Open Call for Senior Applications for IWU's PBK    LIBERAL ARTS SCHOLAR AWARD for 2015

The Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award fosters and celebrates student research that “engages, translates, and bridges academic disciplines and/or crosses traditional academic boundaries.”

Applicants for this award submit a research paper, a senior seminar paper, honors research paper, or senior-level independent research paper; a work of art, composition, film, collection of poetry or research that stems from experiential learning. 

Any IWU senior or December 2014 graduate is eligible to apply for this award.  Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is not required.

The award-winning project(s) and other excellent submissions will be published in CrissCross: IWU's PBK Chapter’s on-line journal of undergraduate interdisciplinary work.

To apply, please submit the interdisciplinary project in digital form via email to Prof. Mark Criley (mcriley@iwu.edu). In the body of the message, please write a brief abstract of your work, with special attention to explaining its interdisciplinary character.    

Deadline for submissions is Reading Day: Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  

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2014 Winners

Rachel Branson

"Carving the Perfect Citizen: The Adventures of Soviet Pinocchio in Text and on Screen"

Joseph O'Brien's

"Experiencing the Ineffable"

Please read more about the 2014 winners here.

 

2013 Winners

Sarah CarlsonSarah Carlson

"Interdisciplinary research can be among the most rewarding, illuminating, and productive modes of discovery and learning.  My major, anthropology, emphasized its merits particularly strongly.  My coursework and my experiences have demonstrated to me that no singular approach to a problem can hope to be definitive, and no single person can have all the right answers. It is through collaboration and integration of many methods of study and points of view that we can begin to tackle complex and inspiring questions.  In doing so, we encounter ideas and thought processes we may ever have otherwise considered, providing a creative and productive pathway to the conversations and connections that lead to new knowledge."

"Since graduating in May I have moved to Augusta, Georgia to work as the Assistant Registrar at The Augusta Museum of History.  I help the registrar in the processing, organization and preservation of the museum's artifact and archival collections.  My primary project concerns the processing of an estimated 500,000 photo negatives from a local photographer who worked in Augusta from the 1940s-1980s.  The photos are not only a visual treasure (wedding photos from the 1980s are amazing) but since the photographer recorded the name and contact information for each of his subjects, it's a fantastic source of local history."

Abstract: The Philippine Collection at The Field Museum contains over 10,000 objects, including hundreds of objects of personal adornment. As an intern at The Field Museum in the summer of 2012, I got to experience the collection first-hand and began examining six ornaments from the Ilongot peoples of the Philippines. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Ilongot wore ornaments to visually communicate social meaning about themselves, their villages, and their relationships. The Ilongot were a headhunting society with fearsome warriors who beheaded their enemies. These hunters wore delicately crafted earrings and headdresses to mark their masculinity and skill. Ornaments further marked the strength and importance of alliances and trading agreements and visibly demonstrated their wearers’ social standing, wealth, and cultural power at ceremonies. When collectors carried the objects from the Philippines to The Field Museum, they unavoidably projected their own cultural constructions onto the objects. In this way, the historical context and racial climate of the collecting culture is an important component in understanding the stories these objects have to tell. In addition, the ways museums choose to use and display the objects places further constructions upon them. Museums must practice active engagement both with members of the culture that produced the objects and with museum visitors to display the meaning that objects can communicate

 

Maria KlingeleMaria Klingele

"I think that interdisciplinary research is important because in order to fully understand a concept, theory, idea, etc., you must study the various disciplines that influence and contribute to the construction of such ideas. In my experience, I found that interdisciplinary research was very helpful toward understanding the depth of Maryse Conde's novel because the complexities of social systems and the issues she raised required the knowledge of multiple areas of study. For example, I needed to study psychoanalytic theory, post-colonial theory, and feminist literary criticism in order to understand the construction of the notion of the 'Other' and see how the multiple forms of oppression affect everyone in society.''

“Currently, I am a student teacher of French and plan to officially graduate at the end of December. I am hoping to bring what I learned from my research paper into my French classes.”

