Hofstra University Library
Undergraduate Library Research Award
About the Award
Established in 1997 by the Hofstra University Library faculty, the Undergraduate Library Research Award (ULRA) recognizes excellence in academic research by a graduating senior.
Three awards of $500 each will be given for academic papers demonstrating exemplary research authored by seniors scheduled to graduate in May 2017. An award will be given for an outstanding paper in each of the three academic disciplines: Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Past winners have come from the departments of Fine Arts, History, Music, Political Science, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Global Studies & Geography, and Psychology.
In addition to the $500 prize, winning papers are published on the ULRA website during the academic year following the granting of the award, and winning authors are featured in Hofstra Horizons for Undergraduate Research magazine.
All papers must be nominated by the faculty member for whom the paper was written. Papers with multiple authors and papers written in foreign languages are welcomed. Papers are read carefully by a faculty selection committee. Submissions that demonstrate exceptional academic research practices and extraordinary selection and use of research resources are rewarded.
Please read all guidelines carefully. Things to note:
- Faculty must submit a Turnitin.com originality report for each paper submitted at the time the online submission is made.
- Faculty may sponsor more than one submission.
- Students may submit more than one paper, but only one paper per course, per discipline, and only one award to a student.
- Students may submit papers authored solely as well as co-authored papers, but the papers must be from different courses.
- Multiple authors need to submit individual submission forms, but only one copy of a co-authored paper need be submitted.
- Foreign language papers must be accompanied by a 1,000 word English language summary.
Please see the guidelines for complete instructions.
Student Submission Form (Must be printed out, signed, and given to sponsoring faculty.)
Faculty Submission Form (Requires logging into the my.hofstra.edu portal.)
2017 ULRA Recipients
Winners are listed in alphabetical order according to the student-author's last name.
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Sarah Gerwens. “Anglicisms - Nein Danke? Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Occurrence and Usage of English Loanwords in Contemporary German” for Prof. Zilkia Janer, GS100: Global Studies.
SCIENCES: Richard Myers. “On the Dressing of String Solutions” for Prof. Benjamin Burrington, PHYS100: Physics and Astronomy.
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Carmen Pestano. “Cayuco and Euro Crises: Changing EU Governance of Migration Policy?” for Prof. Carolyn Dudek, PSC100: Political Science.
2016 Winner: Maryum Alam. "When Does Counterinsurgency Work? An Analysis of Counterinsurgency Campaigns After 1945" for Prof. Paul Brian Fritz, PSC100: Political Science.
2016 Winner: Angelika Rafalowsky. "Structural Determinants of Cephamycinase Activity in FOX-4 Cephamycinase" for Prof. Scott Travis Lefurgy, BCHM183: Biochemical Research.
2016 Winner: Nicole Speth. "Female Homoeroticism in the Roman Empire: How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Disruption of a Phallocentric Model of Sexuality?" for Prof. Daniel Smith, CLL197: Humanities.
2015 Winner: Irina R. Fanarraga. "Mental Health Courts: An Effective Criminal Diversion Alternative," for Dr, Robin A Flaton, PSY100: Psychology.
2015 Winner Victoria G. Neely. "Presidential Personality: Cases in Foreign Policymaking," for Dr. Meenekshi Bose, PSC100: Political Science.
2015 Honorable Mention: Robert Vanderbeek. "The Refutation of Idealism: Kant’s Empirical Realism," for Prof. Terry Godlove, Honors Thesis, PHI193: Philosophy.
2015 Honorable Mention: Anna Pendleton. "Comparing Patterns of lexical Accommodation in New York City Spanish," for Dr. Vicente Lledo-Guillem, Honors Thesis, SPAN197: Romance Languages and Literatures.
2015 Honorable Mention: Cristina Cortez. "The Emergence of Magical Realism: The History of Latin America Embedded in Words [La historia de la historia Latinoamericana]," for Dr. Brenda J Elsey, Honors Thesis, HIST100: History.
