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POLIS Undergraduate Prize Winners Announced

last modified Jul 01, 2016 03:34 PM

Our undergraduates have now completed their end of year assessments and prizes have been duly awarded.

The John Dunn Prize for the best dissertation by a final year student has been awarded to Eleni Courea (King’s College), whose dissertation “Society, government and political obligation: The role of war in the political thought of David Hume and Adam Ferguson” was the stand-out work submitted this year. In the dissertation, Eleni showed the different ways in which Hume and Ferguson up-ended Hobbesian premises about the role of war in the formation of society.

For the first time, the Schmidt Prize, for the best long essay by a second year student, has been jointly awarded to two students: Addye Susnick (Newnham College) and James Riseley (Trinity College). Addye wrote on whether can be local solutions to environmental problems, drawing upon her earlier work on water scarcity in Peru. James wrote on why relational inequalities matter more than luck inequalities. Our prize panel considered both to be excellent pieces of work, and were unable to decide between them. Therefore it was decided to award both students the prize.

The Geoffrey Hawthorn Prize for the highest average in papers POL1 and POL2 is awarded to Alex Paturel (Jesus College).

Congratulations to Eleni, Addye, James and Alex, and to all undergraduate students on their hard work this year.