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LLILAS Grad Nominated for Outstanding Thesis Award

Posted: May 3, 2007

LLILAS master’s graduate Mason McWatters has been selected as a finalist for the Outstanding Thesis/Report Award presented by the University Co-op. This award recognizes master's graduates for their distinguished scholarship, research, and writing.

The awards are given in three areas: humanities and fine arts; social sciences, business, and education; and physical sciences, engineering, and biological and life sciences. Each award includes a $4,000 prize and a plaque, which will be presented when the winners are announced at a May 16 banquet at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin.

Mason, who graduated from LLILAS in Summer 2006 with a concentration in geography, wrote his thesis on “(De)Constructing Paradise: Assessing Residents' Place Experiences during an Era of Residential Tourism Development in Boquete, Panama.” His thesis supervisors were Prof. Paul Adams (Geography) and Prof. Virginia Garrard-Burnett (History).

Regarding his selection as a finalist for this prestigious award, Mason says, “I feel incredibly honored and thrilled just to be considered for this award. It is a very rewarding experience to be recognized for my work after investing so much into the project. The interdisciplinary design of the LLILAS master's program—and the diversity of knowledge and perspectives that it allows a student to acquire—had a profoundly positive impact on both the direction and outcome of my work. I am indebted to the extraordinary faculty and resources that were made available to me at UT. This is a great capstone to the enriching experience I had at LLILAS.”

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