Student Winners of the CSUDH Graduate Thesis/Project of the Year
student success in the annual, university-wide CSUDH Office of Graduate
Studies Thesis/Project of the Year competition is a tribute to the
academic excellence of our students. This is a competition between
all of the graduate programs in the university in which students
produce theses or projects as the "capstone experience"
in their degree.
every year since entering the competition (2000), a HUX student
has won outright or tied for first place in at least one of the
separate competitions for outstanding thesis and outstanding creative
HUX student Randall Weaver has been awarded for the 2013 Outstanding Thesis in the Humanities at CSUDH! His thesis, entitled The Forest Beneath The Clouds: Chinese-Americans And Accommodation In Nineteenth Century Northwestern California (Thesis Committee Chair: Linda Pmerantz-Zhang, Ph.D), analyzed the experience of Chinese-Americans in northwestern California between 1850 and 1900. This was accomplished by a comparison of the conditions and experiences of two adjacent Chinese-American communities in Humboldt and Trinity Counties.
Michael Kimmel won the CSUDH Outstanding Project of the Year for his play: “In Lincoln’s Footsteps." His mentor was Dr. Abe Ravitz.
This play, based on the assassination of President James A. Garfield, is extremely laudable, for its interesting development of the characters, a difficult venture for a dramatist when dealing with actual historical figures whose true realities are a matter of public record in the preserved so-called antiquities of the era, a time rich in tumultuous literary possibilities.
Jeremiah Shelton was the co-winner of the CSUDH Outstanding Thesis of the Year for his paper entitled: “A Comparative Reader-Response Analysis between ‘The Stranger’ and’ Crime and Punishment’." His mentor was Dr. Lyle Smith.
This thesis offers unique and compelling research, analysis and insight as the writer explores the themes of Dostoyevsky’s and Camus’s canonical exploration of their protagonists’ motivations for crime while discovering and revealing his own personal misdeed’s motives in relation to those. The negotiation of rigorous academic exposition with the writer’s own introspection while incarcerated produces an innovative study that offers new dimensions to the scholarship regarding the novels under review and also the scholarship of the reader-response genre, one that employs research methodologies that are both quantitative and qualitative.
Charles Sawin White Jr. won the 2010 CSUDH Outstanding Project of the Year for his work entitled: “Right Brain Killed Left." His mentor was Dr. Jacqueline Shannon.
Mr. White’s original composition “Right Brain Killed Left” is a through-composed suite of seven movements, inspired by many of the humanities, including music, history and philosophy. The musical influences range from Classical to jazz and popular artists including Ludwig van Beethoven, Esquivel, Maria Schneider, Igor Stravinsky and Stan Kenton. The philosophical influences come from studies of Zen Buddhism, Chinese Tao and Utopian society; the historical influence from the type of ensemble used, that of the U.S. Navy Fleet Band, a 35-60 piece ensemble centered on the traditional jazz big band most commonly associated with the Swing era of the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Megan Andassarov won the 2009 CSUDH Outstanding Thesis of the Year for her paper entitled: “Thracian Art: Unique or Highly Influenced.” Her mMentor was Dr. Bryan Feuer.
This thesis elaborates the defining features of Thracian art through precise elaboration of the artistic practices of different cultural influences, the Greeks, Persians, and Scythians, using comparative analysis that is detailed and nuanced. Her conclusions, that in fact there is considerable evidence to reevaluate the historical assumptions about Thracian art, are amply supported.
Michael Vezzuto was 1st runner up in 2008. His thesis was entitled The Divine Proportion and It's Uses in Musical Composition: An Investigation and Interpretation.
Robert W. Alcock won all-campus Thesis of the Year in 2007. His thesis was entitled Brothers inArms: The Daley Boys in the First World War.
Sandberg won CSUDH Outstanding Graduate Thesis of the
Year for "Unity and Isolation in the Novels of Virginia Woolf."
His mentor was Stephen Clifford (Literature).
Drayse Alonso won CSUDH Outstanding Graduate Project
of the Year for "The Linocut: A One-Hundred Year History
and Redemption of a Marginalized Medium." Her mentor was
Patricia Gamon (Art).
left: CSUDH Provost Allen Mori, Dianne Drayse Alonso, and HUX
Professor Patricia Gamon.
Stewart won CSUDH Outstanding Graduate Thesis of the
Year for "General Sherman in Fayetteville, North Carolina:
Impact on a Community." His mentor was Dr. Judson Grenier
Taravella won CSUDH Outstanding Graduate Project of
the Year for "Mother of Frankenstein," a two-act play.
Her mentor was Dr. Hal Marienthal (Literature).
Carlos (HUX 2003 alumnus) won CSUDH Outstanding Graduate
Thesis of the Year (Arts and Letters category) for "The Political
Implications of Modernism: The Brecht-Lukacs Debate." His
mentor was Dr. Thomas Giannotti, Jr. (Literature).
Clark (HUX 2003 alumnus) was runner-up for CSUDH Outstanding
Graduate Project of the Year for "Photogravure: Art and Technique."
His mentor was Dr. Louise Ivers (Art).
Conkling (HUX 2003 alumnus) won the CSUDH Outstanding
Graduate Project of the Year, 2003, for “’Twa Corbies’:
An Original Stage Play Based on the Historic Sir Thomas More/William
Tyndale Debates.” Chris wrote the screenplay for the animated
version of The Lord of the Rings.
About the HUX program brochure, he remembers saying to himself,
“You mean I can get a degree in all the things I’m
interested in anyway and for reading books I want to read?”
Brain (HUX 2002 alumna) tied for the CSUDH Outstanding
Graduate Thesis of the Year, 2002, for “Implications of
the Children in The Brothers Karamazov: Searching for Unity in
the Polyphonic Novel.” Her faculty mentor was Dr. Thomas
Giannotti, Jr. (Literature). Her husband is also a graduate of
the HUX program, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in History at U.C. Berkeley.
Robertson (HUX 2002 alumna) tied for the CSUDH Outstanding
Graduate Project of the Year, 2002, for “The Creation of
a Single-Panel Cartoon Series” (called Snapshots).
Her mentor was Professor Bernard Baker (Art). She has found the
comic strip to be a great way to communicate the Humanities: “The
comic strip talks about who we are every single day in a completely
honest way. It’s kind of a diary of our times—a two-second
pleasure that everyone takes with their breakfast.”
Weber won the CSUDH Outstanding Graduate
Thesis of the Year, 2001, for “A Jungian Study of
Violence and Grace in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor.”
Wesley Ignalls won the CSUDH Outstanding
Graduate Project of the Year, 2001, for “Bosworth,
1485: A Tactical Level Simulation of the Battle of Bosworth.”
His mentor was Dr. John Auld (History).
2000 alumnus) tied for the CSUDH Outstanding Graduate Thesis of
the Year, 2000, for "The Criminal Trial of O.J. Simpson and Enlightenment
Rationalization of Knowledge."
2000 alumnus) won
honorable mention in the CSUDH Outstanding
Graduate Project of the Year, 2000 competition.