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The Virginia E. Lewis Best Paper Award, established in 2010 by the Department of Political Science, is given to any student for the best paper in any political science course. The prize is named in honor of the late Virginia E. Lewis, emerita professor of political science, who taught at Hood College from 1947 until 1981. Professor Lewis died in 1985. Killian Geeslin is the recipient of this award.

In “Latino Americans and the 2016 Presidential Race,” Killian Geeslin explored the political behavior of Hispanic Americans through in-depth interviews before and after the election. His nuanced analysis revealed the diverse motivations explaining the voting behavior of this population. Killian is a native of Frederick, Maryland, and transferred to Hood College from Frederick Community College. He is pursuing a B.A. in political science and hopes to pursue work on Capitol Hill to help create a more effective and responsive government for all Americans.

The Virginia E. Lewis for Outstanding Achievement in Political Science, established in 2010 by the Department of Political Science, is awarded to a student majoring in political science. The prize is named in honor of the late Virginia E. Lewis, emerita professor of political science, who taught at Hood College from 1947 until 1981. Professor Lewis died in 1985. The prize is awarded to Anđela Golemac.

Anđela came to Hood from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a double major in political science and eco- nomics. She undertook a joint Departmental Honors research project on the topic of gender and remittances. The title of her paper is “Gender Speci c Patterns of Spending Remittances and their Implications for Development: Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina.” She has presented this research at the Eastern Economic Conference in NYC. In 2015, Anđela was the recipient of the Virginia E. Lewis Best Paper Award. She is a member of the follow- ing honors societies: Omicron Delta Epsilon, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society, and Phi Sigma Alpha. At Hood, she is a member of the Association of Women in Mathematics, the Red Cross Club, the Rotaract Club and Model UN. Recently, Andela accepted an offer to attend the Ph.D. program in economics at the University of Delaware with a fully funded teaching assistantship position.

The Award in Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Studies is given to an outstanding student who has minored in nonprofit and civic engagement studies. This award acknowledges the outstanding contributions of students to the study of nonprofit organizations and their commitment to civic engagement and active citizenship. Daniel Cramer is this year’s winner.

Daniel is an outstanding graduate of the nonpro t and civic engagement studies minor. His academic work has amply demonstrated his deep understanding and appreciation for the important role the nonpro t sector plays in furthering democracy and civic engagement. Daniel has put his studies to immediate use and is working for the United Way of Frederick County, Maryland.

The Linda Wyatt ’68 and Marleen Spriggs ’69 Award in African American Studies is given to an outstanding student who has minored in African American studies. This book award honors the lives and memory of the first two African American students to graduate from Hood College. Riyan Faith Williams is the recipient of this award.

Riyan is an outstanding student of African American studies. After her studies at Hood, she hopes to utilize her major in education to work with special needs children. Her minor in African American studies will provide her with a deeper understanding of the needs of black students and their parents’ struggles for their children’s education.