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The Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award

Photo of Larrie Weil, Lauren King, and Elizabeth Killingsworth
Larrie Weil, Lauren King (2018 recipient), and Elizabeth Killingsworth

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 and use the submission form to nominate students' papers.


  • 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; faculty members will submit this form and include the student's name, course, assignment or project for which the paper was submitted, faculty member's name and contact information and attach the paper as a Word or PDF document.
  • When submitting a student's work, faculty should explain to us what makes these sources the best selections for the student's research.
  • Papers will be accepted for consideration if received before February 1, 2019. The award committee will meet to review submissions and determine the winning paper.
  • Please contact Elizabeth Killingsworth (elizabethk@smu.edu) with any questions.

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

 Amanda Oh


Amanda Oh
The Latitudinarian Influence on Early English Liberalism

Nominated by Professor Kathleen Wellman, HIST 4300

 Photo of Lauren King  


Lauren King
An Alternative View on the Roll-Brimmed Hat

Nominated by Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper, Assistant Professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture



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

Nominated by Assistant Professor Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper, ARHS 4310

Lee Downen - 2016 Award Recepient


Lee Downen
Reading Chaucer with Charity: A Hermeneutical Proposal

Nominated by Professor Dr. Bonnie Wheeler, ENGL 4323



No recipient.
2014 winner


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

2013 winner


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

2012 winner


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

2011 winner


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

2010 winner


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

2009 winer


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