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Five Berkeley graduates received a total of $105,000 in the third annual Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, administered by the division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Letters & Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Prizes were awarded to the following graduates, each of whom received a Bachelor of Arts in fall 2007 or spring 2008:
- Samma Ishaq, history major and global poverty and practice minor, was awarded $20,000 to evaluate the economic impact of the shahtoosh ban in Kashmir and look for alternative sources of income for female weavers;
- Jeffrey Martin, peace and conflict studies major, was awarded $20,000 to write about the Gila River Indian Community Water Settlement Act of 2004, one of the most important legislative acts of its kind in the history of the United States;
- Olivia Rosaldo-Pratt, ethnic studies and theater and performance studies double major, was awarded $20,000 to design and teach a special drama curriculum that will empower young students of color in the East Bay;
- Yoram Savion-Royant, interdisciplinary field studies major (“new media, art and social change”), was awarded $25,000 to train a young team of citizen journalists in producing multimedia stories about the criminal justice system for the Oakland Tribune and other websites;
- Michael Uy, music and political economy of industrial societies double major, was awarded $20,000 to document the national music education system of Venezuela and share his findings with an organization that offers free music instruction to underserved populations in Los Angeles.
Read the announcement of the prize winners here.