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LURF Fellowship Winners

Libraries Recognize Winners of LURF Fellowship Awards

From left to right, Carrie Zhao, Diana Jou, Danny Younes, Seyed Adel, Joanna , and Elnaz Toussi ( Not pictured: Trinh Luu and Supattra Lerknant).

On May 30th, the Libraries held an Awards Luncheon to honor the winners of the 2006-07 UCI Libraries-Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Research Fellowship Awards (LURF). The eight student winners were presented with a Certificate of Excellence by Librarian Cathy Palmer, who described each of the students’ projects and why they were selected for awards.

Co-funded by the Libraries’ Nellie Ansley Reeves Award Endowed Fund and UROP, LURF awards provide recognition and support to selected fellows whose research projects make significant use of library resources, demonstrate creative applications of research methodology, or focus on research about the scholarly information process.

Congratulations to the following students who received awards of $500 each in support of their outstanding research projects. Please click on the title of the student's project for further information about their project.

Seyed Adel for "Identity, Narrative and Reconciliation: Towards a Model of Transitional Justice in Iraq," under the supervision of Professor Lina Kreidie, with assistance by Research Librarian Julia Gelfand.

Luu Trinh for "Of Melancholic "False" Returns: Articulations of the Vietnamese Reeducation Camp Experiences," under the supervision of Professor Charles Wheeler, with assistance by Research Librarian Anne Frank.

Danny Younes for "Clinical Neuropsychological Examinations in Addition to Patient Age Can Estimate Specific Brain Structure Volumes to Discriminate MCI from AD- Establishing a Volumetric Algorithm," under the supervision of Professor Steven Potkin and Dr. Jessica Turner, with assistance by Research Librarian John Sisson

In addition, the following students received LURF awards of $100 each:

Joanna Chao for "The Effects of the Turkish Minority Population on the German Social Security/Welfare System," under the supervision of Professor Caesar Sereseres, with assistance by Research Librarian Kristine Ferry.

Diana Jou for "Muslim American Women: Exploring Contemporary Identities through Photographic Conversations," under the supervision of Professor Connie Samaras and Professor Shelby Roberts, with assistance by Research Librarian Anne Bock.

Supattra Lerknant for "Thailand's Military and Sustaining Stability in Crisis," under the supervision of Professor Caesar Sereseres, with assistance by Research Librarian Dan Tsang.

Elnaz Toussi for "Blogging Towards Freedom: The Effects of Web logs on Democracy and Freedom in Iran Among the Youth," under the supervision of Professor Lina Kreidie and Professor Caesar Sereseres, with assistance by Research Librarian John Novak.

Carrie Zhao for "Asymmetric bis-Boron Compounds as Enantioselective Catalysts," under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Shea, with assistance by Research Librarian Mitchell Brown. (proposal | abstract)

Undergraduate students who wish to be considered for a LURF award must describe within their research project proposal how they intend to use library print or electronic resources. LURF awards provide up to $500 in additional funds for project-related supplies and expenses. Fellows are required to present their research at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium held in May of each year, to write a paper that presents their research findings, and to submit their manuscripts for possible publication in The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to work closely with a research librarian who is a subject expert in the student’s filed of inquiry.