Its Own History” (chapter three of Honors Thesis: “Strange Histories: A Cultural History of the Legend of Lost Confederate Gold in Washington, Georgia”) Faculty sponsor: Leslie Harris.

For additional information about this year’s Woodruff Library Undergraduate Research Award recipients, see the Spring 2016 issue of the Emory Undergraduate Research Journal, pages 66-69.

The URA committee extends its thanks to the judging panel: Christopher Beck, Department of Biology; Gabrielle Dudley, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library; Melissa Hackman, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Katie Rawson, Woodruff Library, and Sheila Tefft, Interdisciplinary Studies.