Undergraduate Awards

2018 Awards

Adina Goldman has won the 2017-2018 Kaplan Institute Franke Undergraduate Fellowship for her thesis project:  “Do the Dead Know?” The Living and the Lively Dead in Rabbinic and Early Christian Literature”

Project description: “In Jewish Talmudic writings, the dead can feel physical pain and experience the emotional sting of insult. And among early Christians, the relics of saints were prized for the miraculous healing powers ascribed to them even in death. My project will explore these hazy boundaries between life and death in the religious literature of Late Antiquity. I will especially focus on the graveyard as a site of unique permeability, because it represented the physical point of contact between the realms of the living and the dead. Through my work I will attempt to answer the question: what does it mean for the dead to live on?”

Matthew Griffin has won a summer Undergraduate Research Grant for his thesis project on Moon Knight, mysticism and mythology.

Project description: “My thesis is on a 1980s Marvel comic book series about a man who believes an ancient Egyptian moon deity is telling him to become a superhero. The titular character also displays symptoms of mental illnesses, which complicate his story and blur the lines between religious experience and mental illness. I see Moon Knight as a combination of traditional religious interests, such as the interaction between man and god, with more modern concerns, such as diagnosing mental illness and the cultural resonance of the superhero archetype.“

2017 Awards

Phillip Davis has won the Religious Studies Department Edmund Perry Award for the best Essay titled "Campus Kingdoms: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of Theological Tensions in Evangelical College Ministry". (Faculty Advisor: Robert Orsi)

Delaney Burlingame has won the Religious Studies Department Charisma Award.

2016 Awards

Alexa Klein-Mayer has won the Religious Studies Department Edmund Perry Award for the best Essay titled "Grasping the Roots: The Radical Syncretism of Marxism and Buddhism in the Lives of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama".

Jonathan Schild has won the Religious Studies Department Charisma Award.

2015 Awards

Jonathan Schild has won the Religious Studies Department Edmund Perry Award for the best Essay titled "“The Question of Substance-Attribute Identity in Spinoza's Ethics.”".

Diana Rawles has won the Religious Studies Department Charisma Award.

2014 Awards

Krishni Metivier has won the Religious Studies Department award of The Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society in Religion Award for her essay, "Strong of Heart: Women in the Hare Krishna Movement". (Faculty Advisor: Sarah Taylor).

Philip McPeek has won the Religious Studies Department Edmund Perry Award for the best Essay titled "Gottlob Harrer’s Cross-Confessional La Passione del Nostro Signore: A Musical, Theological, and Historical Examination".
(Faculty Advisor: Christine Helmer)

Andy Sutton has won the Religious Studies Department Charisma Award.

2013 Awards

Jordan Wohlner has won the Religious Studies Department Edmund Perry Award for the best Essay titled "International Mission Trips and Social Ethics in the Roman Catholic Church".
(Faculty Advisor: Cristina Traina Rel St / William Murphy Anthropology)

Michael DeBaets has won the Religious Studies Department Charisma Award.

2012 Awards

Kathleen Stevens has won the Religious Studies Department award of Most Innovative Research for her essay, "She built a church, great and distinguished, in the wilderness": Saint Monenna and Her Relation to Roman Orthodoxy. (Faculty Advisor: Richard Kieckhefer)

Patricia Lawlis has won the Religious Studies Department Edmund Perry Award for the best Essay titled "Samson: A Study in Artistic Interpretation".
(Faculty Advisor: George Bond)

Lisa Wang has won the Religious Studies Department Charisma Award.

2011 Summer URG Winners

Allison Manley, “Buddhist Themes in Contemporary America: Adapting Buddhist Jataka Tales into Contemporary Short Stories”. (Faculty Advisor: Brian Bouldrey)

Kaitlin Meyer, “Body Image among Jewish Women”. (Faculty Advisor: Renee Engeln-Maddox)

Other News and Awards

Three of our majors have been selected to present research projects at this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium. Emily Raymond and Lewis Wallace will present their honors theses. Makoa Kawabata was selected for the Undergraduate Research Symposium to present his research paper from the Advanced Senior Seminar in Theories of Religion.

Kawabata has also won an Undergraduate Research Grant to turn his paper theorizing religion and practical identity into an article-length academic monograph for journal publication in the Journal for the Study of Method and Theory of Religion. Makoa also directs his own NU TV television program about zombies called, "(Un)dead Seriously."

Sasha Bayan K. has a double major in Guitar Performance and Religious Studies and was selected for the URG to study Flamenco in Sevilla.

Caroline Perry received an Undergraduate Research Award for her project, "The Ethics and Moral Theology of Forgiveness in Intimate Partner Violence: A Feminist Approach." Perry has also recently been invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa Society.