Four Selected for 2021 Lance and Elena Calvert Awards for Undergraduate Research

Teaching & Learning Librarian Mark Lenker, Isabella Chung, Nathalie Martinez, Michael Schwob, Interim Head of Educational Initiatives Rosan Mitola, and Dean of Libraries Maggie Farrell. (Not pictured Natalie Johns).

The University Libraries have selected four UNLV undergraduate students as the winners of the 2021 Lance and Elena Calvert Awards for Undergraduate Research. The awards, funded through an endowment established by Lance and Elena Calvert, encourage undergraduate UNLV students to master the art of research to become successful, self-sufficient, lifelong learners.

“While this school year has been challenging in many ways for our students, the work submitted by the winners of this year’s Calvert Awards demonstrates the talents and passions of undergraduate researchers here at UNLV have continued to thrive during the pandemic,” said Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries.

This year’s winners include:

Isabella Chung, senior biology major

Project: The Aftermath of Sexual Assault: Creating the "I Am More Than My Experience" Workbook
Category: Advanced Undergraduate
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Lisa Menegatos, Honors College

Natalie Johns, senior biochemistry major

Project: Comics for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Families: Education and Empowerment
Category: Creative Works
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Bryan Blankfield, Honors College

Nathalie Martinez, senior French and anthropology major

Project: Spanish from the "East Side" of Las Vegas: Simplification of Tense/Aspect Distinction in Ser and Estar in Spanish Heritage Speakers of Sunrise Manor
Category: Advanced Undergraduate
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Margarita Jara, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Michael Schwob, senior mathematics major

Project: A Calibrated Agent-based Model for Tracking SARS-CoV-2
Category: Advanced Undergraduate
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Bryan Bornholt, Honors College

Applicants submit a reflective essay on their research and a letter of support from a faculty member as part of the application process. Winners receive a cash prize and have their work published in Digital Scholarship@UNLV, the institutional repository for university research.


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