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UHPers Dominate Rice, Gamow, and Provost/OVPR Research Prizes!

30 Apr

Congratulations to the winners of the George Gamow, Luther Rice and Provost/OVPR research prizes! Honors students made up 22% of the winners of these prestigious awards, while the UHP makes up less than 5% of the total student population at GW.

UHPers Adam Bethke and Michelle Kuhn received the Provost/ OVPR Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

UHPers Madison Boggs, Alexandra Kralick, Julia Wagner and Hannah Wendling were selected for the Gamow Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. The Gamow provides funding to undergraduates who submit a proposal with a faculty member to conduct research, scholarship or creative activity.

UHPers Jeremy Barr, Jeffrey Messina, Josh Rivers and Paul Seltzer won the Luther Rice Collaborative Fellowship, which requires a significant, focused examination of an idea or an area of inquiry. The research should result in work that could merit presentation or publication in a scholarly venue.

Also, congratulations to the five UHP freshman whose writings on the summer reading, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, were chosen for the anthology. Kevin Frey, Shira Herald, Jacob Learned, Michelle Stuhlmacher and Brooke Talbot were among 16 freshman chosen to have their responses published. If you’d like to read their pieces, we have a copy in the townhouse for your perusal!

Something You Did – Take II [Profs on the Town]

7 Oct

This post is written by UHPer Paul Seltzer

I really enjoy minimally-priced things, especially when those things are cultural outings that end in giant brownie sundaes from Kramerbooks.

Luckily, my Arts and World Cultures class and I had the opportunity to experience this type of outing with our wonderful instructor, Professor Cheryl Vann, in the UHP-sponsored “Professors on the Town” field trip.

We went to Theater J to see the play Something You Did, about a 1960’s radical who has been locked up for decades after being found guilty for being an accomplice to detonating a bomb that killed a police officer.  The story is not-so-loosely based off of real characters; it is essentially an imagined scenario if Kathy Boudin, a former member of the Weather Underground, ever confronted David Horowitz, a former leftist and a current slimeball.

It was great to see a play that was both academically and culturally relevant.  We’ve been discussing in class how art, in its portrayal of heroes and heroics, can act as a purveyor of political ideology. The question of who is a hero in Something You Did continually plagues the characters.  Also, the conflict between New Left and neoconservative viewpoints, especially in the latter’s demonization of the former, echoed the current mainstream media discourse that both creates and panders to the current atmosphere of American politics.

As I mentioned before, our trip ended with dessert at Kramerbooks in DuPont Circle, courtesy of the UHP.  I ate a brownie sundae the size of a small dog.  Sooooooooo delicious!

Thanks to the UHP and Professor Vann for a great day!