The Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize was created to recognize the outsanding BA thesis or independent research projects from 2018 that takes the city or region of Chicago as its primary subject of inquiry.
Students from all academic disciplines were encourged to submit their work to be reviewed by a faculty committee. The top six candidates were invited to present their research at the inaugral Chicago Studies Research Colloquium, and the winner was awarded $500 and automatic acceptance into the Chicago Studies Annual.
The top six candidates were (from L to R):
Hannah Edgar (Music): "Chicago On the Aisle: Claudia Cassidy's Music Criticism and Legacy"
Valeria Stutz (Geographical Studies): "Space for Whom? Negotiating Displacement and Development: The Obama Presidential Center and the South Side CBA Coalition"
Madeline Anderson (Public Policy): "What Makes an Ideal Reparations Package? A Typological Examination of Reparations for Jon Burge Torture Survivors"
Elizabeth Dia (History): "Motherhood en Acción: Gender, Latinidad, and Community Action in Pilsen, 1973-1987"
Cecilia Santos (Art History): "River City (1968-1986) and the Form of Urban Redevelopment in Chicago's South Loop"
Alyssa Rodriguez (Anthropology): "Statecraft, Race, and the Ethics of Care: US Army Recruiting in Chicago"
Maddie Anderson was the first-ever winner of the Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize, and you can read her work in the upcoming Chicago Studies Annual.
Due to the excellent caliber of all the finalists work, they were all offered to be published in the Chicago Studies Annual journal, be sure to keep an eye out for their work!
The Chicago Studies Research Colloquium was co-hosted by the College, the Office of Civic Engagement, Program on the Global Environment and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation.