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The Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award

Dean McCombs with the Weils

Larrie and Bobbi Weil, Provost Paul Ludden, Dean Gillian McCombs

About the Award

The Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award for excellence in library research is given annually. All undergraduate students are eligible, based on a research project completed during the preceding calendar year.

Members of the faculty, in reading and grading undergraduate research papers, choose papers for nomination. Nominated papers should demonstrate depth and breadth in the use of library research materials and clear evidence of thoughtful command of these resources. Faculty members should notify students of their intent to nominate papers.

Eligibility

  • Students must be registered for the semester in which the award is presented.
  • Any papers from a course, program or project from the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters (calendar year) are eligible for the award.
  • Papers must be written in English and have one author.

How to Submit an Application

  • Faculty members must nominate Weil Award submissions.
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted; please attach the paper as a Word or PDF document and send to  Elizabeth Killingsworth (elizabethk@mail.smu.edu), with 'undergraduate research award submission' in the subject line
  • Submissions should include the student's name, course, project or program for which the paper was submitted, and faculty member's name and contact information.
  • When submitting a student's work, faculty should reference the rubric and briefly explain how the work excels in these areas. 
  • Papers will be accepted for consideration if received before February 3rd, 2017. The award committee will meet to review submissions and determine the winning paper.

The winning student will receive a $500 cash prize and will have an opportunity to be published in the SMU Journal of Undergraduate Research. The winning paper will be placed in the SMU Archives in DeGolyer Special Collections Library, and electronic copies of previous winning papers will be available via this webpage and SMU Scholar. The award will be presented at the following spring's Honors Convocation.

Current and past recipients

 

2017

Marisa Infante
The Amazons of Exekias and Eupolis: Demystifying Changes in Gender Roles

Assistant Professor Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper, ARHS 4310

Lee Downen - 2016 Award Recepient

2016

Lee Downen
Reading Chaucer with Charity: A Hermeneutical Proposal

Professor Dr. Bonnie Wheeler, ENGL 4323

 

2015

No recipient.
2014 winner

2014

Kyle Lemons
The Shale Revolution and OPEC: Potential Economic Implications of Shale Oil for OPEC and Member Countries

2013 winner

2013

Rachel Stonecipher
Reforming Relationships in the Late Italian Renaissance: The Protofeminism of Lucrezia Marinella and Isabella Andreini

2012 winner

2012

Erin Hoya
Provocation, Premeditation, and Pandemonium: The Irish Rebellion of 1641

2011 winner

2011

Rebecca C. Quinn
Santiago As Matamoros: Race, Class, And LIMPIEZA DE SANGRE In A Sixteenth-Century Spanish Manuscript

2010 winner

2010

Amy Ward
The Celebration in 1964 Freedom Summer Art: The Role of Visual Rhetoric in Uncovering the Lost Voice

2009 winer

2009

Ashley Bruckbauer
Flânerie and the Lesbian Gaze: Female Spectatorship in the Work of Toulouse-Lautrec