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Where Are They Now Wednesday: Janelle Lee

Janelle Lee from the University of Alberta was a Highly Commended Entrant in 2015 in the Social Sciences as well as the Earth & Environmental Sciences categories.

The last few years have been quite an adventure for Janelle! In 2015, she completed an eight-month internship with the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya, with her work focused on "using interactive theatre as a tool for urban youth engagement in East African cities and incorporating young people’s perspectives into policy development". She also travelled to Turkana County in northern Kenya to conduct stakeholder interviews on oil development in the region and to investigate challenges and opportunities associated with resource development.

Where Are They Now: Matthew Silberman

Matthew Silberman from Princeton University was a Highly Commended Entrant in 2016 in the Philosophy category for his paper entitled "Generalizations about Danger, Dangerous Generalizations: A Comprehensive Model of Stereotype Avoidance".

He also attended the 2016 Undergraduate Awards Global Summit, which he said was "the greatest gift". You can listen back to his reflection on the 2016 Summit here.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Maansi Jain

Maansi Jain from New York University was Highly Commended in 2013 in the Visual Arts category for her work entitled “Cut Photo Series”.

Since then, she has been keeping busy with several projects and publications.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Katie Hill's work with Children's Hospices

Katie Hill from Trinity College Dublin was the winner of the Nursing & Midwifery category all the way back in 2011 for a paper entitled "Paediatric Palliative Care in Ireland."

Since then she's been doing some amazing work!

"After winning in 2011, my passion for children’s palliative care has blossomed. The whole Undergraduate Awards experience was brilliant and allowed me to connect with so many inspiring people.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Rebecca Watts and Solar Energy!

Rebecca Watts from Australian National University was the Oceania Regional Winner of the Engineering category in 2016 for her paper: "The design and implementation of Solar Home Systems in rural Cambodia"
She's been doing some amazing work!
Rebecca Watts at the UA Global Summit 2016

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Joanna Batsakis' Jewellery and Journals!

Joanna Elena Batsakis from Monash University was the 2016 Oceania Regional Winner for Art History, Music, Film & Theatre for her paper:

“YO MOOKIE! STAY BLACK!” – A comparison in the cinematic realism and fantasy of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Miguel Gomes’ Tabu

Let's see what she's been up to since!


This year I will begin my PhD degree in Cinema Studies, in Melbourne, Australia. My thesis will analyse the directorial works of my favourite artist, Dennis Hopper. My writing is different in the film academic field because I combine two disciplines - film theory along with visual art theory - allowing for a network of theoretical frameworks to inform each other in my analysis.

My PhD will analyse how Hopper documented the creative, political and social tensions within particular sub and minority cultures across the globe as a photographer, where he then used and translated his photographic studies into cinematic projects either during his time as a director or as an actor. Hardly any academic research has been published in regards to Hopper’s cinema works, and I hope to draw attention to this important area of study.

Outside of academic writing, I am also a jewellery designer. I create under my own label, ‘mitchumvsbogart jewellery' (named after Robert Mitchum and Humphrey Bogart). My designs are a mixed-media approach to costume jewellery. Each piece is for the most part, inspired by cinema in some way - but some of my pieces are more personal, for example, inspired by the works of my favourite painter Julian Schnabel, or by figures of history such as Cleopatra and Mark Antony, or other surrealist designers I aspire to be like, such as Delfina Delettrez.

In March 2017, the Australian film journal Senses of Cinema published two articles of mine. The first is a ‘Great Directors’ paper I wrote about Dennis Hopper, which introduces and analyses his 6 directorial works for anyone to read. The second is an annotation about Robert Mitchum titled ‘The Philosophy of Mitchum: Fatal Poet’. Finally, I am writing a chapter for an upcoming edited book Screening Scarlett Johansson. My chapter ‘La Bella Figura: Scarlett Johansson’s performance as an Italian cultural icon’, will discuss Johansson’s work with in relation to Sofia Coppola, Federico Fellini and Martin Scorsese."

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Susanne Wawra

Susanne Wawra from the National College of Art & Design, Ireland was Highly Commended in 2016 in the Visual Arts & Design category for her work entitled

"Memento" - A Series of Mixed Media Paintings"

Susanne was one of four artists featured in the Irish Times' list of "50 people to watch in 2017"

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Submit to the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration!

Klaudia Wegschaider from the University of British Columbia was Highly Commended in 2015 for two papers:

"The Wave Metaphor in Scholarly Democratization Discourse: An Argument for a More Diverse Set of Metaphors" in Language & Linguistics 

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Cisse Nakeyar

Cisse Nakeyar from Western University in Canada was Highly Commended in the Psychology category in 2015 for his paper "Effects of Caffeine on Memory in Rats" and in 2016 for "Evidence Based Care for Iraqi, Kurdish, and Syrian Asylum Seekers and Refugees of the Syrian Civil War: A Systematic Review"
Let's see how he's been doing!

"I am currently in my last year at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada and I am conducting my final thesis project.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Alex Loktionov on Egyptology & Donald Trump!

Alex Loktionov from the University of Cambridge was Highly Commended in 2014 in the Classical Studies category for his paper A cippus of "Horus on the crocodiles."