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By Abigail Brooks

Staff Reporter

The University’s Center for Peace and Justice Education has announced that it will give the St. Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award to an undergraduate student in the spring of 2013.

The award will be given for a research paper or project that is relevant to issues of peace and justice.

A cash award of $250 will be presented to the awardee.

According to Timothy Horner, a professor in the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the purpose of the contest is to have students compose scholarly essays about social justice or peace and conflict issues.

While many other departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hold similar contests throughout the year, the St. Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award is new to the Center for Peace and Justice Education this year.

Submission is open to all undergraduate students, whether they are enrolled in peace and justice courses or not.

“We are hoping that faculty members will submit copies of their students’ papers or students submit papers for consideration for this award,” Horner said. “It is a cash award that we hope will raise the profile of students doing research in social justice and peace and conflict studies.”

Students who wish to enter the contest are invited to submit work completed in the spring 2012 and fall 2012 semesters.

Research papers are required to be at least six pages in length. Graduated seniors from the Class of ‘12 are not eligible to submit to the competition.

All papers and projects that are submitted to the St. Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award will be evaluated by the Center for Peace and Justice Education through a process of blind review.

The Center for Peace and Justice Education is both a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as a division of the Office for Mission and Ministry. The Center includes “an interdisciplinary academic program, informed by the Catholic social tradition that focuses on issues of social justice and peace.”

St. Catherine of Siena, for whom the award is named, is one of the two patron saints of Italy, the other being St. Francis of Assisi.

She is known for her work toward peace during a civil war in her country between Pisa and Lucca during the late 1300s. Additionally, she is recognized for influencing Pope Gregory XI to leave Avignon and return the papacy to Rome in January of 1377.

During the Great Schism of the Catholic Church, she followed the Roman claimant, Urban VI, who summoned her to Rome. She spent the rest of her life working towards the reformation of the Church, serving the poor and the sick, and writing letters on Urban’s behalf.

Her last political work was the reconciliation of Pope Urban VI with the Roman Republic in 1380.

Catherine of Siena was canonized as a saint by Pope Pius II in 1461.

Submissions to the St. Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award will be accepted until the deadline, Feb. 1, 2013.

 

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