Abstract: As a collection of autobiographical short stories or vignettes, Le cœur à rire et à pleurer (Tales From the Heart: True Stories From my Childhood, (1999) represents Guadeloupean author Maryse Condé's (1937 - ) interaction with and dismissal of multiple forms of oppression. As Condé makes use of storytelling and her childhood memories to explore issues of her identity and societal role, her writing transforms into a self-declaration of social change and equality. This paper aims to identify and examine Conde's denial of constructs of Otherness, in her persistent effort to resist the cycle of oppression and to dismiss the generational pressures to conform to patriarchal and colonial values. Informed by psychoanalytic theory and feminist criticism, Condé adapts her own écriture féminine (women’s writing) to assert the significance of women’s voices as tools in breaking the silence of abjection and dismantling hierarchical notions of power.

Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award

"The Phi Beta Kappa award fosters and celebrates student research that 'engages, translates and bridges academic disciplines and/or crosses traditional academic boundaries.'  Each applicant for this award submits a research paper, either a senior seminar paper, honors research paper, or senior-level independent research paper; a work of art, music composition, film, collection of poetry or research that stems from experiential learning."

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Past Winners of the Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award

Sarah Carlson

"Interdisciplinary research can be among the most rewarding, illuminating, and productive modes of discovery and learning.  My major, anthropology, emphasized its merits particularly strongly.  My coursework and my experiences have demonstrated to me that no singular approach to a problem can hope to be definitive, and no single person can have all the right answers. It is through collaboration and integration of many methods of study and points of view that we can begin to tackle complex and inspiring questions.  In doing so, we encounter ideas and thought processes we may ever have otherwise considered, providing a creative and productive pathway to the conversations and connections that lead to new knowledge."

"Since graduating in May I have moved to Augusta, Georgia to work as the Assistant Registrar at The Augusta Museum of History.  I help the registrar in the processing, organization and preservation of the museum's artifact and archival collections.  My primary project concerns the processing of an estimated 500,000 photo negatives from a local photographer who worked in Augusta from the 1940s-1980s.  The photos are not only a visual treasure (wedding photos from the 1980s are amazing) but since the photographer recorded the name and contact information for each of his subjects, it's a fantastic source of local history."

Abstract: The Philippine Collection at The Field Museum contains over 10,000 objects, including hundreds of objects of personal adornment. As an intern at The Field Museum in the summer of 2012, I got to experience the collection first-hand and began examining six ornaments from the Ilongot peoples of the Philippines. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Ilongot wore ornaments to visually communicate social meaning about themselves, their villages, and their relationships. The Ilongot were a headhunting society with fearsome warriors who beheaded their enemies. These hunters wore delicately crafted earrings and headdresses to mark their masculinity and skill. Ornaments further marked the strength and importance of alliances and trading agreements and visibly demonstrated their wearers’ social standing, wealth, and cultural power at ceremonies. When collectors carried the objects from the Philippines to The Field Museum, they unavoidably projected their own cultural constructions onto the objects. In this way, the historical context and racial climate of the collecting culture is an important component in understanding the stories these objects have to tell. In addition, the ways museums choose to use and display the objects places further constructions upon them. Museums must practice active engagement both with members of the culture that produced the objects and with museum visitors to display the meaning that objects can communicate

Maria Klingele

"I think that interdisciplinary research is important because in order to fully understand a concept, theory, idea, etc., you must study the various disciplines that influence and contribute to the construction of such ideas. In my experience, I found that interdisciplinary research was very helpful toward understanding the depth of Maryse Conde's novel because the complexities of social systems and the issues she raised required the knowledge of multiple areas of study. For example, I needed to study psychoanalytic theory, post-colonial theory, and feminist literary criticism in order to understand the construction of the notion of the 'Other' and see how the multiple forms of oppression affect everyone in society.''

“Currently, I am a student teacher of French and plan to officially graduate at the end of December. I am hoping to bring what I learned from my research paper into my French classes.”

Abstract: As a collection of autobiographical short stories or vignettes, Le cœur à rire et à pleurer (Tales From the Heart: True Stories From my Childhood, (1999) represents Guadeloupean author Maryse Condé's (1937 - ) interaction with and dismissal of multiple forms of oppression. As Condé makes use of storytelling and her childhood memories to explore issues of her identity and societal role, her writing transforms into a self-declaration of social change and equality. This paper aims to identify and examine Conde's denial of constructs of Otherness, in her persistent effort to resist the cycle of oppression and to dismiss the generational pressures to conform to patriarchal and colonial values. Informed by psychoanalytic theory and feminist criticism, Condé adapts her own écriture féminine (women’s writing) to assert the significance of women’s voices as tools in breaking the silence of abjection and dismantling hierarchical notions of power.

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