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
I 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...