Friday, April 10, 2015

Two students win top WSU awards

award clip fieldcropTwo WSU students will be honored by the College of Arts and Sciences this evening for their writing and research.

Julie Harrington, a business major with a history minor at WSU Global Campus, will receive the Asia Program Award for Best Paper in Asian Studies. James Pappas, an ASWSU Global senator, will present his research at the same reception, and receive the Asia Program Award for Excellence.

Harrington, of Kennewick, Wash., wrote her paper on Ban Zhao, known as China’s first female historian.

“When I received the email telling me I had won the Asia Program best paper award, I was ecstatic,” Harrington said. “I love history and it was so much fun to dive deep into Ban Zhao's life and work—and then to receive an award for something that was already so rewarding was awesome.”

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Her advice to other writers? “Love what you write—and what you are writing about,” she said. “If you are passionate about a subject, let that passion flow into your words.”  

Pappas, of Liberty Lake, Wash., won the Crimson Award, the top award for research excellence, in the humanities category of the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. His project was titled “The Enemy Within: A Case For What Defeated The Japanese Kamikaze Corps.” It was also nominated for the Howard C. Payne Award for Excellence in Research.

In 2014, Pappas also won the Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Writing Excellence Award for his writing portfolio. “This is all quite humbling, really,” Pappas said of the awards.

Pappas graduates this spring, and will start earning his master’s in history at WSU Pullman this fall.

Before coming to WSU Global Campus, Pappas served eight years abroad in the U.S. Marines and during the Desert Shield/Desert Storm War, and spent 20 years in corporate leadership.

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