Our annual arts competition recognizes student-created works of art on course-related theme.
Website Project in Multimodal Writing
Brianna Smith won the award for outstanding Multimodal Writing for the 2022-2023 academic year for her Digital Archive Worldbuilding.
Rushika Weerackoon won the award for outstanding Website Project for the 2021-2022 academic year for her website Womanimal.
The inaugural award for the outstanding Website Project in Multimodal Writing for the 2020-2021 academic year went to Jonathan Le for his Humanities Core website The Lightbulb Moment, https://sites.google.com/uci.edu/humcore-site.
This award is funded by the generous donors to the 2021 Zotfunder campaign.
Nora Folkenflik Memorial Essay Awards
Winners featured on the Campus Writing Contests page
UROP Research Paper Awards
Humanities Core and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) have combined efforts to recognize excellence in undergraduate research. Each spring, instructors nominate outstanding research papers on an independently chosen topic in the course theme, and a panel of instructors selects the ten best.
2022 Award Winners
Colin Bolik, “Thinking Inter-Diegetically: A Renewed Model for Realizing Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax as Figuring Subjective Experience and an Ethic of Care” (nominated by Christine Connell)
Yunmeng Cai, “Female Underrepresentation in Patriarchal Male Fantasy Animation is Negatively Affecting Children: Fantastic Mr. Fox” (nominated by Kurt Buhanan)
Meha Datar, “Cyborg or Robot?: Technological Art Pieces’ Entanglement with Their Human Creators” (nominated by Daniel Siakel)
Andrew Diep,“Heed the Coyote Gospel: Understanding Cruelty Through Grant Morrison’s Animal Man” (nominated by Amalia Herrmann)
Teresa Marie Hempen, “Making Machines, Becoming Animals: The Mechanics of Psychic Numbing in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five“ (nominated by Giovanna Fogli)
Jewel Loya, “Doves and Damsels: Patriarchy vs. Feminine Agency in ‘Cinderella'” (nominated by Jie Zhuang)
Kevin Ma, “A Humanist Tale Told by Nonhumans: How Nier: Automata Resolves the Existentialist Crisis” (nominated by Susan Morse)
Karen Phan, “Becoming Popinpobopian: Defining the Self Through Abjection, Metamorphosis, and (Re)Production in Earthlings” (nominated by Ben Garceau)
Jennellee Samkhem, “Cuteness & Capitalism: the Tamagotchi’s Role in ‘Cool Japan’s’ Reinvention” (nominated by Brook Haley)
Emily Tottori, “The Herd and the Neighsayers: Exploring Anxieties and Transgressive Expressions in Brony Fanfiction” (nominated by Sharareh Frouzesh)
2021 Award Winners
Shaylah Davis, “Spongebob Squarepants: How a Sea Sponge Became a Vital Member of the LGBTQIA+ Community” (nominated by Mary Schmitt)
Roseanne De Guzman, “The Othering of the Igorots by the Imperial Archive: Bontoc Eulogy‘s Reversal” (nominated by Giovanna Fogli)
Andrew Lee, “Beyond the Anthropocene: Becoming-Animal and A Thousand Plateaus“ (nominated by Larisa Castillo)
Kawain Lo, “Tailored Bodies and Reconstructed Illusions: The ‘Authentic’ Transgender Figure in The Silence of the Lambs“ (nominated by Ben Garceau)
Beatriz Lopez Galeana, “Living with Nature: Miyazaki Films as Fantasies and Frameworks of a Human-Nature Coexistence” (nominated by Susan Morse)
Laine Matkin, “Musical Metamorphosis” (nominated by Alice Berghof)
Sammy Merabet, “Conservative and Radical Madness Narratives in Creepypasta and Petscop“ (nominated by Tamara Beauchamp)
Lauren Sayat, “Reshaping the Narrative: How Media Misrepresentations Frame Indigenous Issues” (nominated by Ben Garceau)
Dorothy Truong, “Capitalist Mindset: Root of Speciesism and Sexism in Okja“ (nominated by Margaret Speer)
Enya Walker, “The Human-Animal Construct: Social Perceptions as a Basis for Personhood in Isle of Dogs“ (nominated by Amalia Herrmann)
2020 Award Winners
Alejandra Garcia Ceja, “Disney’s 2016 Film Zootopia as Postracial Utopia Created by the White Imaginary”
Kristian Chung, “Bojack Horseman: A Cynic’s Hollywood”
Maya Lenrow, “A Beginner’s Guide to the Human-Guide Dog Relationship”
Christopher Nagelvoort, “Becoming Anti-Human: How Lovecraftian Horror Philosophically Deconstructs Otherness”
Flor Solano, “Animalized Enfreakment: The Elephant Man”
2019 Award Winners
2018 Award Winners
Masaa Al-moukdad, “Ruins of Bosra”
Leeanne Qussiny, “The Immortal Refugee Child”
Michelle Tran, “The Romances of Ishi: A Mark of Civilization or Savagery?”
2017 Award Winners
Kimberly Hu, “Frankenstein–from Humanity to Monstrosity”
Gwynette Paez, “Seeking its Hidden Identity Within Contemporary Japan”
2016 Award Winners
Samiha Ali. “The Birangona Women of Bangladesh: Analyzing Representations of Sexual Violence during the 1971 Liberation War.”
Michelle Bui. “Beckett and Brecht: Thoughts on the Human Condition.”
Stephanie Matsuno. “The Kamikaze of Individual Dreams: A Film Analysis of Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.”
Nicole Nguyen. “Media Representations of the Nanking Massacre.”
Dominique Oei. “Constructing Magneto: the (Anti)-American Vision of the Holocaust.”
Darlene Vales. “Hamilton: Bringing Together the Past and the Present.”
See also prize-winning essays from previous years.