Student award winners run the gamut from poetry to political science
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF POETS
Winner: Nicholas Lauridsen $100
Honorable Mentions: Kimberly Johnson & Sarah Spath
COOK PRIZE IN POETRY
Kimberly Johnson ($300)
Judge's comment: "I chose the poem for its rhythmic musculature, and for its lively and precise vocabulary."
INA COOLBRITH POETRY CONTEST
lst Place: Amaranth Borsuk (UCLA) $300
2nd Place: Christina Ross (UC Irvine) $200
CROTHERS PRIZE IN LITERARY COMPOSITION
Ellen Samuels $250
Rachel Teukolsky $175
Laura Wetherington $175
James Ramey $250
Maria Elena Howard $150
DE LORENZO PRIZE IN MUSIC COMPOSITION
Winners: Reynold Tharp ($750) and Mason Bates ($750)
LILI FABILLI ERIC HOFFER ESSAY
First Place: Ana Martinez (student) $750 and Michael Rancer (staff) $750
2nd Place: Julie Rodriguez (staff), Carol Wood (staff) and Daniel Lee (student) $500 each
GOOR PRIZE IN JEWISH STUDIES
Winners: Benjamin Wurgaft $475 and Lital Levy $475
Judge's comment: "Both papers are intellectually sophisticated, insightful, and beautifully crafted".
IRVING PRIZE FOR AMERICAN WIT & HUMOR
Winner: Albert Ofrecia ($100)
Judge's comment: "One stands out FAR above the others, it's extremely well written, creative on many levels, and pretty hilarious:"
MACKAY LATIN TRANSLATION PRIZE
First Place: William Short $1000
2nd Place: Kimberly Johnson & Darcy Krasne $250 each
MC DONALD GREEK COMPOSITION PRIZE
Winner: Jon Christopher Geissmann $500
Judge's comments: "This translation did the most complete job of conveying as much of the sense of the English as possible while also producing several stylish turns of phrase and sentence-structures. My congratulations to the winner!"
PALMER PRIZE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
1st Prize: Kristina Kempkey $300
Judge's Comment: "A sophisticated analysis of the role of NGOs in bringing about civil and political rights in Uganda and the role of rhetoric in the struggle between NGOs and the state. This is one of the best analyses I have seen on this issue, combining theoretical sophistication, methodological rigor, and practical policy implications. For a rather short paper, however, it packs in many complex variables to consider in the project of cultural change and the advancement of human rights."
2nd Prize: Lily Bradley $200
Judge's Comment: "advances our theoretical understanding of globalization and its impact on state power through a focus on the influence of oil companies in Columbia, Nigeria, and Angola. The author demonstrates a solid understanding of the different conditions in the three cases, yet a similar result in the erosion of sovereignty."
4th Place: Arielle Simmons - UC Berkeley ($25)
RICHARDSON LATIN TRANSLATION
Winner: William Short $2000
ROSENBERG LYRIC POETRY
Winner: Michael Heinrich $200
SCHILLER PHILOSOPHY CONTEST
Winner: Eli Alshanetsky $200
SHROUT SHORT STORY PRIZE
Winners: Lital Levy 1st prize $200
Second prizes: Michelle Mecklenburg $100 and Arielle Simmons $100
Winner: Adam David Zolkover ($50)
Judge's comment: "This paper is a sophisticated analysis of a major literary rendering of a standard Indo-European tale type. It is of near-professional folkloristic quality."
YANG MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE
Trane DeVore $500
Judge's comment: "I consider this to be a particularly complex and ambitious poem. The poet presents us with a symphonic composition with very complex and richly layered themes and tonalities. Explicit themes (that of music and of travel being particularly clear) are interwoven, and the whole amounts to an investigation in the nature of time - how time moves, how it moves us, and how we move it. Along the way are moments of psychological as well as linguistic subtlety. Please give the poet my personal congratulations!"
YOUNG PRIZE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Jeff Lindemyer ($500)
Judge's comment: "I found this essay to be far and away the best of the entries. It was well-researched, well-argued and well-written. Moreover, unlike its competitors which focus on more well-trodden themes, it sheds light on a little-understood and immensely important subject."
Brian James Martinez Cadiz
Christine Ellen Reed
Veronica De Jesus
Amanda Paullin Hughen
Indira Martina Mesihovic
CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING
Stephanie P. Tencer
Julie A. Carr
Frank B. Wilderson, III
Shaw Pong Liu
Honorable Mention: Collette Williams
Major: BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
BS in Business Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology
Dual Emphasis in Neuroscience and Philosophy
Ken N. Kamrin
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, minor in Mathematics