Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Based Independent Work
The prizes will be awarded on Class Day.
Congratultions to the 2014 Prize Winners!
Buse Atkas '14, First Prize Winner (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
Buse worked with Easter Seals New Jersey for her participatory research project with employees at the Raritan Valley Workshop in New Brunswick. These individuals have various disabilities and the Workshop provides them with supported employment opportunities. With the participation of the employees, Buse modified a piece of equipment used for assembling window latches to improve the experience of the sequence for the employees, as it was uncomfortable and frustrating for a number of individuals, while also increasing efficiency. Her adviser described her thesis as a "brilliant synthesis of many ideas and choices" and lauded her for her innovation.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Martin '14, Second Prize (Sociology)
Publicly Righting Private Wrongs: Federal Responses to Violence Against Women in India
Lizzie's thesis examines the effectiveness and inadequacies of federal policies and interventions in six Indian states to lower reported rates of violence against women. She uses a multi-disciplinary approach to identify and analyze the most successful regional solutions to protect and empower women. In the words of her adviser, her thesis is "an impressive achievement in research and writing at the undergraduate level."
Kristen Kruger '14, Third Prize (Politics)
Sustaining Innovation: Homegrown Charter Schools and the Challenges of Entrepreneurial Leadership in Trenton, NJ
Kristen explores a controversial and timely topic through a local lens: charter schools. Trenton's charter schools have been closing at a much higher rate than other cities. While poverty, community engagement, over-regulation and under-regulation are often factors in many charter school closures, Kristen demonstrates that any combination of these are insufficient in explaining the cause of Trenton's failed charter schools. Through extensive research, interviews, and application of theory, Kristen demonstrates that entrepreneurial leadership is essential to sustain a charter school in the city. Her adviser summarized her work by saying "this thesis addresses a critically important question with rigorous and original analysis."
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