Monday, May 14, 2007

Undergraduate Research Awards for Spring 2007

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research has made awards to two undergraduate students for the Spring of 2007 under its Undergraduate Research Award Program. These awards are designed to encourage and support research in the humanities by undergraduate students at Texas A&M University. Audre Honnas and Geraldine Gray have both received awards of $500 for research expenses in order to pursue their current projects.

Audre Honnas, a Communication major, is currently studying the influence of entertainment media on civic culture. Using case studies such as Ronald Reagan’s 1966 gubernatorial campaign and Arnold Schwarzenneger’s 2003 gubernatorial campaign, her project explores the ways entertainment media intersects with American civic culture. She hopes to illustrate the ways in which entertainment media can be said both to debase and to democratize American politics.

Geraldine Gray, a History major, is examining the history of women in Jamaica and Barbados between 1750 and 1838. Specifically, her work investigates the contradictions between women’s lived experiences during the period and the legal structures that sought to legislate gender and sexuality. She also intends to examine the ways women protested against these practices.

Another call for this award will be distributed in fall 2007. For more more information, please contact James Rosenheim, Director, and 979-845-8328 or, visit the Center’s website at