Africana Research Center announces winners of Undergraduate Research Exhibition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ten undergraduate students competed for prizes, including research travel grants, on Saturday, Oct. 1, as part of the Africana Research Center’s 2016 Undergraduate Research Exhibition.

Held in the Faculty Staff Club Room at The Nittany Lion Inn, the Undergraduate Research Exhibition recognizes and celebrates the scholarly development of Penn State’s undergraduate students who have written research papers on issues pertaining to some aspect of the African diaspora.

Faculty members nominate student papers, and with student permission, these papers are evaluated by a group of judges using a refereed process.

The 2016 winners of the ARC’s Undergraduate Research Exhibition are:

First place:

Elizabeth Catchmark

Departments of English, Philosophy, African American Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

College of the Liberal Arts

Nominated by Megan Fung

"Kindred Spirits:  Reading Interracial Love Relationships Through Embodied White Supremacy"

Second place:

Cherish Harper

African Studies Program

College of the Liberal Arts

Nominated by Clemente Abrokwaa

"Institutional Racism"

Third place (tie):

Janelle Kelly

Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

College of the Liberal Arts

Nominated by Jill Wood

"Being Black and Male in America:  Racialized Violence Against Black Males in U.S. Society"

Seamus Wagner

African Studies Program and Department of Political Science

College of the Liberal Arts

Nominated by Clemente Abrokwaa

"The Arab Slave Trade in East Africa and its Impact on the Coastal Peoples of East Africa"

Other presenters included Emma Behr, Trevor Dennehy, Linda S. Kao, Keely Londino, Sarah McKenna, and Jessica Trent.

The poster presentations were judged by Abraham Khan, assistant professor of African American studies and communication arts and sciences; Darryl Thomas, associate professor of African American studies and African studies program; and Nan Woodruff, professor of modern U.S. history and African American studies. A keynote presentation was provided by William J. (Bill) Dewey, interim co-director of the ARC, associate professor of art history, and program head and graduate director of African studies.

Last Updated October 12, 2016