Sofia Garré, Shuang Wu and Charlie Bowen

University of Exeter student success in international awards

University of Exeter humanities students have been successful in an academic competition referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize”.

They have been awarded the Regional Winner and several Highly Commended prizes in the Undergraduate Awards (UA) 2016.

The awards reward talented undergraduates and recognise excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.

This year 5,514 papers from undergraduates in 244 institutions and 121 nationalities were submitted. The awards cover seven regions, Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada, Latin America, Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

University of Exeter student Sofia Garré, who is studying Liberal Arts, was the Europe Regional Winner in the Art History, Music, Film and Theatre category with her paper The Role of Contemporary Art in defining Nature: Sebastiao Salgado and Brock Davis.

The Highly Commended humanities entrants from the University of Exeter are:

Charlie Bowen - Classical Studies & Archaeology category
Ella Sevenoaks - Classical Studies & Archaeology category
Shuang Wu - History category

University of Exeter Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) Professor Tim Quine said: “I am delighted that the excellent academic work of our students has been recognised throughout these awards that demonstrate our students play a vital role in the creation of new knowledge which delivers change in the world and society alongside our world leading academics. I would like to congratulate all those involved on their achievements.”

CEO of The Undergraduate Awards Louise Hodgson said “This is a huge achievement for the University of Exeter and its students. UA received the highest number of submissions to date with only the best papers making it through the judging process - the competition was extremely tough and the Judges were astounded at the high quality of undergraduate research in the programme this year. Congratulations to this year’s successful entrants”.

Highly Commended Entrants are now invited to meet their fellow awardees at the annual UA Global Summit, taking place in Dublin, Ireland on November 8th to 11th. The attendees will be addressed by the likes of NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, Shiza Shahid of the Malala Fund, MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abrahams, among many more speakers and facilitators.

Date: 29 September 2016

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