Dobin Prize in Community-Based Independent Work
Each year the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) awards the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Based Independent Work to the best thesis or junior paper which involves extensive research in a community setting and provides recommendations, new information and analysis, and/or other resources useful to the community. The prize is named after former Dean Hank Dobin, who was instrumental to the creation of CBLI during his time at Princeton.
CBLI invites juniors and seniors who have completed community-engaged independent work to submit their work for consideration. An application consists of:
1) a copy of your thesis or junior paper, and
2) a draft of a short report that describes the important points of your work, its relevance to particular communities, and the implications of your research for policy and practice.
This required shorter document goes by several different names; policy brief, white paper and business report are but some of them. Helpful information on writing this 5 to 15-page document (and your thesis) will be available at this workshop:
From the Academy to the Community—Putting Your Thesis to Work
A Workshop for Senior Thesis Writers, co-sponsored by CBLI and the Writing Center
You’ve worked all year on your thesis and have important information to share with the world beyond campus. But how do you communicate your findings to a non-academic audience? This workshop will help you identify your most important claims, translate those claims into useful (and realistic) policy recommendations, and convincingly express your recommendations to businesses, non-profits, and government organizations. Seniors submitting their work for the CBLI Dean Hank Dobin Thesis Prize will find this workshop particularly useful as they draft their required policy report, and students looking ahead to work in a wide variety of professional settings will hone the invaluable skill of articulating their ideas concisely and accessibly. Presenters include a student from the Class of 2013 and a representative from a local Community Foundation. To sign up, visit http://writing.princeton.edu/signup/t/fromtheacademytothecommunity
All materials are due by noon on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in both pdf via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and hard copy to the CBLI office, 36 University Place, Suite 1M (next to Pequod). The Prize will be awarded on Class Day.
For more information contact CBLI at 258-6986 or email@example.com .
Congratultions to the 2013 Prize Winners!
Caroline Hanamarian '13, First Prize Co-Winner (Woodrow Wilson School)
Local College Access Programs
Caroline's thesis tackles one of the most important issues of our time—college access and success. She compares two very different college access programs in New Jersey, including Princeton’s own Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), and shows how reaching out to local high-potential, low income students benefits both private and public colleges and universities. Her adviser reported that she "made wonderfully careful (and rich) use of the quite full data from the two programs" and was "careful and judicious in her analytical conclusions." This “impressive and potentially useful piece of research”, in the words of one of her readers, deserves our highest praise.
Charlotte Weisberg '13, First Prize Co-Winner (Anthropology)
"The Children Are Our Wealth": Maternity and National Identity in French Guiana
Charlotte's work focuses on maternal health care in French Guiana. Her field research in pre-natal and birth care settings for Guianese and Surinamese women allowed her to write an "incisive, imaginative, beautifully written ethnography of maternal health care in French Guiana", as described by her adviser. Charlotte examines the consequences of French colonialism in the country and its effect on modern health care policies, identifying the structural factors that perpetuate a "culture of colonialism among French clinicians." Her adviser summarized her thesis as "a remarkable accomplishment."
Maria (Nikki) Garcia '13, Honorable Mention (Sociology)
A CHURCH WITH NO GOD: Live Storytelling at The Moth and the Need for Meaningful Community
Nikki Garcia’s ethnographic study of The Moth, a live storytelling organization, explores crucial questions about race, class, and the creation of community. Her adviser wrote "Nikki utilizes ethnographic field work and document analysis along with the use of relevant theory to argue that The Moth has achieved great success in re-interpreting and deploying live story telling in a post-industrial urban age, also arguing suggestively that the organization also succeeds in the digital age both to use the latter`s powers of communication and networking whilst maintaining the dominance of the `live-ness` of storytelling performances." Her work “makes an excellent case that The Moth really is pushing the boundaries of possibility of digital forms and art in the late modern age”, said her adviser, and deserves high praise.
Lisa Yankowitz '13, Honorable Mention (Psychology)
Word Acquisition in Adolescents with Autism Using Video Modeling
Lisa worked closely with the Eden Institute, sometimes on a daily basis, to measure the effectiveness of video modeling as a pedagogical technique. Her work was “thoughtful, well researched and well argued”, in the words of her adviser, and provided useful and timely information to the Eden Institute.
Congratulations to the 2012 Prize Winners!
Allison Daminger, First Prize
Cara Hampton, Second Prize
Rachel Blake, Third Prize
Helen Lopez, Honorable Mention
2011 Dobin Prize Winners
2010 Dobin Prize Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Dean Hank Dobin Prize!
Alex Gertner, Anthropology, Pharmaceutical Care, Public Experiments and Patient Knowledge in the Brazilian Public Healthcare System
Henry Barmeier, Woodrow Wilson School, Why is Government in the Garden? Case Studies of Resilient Co-Governance in Urban Community Gardening Programs
Jessica Lanney, Woodrow Wilson School, Under One Roof: Integrating Affordable Housing and Family Homelessness Policy in Massachusetts
Emily Hildner, Politics, Disaster Racism: Cultural Weapons of Resistance and the Politics of Black Empowerment in Post-Katrina New Orleans