Winners Announced for Inaugural USC Libraries Research Award

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Two undergraduate students utilizing testimonies from the USC Shoah Visual History Archive earned the top prizes for papers submitted to the first-annual USC Libraries Research Award competition, which encourages the use of primary source materials in student research.

International Relations major Nitya Ramanathan took the first prize with her paper entitled
How Do We Put Ourselves Back Together? An Analytical Comparison between Transitional Justice in Rwanda and South Africa. History major Diem-Tran Nguyen took second place with The Paradoxical Treatment of Male Homosexual Prisoners During the Holocaust. Both papers were submitted as part of Professor Wolf Gruner’s Resistance to Genocide course.

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nnounced at a reception in Doheny Memorial Library’s second-floor Special Collections on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The submissions were assessed based on the extent and effectiveness of their use of primary sources. The judges for the competition consisted of University Professor Leo Braudy, professor of anthropology and director of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries Joseph Hawkins, USC lecturer in history Lindsay O’Neill, and undergraduate student Tyler Cundiff.

Second place winner Diem-Tran Nguyen and Professor Wolf Gruner

In this inaugural year, the award was limited to undergraduate students. Next year, the competition will be open to both undergraduates and graduates, competing in separate categories. The deadline for next year’s competition is January 20, 2015.

For more information about the competition, visit

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