2014 Winner: Katherine Pachnos. "G'day, Gothic!: The British Gothic, Cloudstreet, and Contemporary Australian Consciousness," for Dr. Scott B. Harshbarger, Honors Essay, ENGL199: English.
2014 Winner: Patrick Tierney. "Practical Skepticism, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love to Doubt," for Dr. Mark V. McEvoy, Honors Thesis, PHL193: Philosophy.
2014 Honorable Mention: Elizabeth L. Driscoll. "Here to Stay: Guidelines for a Legal and Balanced Compromise on the Use of Drones," for Dr. Kari Jensen, Honors Essay, GS100: Global Studies and Geography.
2014 Honorable Mention: Ross Nikides. "The Summit Series, Wayne Gretzky, and the Globalization of Hockey: From national Culture to a Global Business," for Dr. Brenda J. Elsey, Honors Essay, HIST100: History.
2014 Honorable Mention: Benjamin Schaefer. "Mostar: Building Bridges between Ethnic Tensions," for Dr. Sally D. Charnow, Honors Essay, HIST100: History.
2013 Winner: Ashley Rothbart. "A Figure Study: Depictions of King David in Renaissance and Baroque Art," for Dr. Claire K. Lindgren, Honors Essay, AH100: Art History.
2013 Winner: Jesse Crosson. "The 'Art of the Possible': No Child Left Behind, the Affordable Care Act, and Bipartisanship in the Twenty-First Century," for Dr. Meenekshi Bose, Honors Essay, PSC100: Political Science.
2013 Honorable Mention: Ian-Paul A. Poulos. "Employee Ownership in America: An Examination of Equity, Voice, and Job Quality," for Dr. Gregory E. DeFreitas, Honors Essay, LABR199: Labor and Democracy.
2012 Winner: William Barna, II. “U.S. Military Intervention for Humanitarian Purposes: Exception to Policy or an Emerging Norm?,” for Dr. Paul Brian Fritz, Honors Thesis, PSC100: Political Science.
2012 Winner: Etana Jacobi. “iGlobalization: Kodak, Apple, and the Evolution of U.S. Employment from 1960 to 2012,” for Dr. Grant R. Saff, Honors Thesis, GS100: Global Studies.
2011 Winner: Alex Moore, "Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Creation of American Dance, 1619-1950.” for Prof. Dyane Harvey-Salaam, Honors Thesis, Global Studies 180
2011 Winner: Brendan Barnes, "Enter Pirates: The Role of Piracy in Late Elizabethan Drama.” for Prof. Vimala C. Pasupathi, Honors Essay, English 199
2010 Winner: Jason Curreri, "The Question of Assimilation Defined from Cherokee and Euro-American Perspectives,” for Prof. Karyn Valerius, Honors Essay, ENG199
2009 Winner: Amanda Braverman, "Personality Aspects and Blame Style of Singers with Performance Anxiety,” for Prof. Michael J. Barnes, PSY100
2008 Winner: Jessica Knobler, "Photography, Politics, and the Holocaust 1920-1950," for Prof. Sally Charnow, HIS100
2003 Winner: Lisa B. Ross, "The Role of Word Class in the Attrition of School Learned French: are Nouns or Verbs More Likely to be Lost?," for Prof. Evelyn Altenberg, SPCH100
2002 Winner: Laura Vosswinkel, "Government Response to the Pullman Strike," for Prof. Susan Yohn, HIS185
2001 Winner: Janine Vannata, "Jasper Johns' Paintings and the Habit of Perception," Prof. Laurie Fendrich, UHP020
2000 Winner: Christopher Doherty, "Johannes Brahms and Idiomatic Writing for the Horn," Prof. Howard Cinnamon, MUS100
1999 Winner: David Creed, "Fooled by 'A Dream': The Strategic Defense Initiative's Role in Ending the Cold War," for Prof. Meena Bose, PSC134
1998 Winner: Donnalynn Gazza, "The Chemical Weapons Convention: An International Paradigm of Cooperation," for Prof. Meena Bose, PSC134