2021 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Winners

Blue graphic reading 2021 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research WinnersDuring UCLA's Undergraduate Research Week, the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes and honors excellence in undergraduate research at UCLA. This year, 16 outstanding scholars are being recognized for their use of Library resources in for a research paper or course project. Their submitted research is hosted on eScholarship, the University of California's open access publishing platform.

Winners of these eight prizes, spanning four categories, will be revealed on the Library’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts from May 24 to 27. Their accomplishments are also being recognized during the Undergraduate Research Week Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 28, starting at 2 p.m. PT and streaming live on Facebook.

Photo of Anisha Chandra ’23, Science, Engineering, and Math First Prize Winner
Science, Engineering and Math First Prize ($700)
 Anisha Chandra ’23 
Project title: The Role of Diet and Exercise in the Gut Microbiota and Metabolism (escholarship.org/uc/item/2v79p0c8)
Faculty sponsor: 
William McCarthy, Health Policy and Management

Photo of Tamar Ervin '22, Science, Engineering, and Math Second Prize Winner
Science, Engineering and Math Second Prize ($400)
 Tamar Ervin ’22
Project title: Coronal Hole Detection using Machine Learning Techniques (escholarship.org/uc/item/5qm499f2)
Faculty sponsor: Jacob Bortnik, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science 

Photo ofJessica Sawaya '22, Science, Engineering, and Math Second Prize Winner

Science, Engineering and Math Third Prize ($250)
 Jessica Sawaya ’23
Project title: Time Course of Estrogen and Progesterone-Induced Lordosis in Mice (escholarship.org/uc/item/7x870206)
Faculty sponsor: Paul Micevych, Neurobiology

Clockwise from top-left: Photo of Ma’ayan Epstein ’21, Hannah Huhn ’21, placeholder silhouette representing Anushka Jain ’21, photo of Krupa Prajapati ’21 and Oscar De La Rosa ’21.  Quotes from Ma’ayan Epstein, Hannah Huhn, and Krupa Prajapati

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences First Prize ($700)
 Oscar De La Rosa ’21, Ma’ayan Epstein ’21, Hannah Huhn ’21, Anushka Jain ’21 and Krupa Prajapati ’21
Project title: A Battle of Two Fronts: Effects of COVID-19 and Social Stigma on the Undocumented Latinx Community in California (escholarship.org/uc/item/37x0z0g2)
Faculty sponsor: Faculty Sponsor: Christopher Kelty, Society and Genetics

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Second Prize ($400)
 Olivia Bielskis ’23 and Kristen Tam ’23
Project title: Stimulating Antitrust Enforcement to Expand the Regenerative Agriculture Movement (escholarship.org/uc/item/0m16g2r5)
Faculty sponsor: William Boyd, Law 

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Honorable Mention ($250)
 Yaying Bai '22
Project title: Inchoate Unitary Visions: Tracing Nationalism in the Visual Culture of Korea’s International Expositions, 1893–1929 (escholarship.org/uc/item/9fs2s9k9)
Faculty sponsor: Kristopher Kersey, Art History 


Library Special Collections ($350)
 Ashley Kenney ’22, Alice Lu ’21, Sophie Marencik ’21, Alexandra Nechaev ’21 
Project title: It’s Always Sunny in Central LA (escholarship.org/uc/item/1m44k72t)
Faculty sponsor: Bharat Venkat, Society and Genetics

Best Project on Music after 1900 ($350)
 J.W. Clark ’21
Project title: Voicing the Fox: Vulpine Bodies and the Zoopolitics of Listening (escholarship.org/uc/item/9979p457)
Faculty sponsor: Benjamin Court, Musicology
Faculty mentor: Mitchell Morris, Musicology/LGBTQ Studies