Congratulations to third-year students in History, who received 53 percent of PRISM research grants awarded by the College this spring!

PRISMs help undergraduate students develop independent academic research projects. The average grant is $1,500, but each proposal is considered individually for amounts up to $2,500. Many of this year's awardees are double majors and pursuing History's research track (writing a BA thesis).  I wish everyone fun and discoveries as they pursue their projects:

Rebecca Cunningham, History/Poli Sci, will work on her thesis, “Law in War: The Application of Laws during the Anglo-Irish War.”

Tom Hao, History/EALC, will work on his thesis, “Everyday Life in Shanghai under Japanese Occupation, 1937–1945."

Austin Keating, History, will work on his thesis, “Comparative Histories of University of Chicago and Columbia University’s Role in Urban Renewal."

Meredith McDonough, History/Econ, will work on a portion of her thesis involving oil and the Mexican Revolution: “A Critique of Timothy Mitchell’s Carbon Democracy: Oil, Labor, and Power.”

Breck Radulovic, History/Religious Studies, another thesis writer, will consider William T. Stead's If Christ Came to Chicago.

Jennifer Wang, History/Visual Arts, will consider another Mexican topic for her thesis, “Labor, Exoticism, and Belonging: Chinese Migrants in Mexico City."

Felipe Bomeny, Creative Writing/History, will pursue a creative-writing project, “Confederados."

Kate Hodge, Anthro/History, is studying “Religious Impact on Incan and Pre-Incan Architecture."

Finally, Andy Cohen, History/Math, received both a PRISM and a Scheidel PRISM; he had to pick one. Andy will pursue his Scheidel project, "Embodied History: A Contemporary Dance Project,” which he will work on when not researching his History thesis on Darwin's theory of natural selection.

Seidel Scholars PRISMs gives students the opportunity to explore a career-related individual project with the hope of inspiring students to translate their academic interests into careers outside of an academic setting.

By Joanne M. Berens, MFA '93, jberens @ uchicago dot edu.