American Studies
American Studies

UT AMS Undergraduates Win Research Awards

Mon, November 20, 2017
UT AMS Undergraduates Win Research Awards
Kerri Cavanaugh and Hazel O'Neil

Congratulations to Kerri Cavanaugh and Hazel O'Neil, two American Studies undergraduate students who have received awards to help support the research and production of senior theses.

UT American Studies senior Kerri Cavanaugh received both the Burke-Smith Thesis award and an Undergraduate Research Fellowship and is working on a project that she says "looks at how factory farming affects the self-identification of marginalized groups in American society. I am using Austin as my case study. I will be sending out surveys to low-income neighborhoods, interviewing doctors and chefs, and conducting focus groups to see how access to healthy food plays a role in the ways we think about ourselves."

Hazel O'Neil is a double major in American Studies and Radio Television Film. She won an Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her thesis project, which is a film. She describes it this way: "I am taking the opportunity of my American Studies undergrad thesis to make an animated video about the legacy of the interstate highway system. I hope to explain how the highways changed American life and perception of "space" and "place," and analyze how the experience of driving on interstates today promotes or invites criticism of the values that shaped their design. I am comparing interstates in Houston and Detroit, and will be using my URF scholarship to visit both cities and drive around and document the experience of being on these two different interstates theoretically designed to serve the same function." Hazel has made a video explain her project that can be viewed here.

Please join us in congratulating Kerri and Hazel!

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