2019 Honors Thesis Symposium

Wed, April 10, 2019
2019 Honors Thesis Symposium
April 5, 2019

Congratulations to the Department of Asian Studies Honors program students, Sarah Ferring, Caroline Smith, Galia Popov, Vaishali Jayaraman, Courtney Naquin and Seton Uhlhorn, as well as the Honors Director, Dr. Chiu-Mi Lai for all their hard work.  




About the Honors Program

The honors programs in Asian Studies and Asian Cultures and Languages provide ambitious and focused students with an opportunity to do independent research in the form of a substantial thesis.

2019 Presenters

East Asia

  • Sarah Ferring – Anime: The Key Frame for Nonstandard Gendered Constructions of the Japanese Language
  • Caroline Smith – The Sound of a Beautiful Woman: A Study of Sensory Imagery in Pu Songling’s Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio (Liaozhai zhiyi)
  • Galia Popov – San-Ti and “Cosmopolitan” Nationalism in China: Online Discourse on a Science Fiction Phenomenon

South Asia

  • Vaishali Jayaraman – Sanātanadharma in Sanskrit Literature: A Conceptualization
  • Courtney Naquin – Lady Oriented: How Hindi YouTube Sketch Comedy is Reconstructing Women’s Identities in Indian Media
  • Seton Uhlhorn – Death, Poetry, and Dynastic Identity:  Re-imagining the Gardens at the Taj Mahal

Honors Thesis

Writing the thesis, which is both longer (minimum 40 pages) and more intellectually sophisticated than other college writing assignments, is for most honors students the most fulfilling experience of their undergraduate careers. The completed thesis will be read by the faculty supervisor and a second reader; the latter may, if necessary, be based in another department. The two readers will assess the thesis with the following criteria in mind: 1) quality of argument; 2) breadth and depth of research; 3) quality of writing and organization; and 4) conformity with current rules of proper academic conduct. A completed and bound copy of the thesis must be submitted to the department the semester in which the thesis was completed.

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