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2010/2011 Research Awards to Plan II Students

Sat, May 7, 2011
2010/2011 Research Awards to Plan II Students
(left to right) Zack Cuyler (LAH), Mauro Caffarelli, Megan Sanders, Emily Hawthorne and Dylan Bumford

George H. Mitchell Academic Awards to Plan II Honors Students

Plan II Honors major, Dylan T. Bumford, took the $20,000 George H. Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence grand prize.  Dylan graduated in December 2010 with majors in Plan II Honors, math and linguistics and a bachelor of science degree in psychology.  The University Cooperative Society’s Undergraduate Student Awards for Academic Excellence banquet was held at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 4 to announce this year's nine Mitchell awards, four of which went to Plan II Honors students.

Bumford was nominated by Professor Johan Kamp, Ph.D., for his thesis titled "Making Sense of Sense: Lessons from Synaesthetic Metaphor." Next year he will enter the linguistics Ph.D. program at Stanford University, where he plans to continue his work in logic, linguistics and psychology, in an effort to formulate more holistic and comprehensive principles of cognitive science.

Two of the three $5000 prizes went to Plan II Honors majors Mauro Caffarelli (Plan II/Biology) "A criticism of fMRI for sensationalistic purposes," and Emily Hawthorne (Plan II/French/Linguistics) "Changing perceptions of halal food in both immigrant and non-Muslim communities."

One of the $2,000 awards was given to Margaret (Megan) Sanders (Plan II and BS in Psychology) "Philosophical and Psychological Accounts of Aesthetic Experience."

The awards celebrate University of Texas at Austin students with exemplary academic records who have made an extraordinary contribution to their fields of study through a research project, literary work, musical composition, humanitarian project, or similar undertaking. Steven Goode, a member of the University Co-op’s Board of Directors and Distinguished Teaching Professor, hosted the event.

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