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Two Seniors Awarded Undergraduate Research Prizes

Two Indiana University seniors were awarded undergraduate research prizes for their research projects in practical ethics. Each presented a summary of his research at the Poynter Center during the spring 2011 semester.

Corbin Santo and Sandra DeWeese

Corbin Santo (left) and his advisor, Sandra DeWeese

Corbin Santo, a senior majoring in health administration, researched end-of-life health care decision-making and proposed changes in policies and state laws that will address options and patient autonomy. His project, "Preserving Patient Autonomy at the End of Life," was directed by Sandra DeWeese from Health Administration in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Jonah Williams is a senior in anthropology and journalism. He studied violence, oppression, and dominating power structures as human phenomena from an anthropological perspective, with a special focus on those who are homeless. Jonah's project, "Homelessness as Delinquency: How Private Interests Enforce Constructs of Normalcy in Public Space," was directed by Professor Marvin Sterling from the Department of Anthropology.

Jonah Williams and Marvin Sterling

Jonah Williams (left) and his advisor, Marvin Sterling

The Undergraduate Research Prizes in Practical Ethics are awarded in a competitive process. Richard Miller, the Director of the Poynter Center, describes the prizes in these terms: "These research prizes aim to stimulate ethical reflection in undergraduate education, reward highly motivated students, and facilitate innovative projects across the disciplines. They enable students to develop close mentoring relationships with IU faculty and take advantage of the input and expertise of the Poynter Center community. We have been pleased to support students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelley School of Business, and the School of Informatics in the past."

The program, which began in 2005-06, is funded by the Poynter Center.