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Examples of Prize-winning Reflective Essays

Below are links to research papers and reflective essays describing the research process from recent winners. These may serve as a guide and demonstrate the variety of topics and approaches; tips on the essay's contents are also available.

Papers from 2010 

  • Giving Up the Ghost: The Jacobean Elizabeth in The Revenger's Tragedy and Henry VIII, or All is True by Sophia Y. Gu; senior thesis; advisor Gordon Kipling 
    Research Paper | Reflective Essay (Adobe PDF Document)
  • Combating Hysteria: Blacklisting in Los Angeles, California by Madeline Yung; General Education Cluster M24; advisor Zuvi Gutfrend
    Research Paper | Reflective Essay  (Adobe PDF Document)
  • The History of the Malleus Maleficarum: A Bibliographical Study by Jesse R. Erickson; senior thesis; advisor Teofilo Ruiz
    Research Paper | Reflective Essay (Adobe PDF Document)

Papers from 2009 

  • A Community of Shared Goods as Presented in the New Testament Book of Acts of the Apostles: Preindustrial Urban Reality by Edgar Hermosillo Gayton. History 199; advisor S. Scott Bartchy
    Research Paper | Reflective Essay (Adobe PDF Document)
  • coming to writing too - The Algeria Syndrome, or 'Writing in Flight': Land, Language, and Self through the Autobiographical Lens of Hélène Cixous and Assia Djebar by Michaela Hulstyn; Comparative Literature 197; advisor Françoise Lionnet
    Research Paper | Reflective Essay  (Adobe PDF Document)
  • Undergraduate Student Work in Institutional Repositories: An Analysis and Policy Recommendation for the UC eScholarship Repository by Elisabeth Michaels; Information Studies 199; advisor Christine Borgman
    Research Paper | Reflective Essay (Adobe PDF Document)
  • Living on a Prayer: An Oral History Project by Maria Abesa; Sociology 153; advisor Min Zhou
    Research Paper | Reflective Essay  (Adobe PDF Document)