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Four Honored with 2017 Calvert Awards for Undergraduate Research

By skennedy on May 31, 2017 3:47 PM | Permalink
  • Teaching and Learning Librarian Kate Wintrol, Brianna Cotter, Claudia Chiang-Lopez, Kylie Johnson, Laura Benedict, and Head of Educational Initiatives Melissa Bowles-Terry.

  • Associate Dean Pat Hawthorne, Brianna Cotter, Claudia Chiang-Lopez, Kylie Johnson, Laura Benedict, and Vice Provost for Information Technology Lori Temple.

  • Claudia Chiang-Lopez

  • Brianna Cotter

  • Laura Benedict

  • Kylie Johnson

  • 2017 Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award winners Brianna Cotter, Claudia Chiang-Lopez, Kylie Johnson, and Laura Benedict.

Four UNLV students were recently honored as the winners of the 2017 Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Awards.

The program, generously established by Lance and Elena Calvert, recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that have utilized UNLV University Libraries’ collections in a sophisticated and creative manner.

“We had an incredible pool of applicants for this year’s awards, representing the depth and breadth of undergraduate research happening at UNLV,” said Melissa Bowles-Terry, head of educational initiatives at UNLV University Libraries. “We are proud to honor these outstanding undergraduate researchers and to showcase the variety of research being conducted utilizing our collections in the University Libraries.”

In addition to the research projects, applicants submit a reflective essay on their research, and a letter of support from a faculty member. Winners receive up to $1,000 and their work is published in Digital Scholarship@UNLV, the institutional repository for university research.

This year’s winners are:

Kylie Johnson, senior, history and political science
British appeasement 1936-39: The debate between Parliament and the public
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michelle Tusan, Professor of History


Laura Benedict, senior, anthropology
Polyandry around the world
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Peter Gray, Professor of Anthropology


Brianna Cotter, senior, multidisciplinary studies
Prescribing change for minority students: Diagnosing inequalities in science education in Clark County School District
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Tim Gauthier, Associate Professor and Director of Multidisciplinary Studies and Social Science Studies


Claudia Chiang-Lopez, senior, sociology
Barbie doesn’t wear bruises: Gendered images of anxiety and avoidant attachment relationships in film
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kendra Gage, Post-Doctoral Scholar in Interdisciplinary Studies