Congratulations to the Emory Libraries’ 2020 Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award Honorees!

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We are very pleased to announce that Sienna Nordquist, Naomi Tesema, Adesola Thomas, and Anna Wachspress are this year’s recipients of the Emory Libraries’ Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award. The Atwood Award recognizes Emory College undergraduates in all disciplines who use the Emory Libraries’ collections and research resources in their original papers, digital projects, or posters and who show evidence of critical analysis in their research skills. All Atwood submissions must have been completed for a class assignment within the past year.

Our 2020 award recipients and their outstanding research projects are as follows:

Sienna Nordquist, class of 2020, international studies and economics major, received an Atwood Award for her paper, “The Effects of Targeted Foreign Aid on Clientelism: The Case of the European Recovery Program in Italy,” an assignment for Political Science 499: International Studies Honors Thesis.

The Atwood judges remarked that Sienna “made the most of the library resources available” and was flexible when her hypothesis took her research in a new direction.

Naomi Tesema, class of 2020, anthropology and human biology major, received an Atwood Award for her paper, “Mobile Phone Apps for HIV Prevention Among College-aged Black Women in Atlanta: Preferences and Prototype,” an assignment for Anthropology 495BW: Honors Research II.

Of Naomi, the Atwood judges observed that she was “passionate about her project and worked with multiple staff at the library,” both in the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and subject librarians.

Adesola Thomas, class of 2020, political science and English major, received an Atwood Award for her paper, “Understanding Mariah Parker’s Victory: Progressivism in Athens-Clarke County,” an assignment for Political Science 494W: Research Topics in Political Sciences: New Black Political Leadership which was further developed in an independent directed study with Dr. Andra Gillespie of the political science department.

The judges described Adesola’s approach to research as “ambitious.” Her research interview and data gathering were high effort pursuits.

Anna Wachspress, class of 2021, anthropology and human biology major, received an Honorable Mention for her paper, “Lori Loughlin and the College Admissions Scandal: Frame Analysis of Online Entertainment Magazines,” an assignment for Sociology 289: Crime and the Media.

The judges complimented Anna’s “strong research essay.” They also noticed that she “ventured into coding” and other “challenging research tasks.”

We hope that you will join us in congratulating these students!