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UCI Libraries Announce Winners of 2011-12 Library-UROP Fellowship Awards

As part of campus-wide effort to support undergraduate research, The UCI Libraries, in cooperation with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, sponsor the Libraries-UROP Research Fellowship Awards. Co-funded by the Libraries' Nellie Ansley Reeves Award Endowed Fund and UROP, LURF awards provide recognition and support to selected fellows whose research projects make significant use of library resources, demonstrate creative applications of research methodology, or focus on research about the scholarly information process. The Fellowship provides up to $500 to encourage completion of the project. In addition to their faculty mentors, LURF Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with a research librarian who is a subject expert in the student's field of inquiry.

Faculty mentors can encourage their students to include information on how the students intend to make extensive, innovative or creative use of information resources in their UROP proposal. Submissions are judged on how well student researchers demonstrate:

  • Unusual depth or broadness in the use of library resources and collections, including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all media.
  • Extraordinary ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any medium that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future.
  • Demonstration of significant personal knowledge in the methods of research and inquiry.

The winners of the 2011-12 Library-UROP Fellowship Awards illustrate the diversity of projects that the Libraries have selected for recognition.

UCI Libraries-UROP Research Fellowship Award Winners 2011-12

  • Jillian Tempesta, $500 for “City of Sound: Reformist Fictions in Postwar Radio Dramas.”
  • Eddie Bonilla, $250 for "Taking a Left at the Chicano Movement."
  • Colleen Humfrevill, $250 for "Female Journalists, and their Budding Role with the Emergence of WWII."
  • Vileana De La Rosa, $250 for “Recreating and Rethinking La Voz: Analysis of Ethnic Student Media at UC Irvine and Beyond.”
  • Kimberly Lucas, $100 for “Los Angeles: Perfecting the ‘Art’ of Urban Movement and Transportation.”
  • Sophie Punkar, $100 for “Transphobia and the Prison Industrial Complex.”
  • Felipe Hernandez, $100 for “Narco-Corridos in Los Ángeles and Orange County: A New Audience, Local Performers, and Narco Culture.”
  • Jane Chung, $100 for “Political Science, Religious Studies, Preservation of Juche through Propaganda.”
  • Amanda Ghattas, $100 for “LGBTQ Rights and Conservative Ideology: Today’s Political Clash.”

    More information about the UCI Libraries-Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Research Fellowship Awards (LURF) is available on the Libraries website at https://www.lib.uci.edu/about/projects/urop/undergraduate-research-opportunities-program.html or contact Cathy Palmer (x44972 or cpalmer@uci.edu).


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