Established in 2011, the Honors Library Research Award recognizes Columbia College Chicago students who conduct outstanding research in an Honors course. The Library and the Office of the Dean in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer the award annually to undergraduate students at the end of the academic year.
Submitted work must include an annotated bibliography of all sources used in the research using the style standard required in the course .
There were no awards given during the 2017/2018 academic year; however, the awarded papers for first and second place for recent years are available below.
Female Filmmakers in the 1920s
2018/2019 2nd place award winner. This paper explores the idea that the 1920s filmmaking "was recognized as an opportunity for big business, and women were pushed into the shadows with unfortunate long-lasting consequences." 13 pages.
At 977 Weeks, Your Baby Can Make Jokes About These Stupid Billboards
2018/2019 first place award winner. This paper explores the idea that abortion rhetoric creates a stalemated political climate. "If we want to change legislation, we have to change the conversation, finding new strategies through which to convey our ideas. Our solution can be found in the most unlikely of places: comedy." 17 pages.
It Matters What You Call a Thing: How Illustration During the Indian Mutiny Shaped the Visual Culture of Victorian England
2016/2017 second place award winner. The paper elucidates the origins of image, text, and ideology as a visual culture of fear and racism in white, middle-class England. 12 pages.
2016/2017 1st place award winner. This paper examines the intersections between "textpseaking" language and the rules of written and spoken English using a texted versus "normal language" dialogue. 19 pages.