Western students receive high marks at The Undergraduate Awards

Emma Rose Bonanno and 26 Western University colleagues were named among the international winners of The Undergraduate Awards, a worldwide competition recognizing top undergraduate work.

In total, Western boasted 30 papers from across 14 categories cited as ‘highly commended’ (among the top 10 per cent) in their fields. Western had the second highest number of ‘highly commended’ recipients in the world, behind only Trinity College Dublin.

“We take enormous pride in the fact our students are demonstrating their exceptional talent among the world’s most creative thinkers and problem solvers,” said Janice Deakin, Provost and Vice-President (Academic). “This year’s results show that our students can compete with and excel against their peers from some of the world’s top-ranked institutions.”

Through the competition, student work in 25 categories was judged against peers from 255 universities, across 39 countries. Winners were selected out of more than 5,000 submissions.

Bonanno, a student in Western’s Faculty of Social Science, received ‘highly commended’ in three categories – Education, Media & Journalism and Social Science – a feat achieved by only one other student in the world.

“I am absolutely honoured and grateful to receive recognition in such a prestigious, international competition,” says Bonanno. “I am looking forward to being inspired by other students across the globe, as well as representing Western University at the Global Summit in Dublin.”

Two of the Western students, Arts & Humanities student Taylor Rodrigues and graduate student Jennifer Komorowski, who made this year’s ‘highly commended’ list were similarly cited for their entries last year.

A complete list of Western student winners and their categories:

Education – Emma Rose Bonanno and Jane Hutchison;
Gender Studies & Anthropology – Allison Taylor;
Law – Sydney Kruth;
Life Sciences – Cynthia Yeung;
Literature Pre-1710 – Michelle Harder;
Literature 1710-Present –Theresa Bailie, Luke Jennings, Jennifer Komorowski, Jessica MacDonald and Cynthia Yeung;
Media & Journalism – Charlotte Yun and Emma Rose Bonanno;
Medical Sciences – Justine Baek and Peter Grin;
Music, Film, Theatre & Art History – Kelsey Perreault, Rebecca Shaw and Tamara Spencer;
Philosophy & Theology – Brittany Cartwright, David Hakim and Curtis Sell;
Politics & International Relations – Taylor Rodrigues and Claire Windsor;
Psychology – Daniel Kharlas, Cisse Nakeyar and Ana Ruiz Pardo;
Social Sciences – Emma Rose Bonanno, Melissa Hughes and Aramide Odutayo
Visual Art & Design – Emily Copeland

Assessed by panels of international academics, an Overall Winner was also selected per academic category that will be published in The Undergraduate Awards Academic Journal.

Two Western students were named Overall winners:

Jane Hutchison – Education category

Paper’s title: Bringing Neuroscience to the Classroom: A Case for the Value of Mind, Brain and Education

Michelle Harder – Literature Pre-1710 category

Paper’s title: As Lauce Leues of Pe Boke: Cleanness and the Perils of Vernacular Reading

Western honourees are invited to attend the Global Summit in Dublin in November.

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