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Our POLIS Undergraduate Prize Winners Speak

last modified Jul 05, 2017 10:32 AM

The Department of POLIS is delighted to announce that our undergraduates have completed their end of year assessments and prizes have been awarded.

The Geoffrey Hawthorn Prize for the highest average mark in papers POL1 and POL2 is awarded to Zsofia Hesketh (Gonville and Caius College):

"I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have received the Prize, and would like to thank the Part I examiners for awarding it to me. I am so proud of my hard work, which has allowed me to achieve such great results in my politics papers. Having thoroughly enjoyed the course in first year, I cannot wait to continue my studies on the Politics and International Relations track.’’

 The John Dunn Prize is awarded each year to the Part IIB student who submits the best dissertation. This year Jade Treneary (Trinity Hall) and her dissertation ‘’Rousseau and the prospect of perfectibility’’ was selected as the most worthy winner. Here is Jade’s comment about her work:

 I really loved doing a dissertation in my third year and it felt great  to have a long term project running alongside other supervision work. The extended time frame was useful in allowing me to explore lots of areas before focusing on Judith Shklar and Ernst Cassirer's interpretations of perfectibility. I found it really interesting to analyse how two readings of Rousseau could be so different, and learnt a lot about secondary interpretation of texts in the process.’’

The Schmidt Prize is awarded each year to the Part IIA student who submits the best long essay and this year the Examiners judged the essay ‘Are conspiracy theories a threat to democracy?’ written by Theodore Demolder (Selwyn College) to be the best POL5 essay in the crop.

Theo Demolder writes:

‘’I really enjoyed the scope to explore particular interests which POL5 provides - and with this essay in particular it was very helpful to be able to draw on some of the talks and research from the five year CRASSH conspiracy and democracy project. I began with only a vague sense of conspiracy theories in Russia and Poland - and an interest in them - but working on the essay helped me to gain a better understanding of those cases as well as the lessons they might provide for the most obvious contemporary instance of conspiracy theories: Trump's America.’’

Congratulations to Zsofia, Jade and Theodore, and to all undergraduate students on their hard work this year.