Thesis Awards 2003/2003
- Travis Austin Abele. The Evolution of Intravenous Fluid Therapy. Winner of the Albert Prize for best thesis relating to medicine. Good example of an essay combining history and physiology.
- Jay B. Blackman. Crossed Trails: The Origins of Ernie Pyle's 'The Death of Captain Waskow.' An exquisitely written account of two lives, based partly on original research.
- Daniel Booth. A Recommendation for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE). Shows how engineering research can lead to policy.
- Alexandra Chirinos. Domestic Abuse Against Immigrant Women. Based on research and case studies; an important essay that should affect policy.
- William A. Furgeson. Willie Nelson and the Austin Music Scene, 1972 to 1976. An extraordinary effort for one semester. Good research and writing.
- Benjamin Jacobs-Swearingen. The Nature, the Times, and the Teachings: Syncretism and Li Zhi's Search for Sageliness. Original research and translation at a professional level.
- Francesca Lo Russo. "I santi: portraits of the saints." Fascinating painting and a fine example of the use of text with original art, showing good use of time studying abroad.
- Scott Moorhead. A Man Killed by Kicking. A short story by Pablo Palacio, translated with notes by Scott Moorhead. A captivating translation with scholarly apparatus completed in one semester.
- Sarah Norris. From Palace to Prison: The Memoirs of George Nathaniel Nash. Exemplary use of source materials from the HRC; an original contribution to history.
- Courtney M. Novak. A Matter of Principle: Werner Heisenberg's Role in the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project. Illustrates how careful research can make a scholar change her mind. Elegantly written and presented.
- Jessica S. Ochoa. The Chicano Dropout Rate in Texas: Correlates, Effects, and Possible Solutions. A careful study with thoughtful recommendations, completed in one semester.
- Eric P. Sublett. Antitrust Policy Coordination: A Game-Theoretic Approach. Impressive development of new tools for solving an old problem.
- Elise Thompson. How God Became Real. A beautifully written memoir, taut and captivating. Deserves a wide readership.
- Travis Vandergriff. "Nosotros tenemos el don: Curanderismo and the Traditional Healers of Austin's Hispanic Community." Masterful original research, well presented.
UNIVERSITY CO-OP GEORGE H. MITCHELL STUDENT AWARDS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE WINNERS FROM THE PLAN II CLASS OF 2003
Grand Prize Winners Recipients of $20,000
Lauren E. Banta
Radio-Television-Film, Plan II Honors
Lauren was nominated by Dr. Paul Stekler for her documentary film “The Kiely Family”, an inspiring account of the everyday life of a foster family with six children - four of them with disabilities.