Undergraduate Research Essay Competition

Nora Alalou was awarded the Undergraduate Research Essay Competition prize for her  essay “Filling in ‘No-Man’s Land’: Marian Cruger Coffin and the Unification of the University of Delaware Campus,” written under the direction of Professor Guy Alchon in the Department of History.

Since 1982, the University of Delaware chapter has awarded a $500 prize for an essay by a University of Delaware undergraduate presenting an account of a significant research project for which the undergraduate was the primary investigator. This year, the chapter will award up to two $500 prizes.  Essays are due to the Office of Service Learning on Friday, April 14 and awards will be announced Friday, April 28.  The winner will make a brief presentation of their research at the Phi Kappa Phi Initiation Ceremony on Friday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the Roselle Center for the Arts.

Find a complete list of winners dating back to 1982 here.  Latest winners include:

Spring 2016 – Undergraduate Research Essay Competition

Archaeological Copper Alloys In Situ: The Use of Accelerated Aging to Characterize Degradation
Adrienne Gendron, Art Conservation and Anthropology
Faculty Advisor: Jocelyn Alcantara-Garcia, Art Conservation

Summer 2014 – Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Essay Competition

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:
Chopin’s Nocturnes: A Comparison of Empirical Analysis and Performance Analysis
Megan Lyons, Music Education and Music Theory
Faculty Advisor: Philip Duker, Music

Community Engagement:
Community Outreach through Design: Building Read Aloud Delaware’s Presence in the Community
Erin Lynch, Organizational and Community Leadership
Faculty Advisor: Anthony Middlebrooks, Public Policy and Administration

Science and Engineering:
Cancer Pathology and Risks in Germline BRCA Mutation Carriers in Large Hereditary Cancer Registry in Delaware

Shaivi Patel, Biological Sciences
Faculty Advisor: Zohra Ali-Khan Catts, Cancer Genertics Program at Christiana Care

Spring 2014 – Undergraduate Research Essay Competition

Young Children’s Preferences and Responses to Musical IPad Apps
Aimee Dorothy Pearsall, Music Education
Faculty Advisor: Suzanne Burton, Music