Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award Winners

From left to right: Andrew Bertolazzi, Hasan Zaidi, Lauren Ruhnke, Jason Fontana, Monsurat Otolorin, David Spatichia, Rhiannon Bell; photo courtesy Brae Howard

Temple University Libraries congratulate the winners of the 2016-2017 Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards, which honor the best in undergraduate research across a wide spectrum of disciplines and research methods. The Awards are named for generous donor John H. Livingstone, SBM ‘49, who has supported undergraduate research for more than a decade.

The initiative, formerly known as the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, began thirteen years ago and was expanded, reshaped, and renamed last year, to recognize a greater cross-section of the outstanding scholarly and creative work of our undergraduate students.

We celebrated the winners at an awards ceremony on April 25. Read on for the list of winners, along with their project titles and sponsoring professors. You can also watch the ceremony here.


Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award in the Humanities
Lauren Ruhnke
“Constructing Native Homosexuality in British India”
Faculty advisor: Mark Pollack

Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award in the Social Sciences
Jason Fontana
“The Immigrant Parent Disadvantage: Parent Linguistic Capital and Student School Performance”
Faculty advisor: Shanyang Zhao

Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical (STEM) Disciplines
Hasan Zaidi
“Using Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Mechanisms to Improve Eye Moisture Over Extended Periods of Contact Lens Wear”
Faculty advisor: Joseph Danowsky

Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award in Creative Works and Media Production
Rhiannon Bell
“Retrospective Falsification – Run Away to Sweden”
Faculty advisor: Leah Modigliani

Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award for General Education Courses
Monsurat Otolorin and David Spatichia
“K-pop Subculture International Impact”
Faculty advisor: Rupananda Misra

Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award in Sustainability and the Environment
Andrew Bertolazzi
“Decentralized Methods of Water Treatment for Reuse of Residential Gray Water”
Faculty advisor: Joseph Danowsky


Photo courtesy Brae Howard

The Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards are generously sponsored by John H. Livingstone, SBM ‘49.

The Award in Sustainability and the Environment is generously sponsored by Gale, a Cengage Company.

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