University of California Education Abroad Program Recognizes Undergraduate ResearchDATE: 6/1/2011
The 2011 UCEAP Undergraduate Research Award competition recognizes four students representing a range of disciplines and study sites worldwide.
Santa Barbara, CA (June 2011)—The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) recently announced the results of the 2011 UCEAP Undergraduate Research Award competition. Two first-place awardees and two honorable mention awardees were selected from a field of 21 applications representing a range of disciplines and study sites worldwide.
"We believe these students’ research exemplifies the kind of powerful learning outcomes from education abroad that UCEAP seeks to promote," Jean-Xavier Guinard, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program.
UCEAP partners with top-ranked universities, institutes, and faculty in 35 countries around the globe, offering over 250 programs of varied design, duration, and location. Its mission is to equip UC students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills for work and life in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.
First place recognition was awarded to the following:
Carmon Reynolds (UC Santa Barbara – major in English) studied in the UK Immersion Program at Queen Mary, University of London. His research focused on Charles Dickens’ interpretations of the world outside of London. Careful readings of Dickens’ work and wide explorations of archival sources enabled Reynolds to address a topic often overlooked in critical discussions of Dickens’ representations of place.
Richard Hong (UC San Diego – double major in Political Science-IR and Latin American Studies) conducted his research in the Field Research Program in Mexico, working at the research site in Chiapas. His project explores the manner in which Central American transmigrants have responded to the expanding enforcement presence of Mexican authorities along the border with Guatemala.
Honorable mentions were awarded to the following:
Melissa Schmitt (UC Santa Cruz – Ecology and Evolution major) enrolled in the University KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermartizburg, South Africa, who investigated such anti-predator behaviors as group formation and vigilance among the Burchell’s zebras of the southern African savannas.
Lisa Corsetto (UC Davis – Economics and International Agriculture Development) at the Oaxaca research site of Mexico’s Field Research Program, examined the impact of the Mexican government’s largest poverty alleviation program in the context of a rural community in Oaxaca.
Applications were reviewed for quality of research concept and execution, integral and innovative use of resources at the study site, quality of presentation, distinctiveness of the research, and quality of faculty support. The UCEAP selection committee consisted of:
Russell Jones, Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
Heidi Tinsman, Professor of History, UC Irvine
Ben Crow, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz
Melody Knutson, Systemwide Office Regional Director
Karen Mead, Systemwide Office Regional Director
Eva Bilandzia, Systemwide Office Academic Specialist
Monica Rocha, Systemwide Office Academic Specialist
"Both first place winners have been nominated by systemwide UCEAP to compete in the Forum on Education Abroad’s Undergraduate Research Awards," Guinard said. "We wish them both good luck in that national competition."