2012-2013 Winners

McVickar Prize 2012-13

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the Bishop McVickar Prize for the 2012-13 academic year.  This award is given to the best senior thesis on the topic of religion.

First Place:
"More than Words on a Page: An Exploration of the Jewish Kol Nidre Declaration"
-Lex Rofes

Second Place:
 "Sacred Land, Sacred Community: The Interface of Catholicism and the Environmental Work of New  Orleans and East Vietnamese Americans"
-Eric Young

Third Place:
"On Religious Literacy and Easy Definitions: A Survey-Based Look at the Complexity of Religious Identity Formation and Perception"
-Benjamin Marcus

"'New Democrats: Two Contemporary Approaches to Religious Reasoning, Pluralism, and Organizing in the Public Sphere"
-Michael Z. Mezera

Honorable Mentions:
"The Concept of Self in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Morita Therapy: The Similarities and Differences in the Therapeutic Mechanisms, Philosophies, and Methods."
- Hiroe Hu

"Interpretations of Ahlquist v. City of Cranston: Inter-spherical Relationships and the Threat of Alienation in Public Discourse"
-Elizabeth Matthews

"From Heaven to Earth: On the Religious and Aesthetic in Feuerbach, Wagner, and Nietzche"
-Matthew Peterson