The Duke Libraries' Instruction and Outreach Department has announced the winners of the 2009 Durden Prize:
First/Second Year: Shane Hunt for his paper "Compelling interests: Understanding the balance of mandatory autonomy through metropolitan pressures"
Third/Fourth Year: John Harpham for his paper "Oedipal complex: Detective, criminal, and the aesthetic of crime" and Andrew Simon for his paper "Rescuing the Mizrahi Jew: A story of heroes, victims, villains and consequences" (John and Andrew will be splitting the prize)
Honors Thesis: Sophie Lehman for her thesis "Tibetan elections in exile: From theocratic monarchy to a developing exile democracy, 1959-2000"
The Robert F. Durden Prize recognizes undergraduates’ excellence in research, including their analysis, evaluation and synthesis of sources, and encourages students to make use of the general library collections and services at Duke University. Funding for the awards has been provided by Stuart (W.C.’64) and Bill Buice (L.’64) and named in honor of Robert “Bob” F. Durden, professor emeritus of history.
The Libraries also offer the Middlesworth Awards, which were established to encourage and recognize excellence of research, analysis, and writing by Duke University students in the use of primary sources and rare materials held by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library of Duke University. Funding for the awards has been provided by Chester P. Middlesworth (A.B.’49) of Statesville, North Carolina.
Guidelines and deadlines for the 2010 Durden Prize and Middlesworth Awards will be posted soon at
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