Previously, students of Music, Drama, and Film Studies could submit their works to the Media & The Arts category, which later became the Art History, Music, Film & Theatre category. In 2017, it was decided that Music, Film & Theatre should constitute a category in its own right given its performance-base nature along with the quality and quantity of papers submitted.
Natalia Beghin from Australian National University was highly commended for two papers in the 2015 programme. Her papers entitled “Just a little bit of healthy competition” in the Economics category and “This is how we drink up the sea” in the Philosophy & Theology category.
Also in 2016 Natalia was the Global Winner in the Politics & International Relations for her paper "Perverting the Panopticon: Feminism, Peace, and the prospect of a ‘new Totalitarianism".
Natalia has completed her Masters in International Affairs and Development from the Australian National University in July, and have since started work as an advisor within the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (AKA the Australian Nudge Unit!). There she works on policy and projects, with a focus on the aid and security space.
Laura Cummins from University of Leeds was highly commended in 2015 in the Music, Film, Theatre & Art History category.
Her paper was titled ‘The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the “state of emergency” in which we live is not the exception but the rule.’ (Walter Benjamin, ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’) Discuss this quote from Walter Benjamin in relation to the films/texts explored on this module.
The Undergraduate Awards is delighted to welcome the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) as an Associate Institution. The American University of Central Asia, located in Kyrgyztan, is a liberal arts university which has been offering education in the American model since 1993. They offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in 16 undergraduate programmes, along with a number of postgraduate courses and masters' degrees.
Simon van Oort from Utrecht University was Highly Commended in 2014 for his paper “State Dissolution and UN Membership: Comparing the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia” in the Law category.
Simon is currently living in The Hague, the Netherlands, where he is putting the finishing touches on his LLM-dissertation on the intellectual history of constitutional review in the Netherlands.
Ellen Howley from University College Dublin was a 2014 programme winner in the Literature category. Her work paper was titled "Seamus Heaney’s Plateaus: Transitions between air, ground and underground, and the relationship between the local and the imaginative."
Returning from Scotland to Dublin in 2016 to undertake PhD at Dublin City University, Ellen continues her passion for literary research. She completed a Masters in Modern and contemporary literature at the University of Edinburgh and spent a year working in a tech start-up in Glasgow before returning to academia to pursue her love of poetry.
Himel Dev from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology was the 2014 programme winner in the Computer Sciences & Information Technology category. His paper was titled "User Interaction Based Community Detection in Online Social Networks".
Himel is currently a third year PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in the area of data mining and data science. He is working on a variety of research projects encompassing social media mining, visual analytics, and user behaviour modeling.
Elena Field from University of St Andrews was highly commended in 2015 in the Earth & Environmental Sciences category for her paper titled “A comparison of object-based vs pixel-based classification methods for geological mapping”
After the Undergraduate Awards Elena completed a Masters in Geoinformation Technology and Cartography at the University of Glasgow to better understand the complex mathematics and technical aspects that underpin the science of map-making. She graduated in 2016 with Distinction, producing a thesis examining how remote sensing can be a key tool for monitoring thermokarst lake dynamics and permafrost degradation in arctic regions over time.
Lawrence Liu from Princeton University was Highly Commended in 2015 for his paper “The Dual State and the Rule of Law: Defining the Dual State and that Definition’s Impact on our Conception of the Rule of Law”.
Lawrence is currently living in Berkeley, California USA. Starting next fall, he will be in New Haven, Connecticut for 3 years before heading back to Berkeley. He is a 2nd year PhD student in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at UC Berkeley, and he also has a spot in Yale Law School’s Class of 2021. Fall 2018, he will put the PhD on pause to go to YLS and pursue his JD. After finishing at YLS, the plan is to go back to Berkeley equipped with a dissertation idea, complete the prospectus, and then write the dissertation to finish his PhD. Lawrence’s disciplinary interests are in political science and law, and his research interests are in China law and politics.