“I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future" ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Business is a popular category for submissions at The Undergraduate Awards, with entries covering a multitude of topics within the subject. Business originally shared a category with economics but due to the wealth of submissions in both disciplines, they each became categories in their own right in 2014. This category has seen some pioneering studies over the years and todays post will focus on some of the winning and highly commended submissions in recent years that used the their papers to shine a light on poignant social problems such as gender inequality, blood donation shortages and pollution.
Melissa Hughes from Western University was Highly Commended in the Social Sciences category in 2015 for her paper, “The Westray Mine Incident: Corporate Violence and Governmental Crime as the Roots of Disaster.”
Since graduating from Western University in June 2015, she has moved to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to pursue a Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability, and she is currently also working for the Federal Government at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) as a Junior Environmental Assistant. As one of the largest Government of Canada departments, PSPC is one of the Government's primary common service providers; accordingly, she works within National Portfolio and Asset Management in order to ensure there are effective environmental components embedded in real property investment decision-making and, more generally, in the services they provide to their numerous client departments.
The literature category is a very popular here at The Undergraduate Awards. The category is filled with papers that cover a wide range of topics.
Erika Davis from McGill University was Highly Commended in 2015 in the Music, Film, Theatre & Art History category and in 2014 in the Media & The Arts category.
She was Highly Commended for her papers “Space-Space: How Artists Have Attempted to Change Human Understandings of ‘The Final Frontier’” and "You Really Shouldn’t Have: A Critique of the Gift Shop’s Exemption from Cultural Education".
In 2017, it was decided that Art History & Theory should constitute a category in its own right, because of the number and quality of papers submitted on the subject. Previously, students of Art History could submit their work to the Art History, Music, Film & Theatre category. From medieval manuscripts to modern sculptures, this category covers all academic writing on the subject of Art.
Carly Welham from University of British Columbia was the 2014 Global Winner in the Cultural Studies category.
Carly is a community-based researcher and health activist living in Vancouver, Canada. After completing her undergraduate degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, she undertook a Masters of Public Health specialising in Indigenous Health. Carly’s graduate research explored how environmental health impacts food security and reproductive health.
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.