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The Catholic Faith and Culture and Spiritan Studies Award for Undergraduate Research


The Center for Catholic Faith and Culture (CCFC) and Center for Spiritan Studies (CSS) are pleased to announce an award for undergraduate research. Our aim is to celebrate and encourage undergraduate research that engages resources in Catholic intellectual traditions in general or Spiritan sources more particularly. The award will include a prize of $250.


Research projects accepted for the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium (URSS) will be considered for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Spiritan Studies Award for Undergraduate Research. To learn more about the URSS and submit an abstract please visit their web page. Read more about the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture and the Center for Spiritan Studies.

Evaluation Criteria

The directors of the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture and the Center for Spiritan Studies will evaluate relevant submissions according to the following criteria:

Substantive engagement with Catholic intellectual resources in general or Spiritan Resources particularly
  • Clearly identifies Catholic or spiritan resources (concepts, theories, thinkers, texts, practices, communities, cultural products) to be explored as the primary focus of research or applied in the service of another research topic
  • Demonstrates understanding of and faclity with those resources
Scholarly merit
  • Scholarly merit
  • Clearly defined research agenda
  • Demonstrated familiarity with relevant literature
  • Depth of analysis
  • Critical thinking and originality
Communication of research
  • Organization and clarity
  • Effective use of poster format

2016 Winner

  • Maggie Ballantyne, Senior/Public Relations/McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
    "Say Yes to the Dress Goes to Church: A Feminist Theological Analysis of Catholic Marriage Preparation in the Mid-Atlantic Region"

    (Catholic Intellectual Tradition Award/Spiritan Studies Award) 

2015 Winner

  • Edward Lippl, Junior/Rangos School of Health Sciences
    "The Effect of Sexual Orientation on Religious Beliefs"
    (Catholic Intellectual Tradition Award/Spiritan Studies Award)

2014 Winners

  • Franklin J. Giovannelli, Junior/ A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration
    "The Papacy in the High Renaissance of Rome" 
    (Catholic Intellectual Tradition Award)
  • Olivia Reddick,Senior/ McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
    "The Human Body As Psychological and Spiritual" 
    (Spiritan Studies Award)

2013 Winners

  • Megan Barber, Sophomore/Rangos School of Health Sciences
    "Religious and Spiritual Application in Healthcare"
  • Stephanie Sloan and Rebecca Marie Yoder, Sophomores/Mary Pappert School of Music
    "From Heavens to Hands: A Student's Perspsective on the Music of Charles Tournemire"

Center for Catholic Faith and Culture
Darlene Fozard Weaver, Ph.D., Director


Center for Spiritan Studies
James Chukwuma Okoye, CSSp., Ph.D., Director