2017 Thesis Prize Winners

Thank you to all who entered the 2017 Senior Thesis Prize in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights. Congratulations to the 2017 winners for their outstanding work!

Lorena Aviles Trujillo, '17

Winner | Migrant Smuggling: Understanding the Coyotaje Structure and Its Implications for Immigration Policy

LorenaAvilesI decided to write my thesis on the migrant smuggling after my freshman year when I took Sociology of Immigration, and our final assignment was to write a final paper on a topic of our choice. Therein, I decided to investigate the coyotaje system and realized that there wasn’t much information about it. As time went on, I continued to investigate this issue and eventually began my project under Professor Jocelyn Viterna. Read More...





Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez, '17

Winner | Unincorporated and Unprotected: East Porterville and the California Drought

I decided to write on this topic because I’m a native Californian and have lived most of my life in a drought. I have a lot of pride for the state and love learning as much about California as I can. About a year ago, I had come across an article in which NASA warned that California had only one year of water left. In a frantic google search, I came to learn that there were actually towns (only about 3 hours from me!) that hadn’t had water for 2 years. I was shocked that I didn’t know about this before, and that this situation was not being covered very much in the media. I knew then I just had to write and investigate this topic further. Read More...