4 UCSD Students Win Library Research Prize

Four undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego have received the 2008 Undergraduate Library Research Prize for their outstanding research skills. The prize, which is co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Libraries and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, includes cash awards of $1000 and $500 for upper and lower division students respectively.

“The winners of this year’s Undergraduate Library Research Prize reflect the high level of intellectual inquiry and accomplishment that UC San Diego has become known for,” said Penny Rue, UCSD’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

“The UC San Diego Libraries are pleased to recognize this year’s Library Research Prize award-winners,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UCSD. “They clearly demonstrated the outstanding research skills needed to achieve academic excellence at UCSD and beyond. Their thoughtful and strategic use of a wide range of library resources, from specialized databases and library bibliographic tools, to electronic journals and manuscript collections, was compelling.”

To be considered for the Undergraduate Libraries Research Prize, students are required to present their work at the annual UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference held in the spring.

In the social sciences, arts, and humanities, first prize went to Mary Tharin for her honors thesis on religion and politics in Pakistan at the end of the 20th century. An International Studies major with a double minor in political science and history, Tharin, who was nominated by Hasan Kayali, a professor of History, graduated in June of this year. She is currently interning as a research associate for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a nonprofit organization focused on foreign policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Second prize went to Michael Hirshman, a history major, who was nominated by UCSD History professor Cynthia Truant. Hirshman’s honors thesis on Napoleonic Spain traced the British and Spanish paths to war in 1804, which led to a key battle in the Napoleonic era and eventually to the Battle of Trafalgar. Hirshman is a senior and is spending his last year studying abroad in Spain, not far from the where the events he chronicled in his thesis took place.

Congratulations to Mary Tharin and Michael Hirshman!!

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