Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill LOTS-MC Best Presentation & Best Paper Prizes

Life of the Scholar graphic These awards ($200 cash and a plaque) are voted on by judges at the annual LOTS-MC Conference (Best Paper by a panel of judges selected by the Director of Undergraduate Research) and given by the LOTS Advisory Committee and the Undergraduate Research Committee (Dr. Caudill is a member of both committees, but to avoid even an hint of favoritism he does not judge/vote) to the most outstanding presentation at LOTS-MC and from the finalists of “best” paper submissions.  These awards are presented by the Director(s) of LOTS-MC and/or the Director of Undergraduate Research at the Academic Awards Dimensions in April.

Best Paper

  • 2019: Morgan R. VanderSchaaf
  • 2018: Mallory Grace Moore
  • 2017: Christian Jessup
  • 2016: Katie Hudson
  • 2015: Katie Hudson
  • 2014: William M. Payne
  • 2013: Kiersten Aleana Justice
  • 2012: Hillary Grace Leonard

Best Presentation

  • 2019: Beverly Rosen & Taylor Simpson Jackson (changed to Graduate Prize)
  • 2018: Hannah Morgan Ray
  • 2017: Christian Jessup
  • 2016: Wendy Allison Harmon
  • 2015: Joshua Thomas-Keith Johnson
  • 2014: Kendra Autumn Bragg
  • 2013: Kiersten Aleana Justice
  • 2012: Courtney Marie Finocchiaro & Chelsea Renee Usher

Previous Winners and Finalists Slideshow

2017 Bulldog Bite - LOTS Edition

2017 Conference Program

2018 Conference Program

2017 Best Paper Prize Finalists

  • David Cole: The Impact of Gentrification on Urban Politics
    Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Amato
  • Christian Jessup: New Music for a Galaxy Far, Far Away
    Mentor: Dr. Bruce Moser
  • Andrew Linzie: Stock Market Forecasting with Artificial Neural Networks
    Mentor: Dr. Myrek Mystkowski
  • Mallory Moore: The Bell Jar: Taking Control Through Self-Diagnosis
    Mentor: Dr. June Hobbs
  • Josiah Parke: Fair Play: Distributive and Retributive Justice Principles in the Soccer Laws of the Game
    Mentor: Dr. T. Perry Hildreth
  • Hannah Ray: Metaphors of the Modern Mind: Transitional Views of Death Revealed Through the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
    Mentor: Dr. June Hobbs