Undergraduate students from the University of Southern Mississippi made presentations on their scholarly efforts at the inaugural College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Conference April 17 in the Liberal Arts Building.
Forty-one participants showcased research before an audience of their peers in several different fields of study in the college, including mass communication and journalism, English, history, anthropology, sociology, political science and philosophy. The conference was organized entirely by student members of the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. Top student presenters won awards and prize money for research papers.
Award winners are as follows:
Best Use of Statistical Methods Award ($700 prize): Beth Alexander, mass
communication and journalism major, for the paper "Scream Queens: The Evolution of the Female Role in American Horror Films."
Best Use of Oral History or Interviewing Methods Award ($700 prize): Gordon Sullivan, double major in sociology and psychology, for the paper "'Find Me on Facebook!': Students' Friending Behavior on Facebook.com."
Best Paper on a Gender Issue Award ($700 prize): Stephanie Seal, history major, for the paper "And Then There's Maude: An Evaluation of Empress Matilda and Women's Roles in Medieval England."
Best Paper on Race or Ethnicity Award ($700 prize): Denise DeSadier, anthropology major, for the paper "The Subtle Paths of Change: The Development of an Ethnographer."
Best Oral Delivery Award ($700 prize): Bryana Allen, history major, for the paper “Surviving Cultural Genocide: The Significance of Indian Rights Organization in the History of American Indian Education.”
Best Undergraduate Paper of the Year Award ($900 prize): Hannah Ryan, English and math double major, for the paper "Psychoanalysis, Indeterminacy, and the Destruction of Religious Binaries in Bram Stoker's Dracula."
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.