This is the archive of the annual Undergraduate Research Awards winners and finalists. The awards were established in 2011 for the recognition of exemplary student research projects completed in Hollins courses. These research projects showcase extensive and creative usage of the library’s resources; the ability to synthesize those resources in completing the project; and growth in the student’s research skills.

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Winners and Finalists from 2017

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Discursive Mapping: Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and Thomas Jefferson’s Construction of Selfhood and Otherness, Monica Doebel

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Spiritual Essentialism at Standing Rock, Yitazba Largo-Anderson

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The Role of Trade and Renewables in the Nexus of Economic Growth and Environmental Degradation: Revisiting the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan

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An Impossible Standard: The Virgin Mary and the Construction of Southern Womanhood, Dean Symmonds

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An examination of medicinal ethnobotany and biomedicine use in two villages on the Phnom Kulen plateau, Taylor Walker

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Coming Together as ONE: How a Los Angeles Magazine Fostered the LGBT Community, Gina Wiese

Winners and Finalists from 2016

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Feminism in Revolution: Women of the 19th Century Anti-Tsarist Movements, Kayley DeLong

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Nasser of Egypt and the Egypt of Nasser, Pria G. Jackson

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Art as Propaganda in Ancient Greece: The Feeding of the Greek Soldier’s Ego, Judith M. Lamb

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A Quandary of Errors: The Problem of Innocence in Paradise Lost, Mandy Moore

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A Matter of Class: Sin Yun-bok’s Depictions of Kisaeng as Participants of Everyday Life, Abigail Sease

Winners and Finalists from 2015

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The Feasibility of a Terraforming Expedition, Maura Lydon

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Darlings In Love: A History of Romance Between Women at Hollins University in the Early 20th Century, Antonia Nagle

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The Case for Women in Financial Services, Thao Thanh Nguyen

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Healing Through Hope: A Rhetorical Analysis of Barack Obama’s National Eulogies, Victoria West

Winners and Finalists from 2014

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Higher Education, Higher Costs: An Income-Contingent Approach, Catherine Hensly

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Female Activism: Reevaluating Traditional Buddhist Patriarchy in Chinese Occupied Tibet, Mikaela Murphy

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Advice or Consent: The U. S. Senate's Role in Confirming Supreme Court Nominees and the Robert H. Bork Confirmation Hearing, Marjory O'Leary

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Anxiety of the Unknown in Art: Xu Bing's A Book from the Sky, Abigail Sease

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A Style of His Own: A Rhetorical Analysis of President Barack Obama's Inaugural Addresses, Victoria West

Winners and Finalists from 2013

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Madame Tussaud and the Women of the French Revolution, Leah Craig

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Playing Politics with Rape: Republican Apologia in the 2012 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, Kelsey DeForest

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Proceed to Olympus: The Iconography of the Return of Hephaestus, Catherine Hensly

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The Beginning of the End: A Look at the Causes of the Schism in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Rebecca Rowe

Winners and Finalists from 2012

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Kalligeneia: Fertility and Feminine Focus on an Athenian Bell Krater, Suzanne Allison

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Decision Height: a Three-Act Play with Music, Meredith Levy

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The McVitty Book of Hours; Finding a Link to the Illustrations, Ashton Little

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"Gone but not Forgotten": A Study of Gravestone Imagery and Iconography in Southwest Virginian Cemeteries, Amanda Marcus

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The Complexity of Kadmos, Abbey Minor

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Millicent Garrett Fawcett: Leader of the Constitutional Women's Suffrage Movement in Great Britain, Cecelia Parks

Winners and Finalists from 2011

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Imperial Performativity: the Life, Transgressions, and Writings of Isabelle Eberhardt under the Lens of Queer Theory, Kelsey DeForest

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Absurdity as Resistance in Arab Literature, Melissa Hammond

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Living in the Dark in Nepal, Raisha Kasaju

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"We Endure Around Truths Immemorially Posited”: a Dramaturgical Research Analysis on Brian Friel’s Linguistic-Historical Drama “Translations”, Meredith Levy

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A Unique and Mysterious Shahnama Miniature, Sarah Mirseyedi

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Why God, Why? A Defense of the Contradictory God in Paradise, Amber Rambharose