Headshots of the winners of the Global Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate student earns global honours

Faculty of Arts and Science student Bethany Schaufler-Biback has earned top honours at the Global Undergraduate Awards. She was named a Global Winner when her submission was selected as the best in the Music, Film, and Theatre category. There are 25 categories and this year there were 2,272 submissions from 352 institutions across 111 countries.

For her efforts she receives a gold medal and a fully funded trip to attend the UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland.

“I’d like to offer my congratulations to Bethany for earning top honours.” says Nick Mosey, Associate Dean (Global Engagement), FAS. “These awards recognize top undergraduate work from around the world and share this work with a global audience. The awards also provide all eight of our winners with a basis from which to continue to engage with their global counterparts during their time at Queen’s and beyond.”

Along with Schaufler-Biback, whose paper is titled Etiquette, Ableism, and Access in Contemporary Theatre, two FAS students were named Regional Winners and five FAS students earned Highly Commended honours.

Entrants whose paper or project ranked in the top 10 percent of submissions in their category are shortlisted as Highly Commended entrants. The highest performing Highly Commended entrant in each region is named a Regional Winner in their category. All category winners are published and receive a certificate of recognition.

The winners are:

Global Winner

  • Bethany Schaufler-Biback, Music, Film, and Theatre Category - Etiquette, Ableism, and Access in Contemporary Theatre

Regional Winners (USA and Canada)

  • Jocelyn Carr, History Category - “My poems are indelicate. But so is life.”: Langston Hughes's Misalignment with the Dominant Harlem Renaissance Agenda
  • Jason Burns, Psychology Category - The Heart Beats for Comfort: Maternal Borderline Personality Disorder Features and Preschoolers' Cardiovascular Responses to Maternal Presence

Highly Commended

  • Anshul Pattoo. Computer Science Category - Optimizing Faster R-CNN for Breast Cancer Detection on Mammography: Depth Reduction, Focal Loss, and Non-Local Operations
  • Olivia Batten, Politics & International Relations Category - Weaponizing Artificial Intelligence: Preventing Misuse and Protecting International Peace and Security
  • Zhiqing (Mavis) Wu, Politics & International Relations Category - The Ethics of Voice Recognition Technology: A Slippery Slope Towards Ethically Objectionable Outcomes
  • Kayla Gordon, Psychology Category - Mediators and Moderators of Affiliate Stigma Experienced by Parents with Autistic Children: A Scoping Review
  • Melody Garas, Psychology Category - Sexual Risk Behaviours in the Link Between Childhood Emotional Maltreatment and Adult Sexual Revictimization in Mono & Plurisexual Women

To learn more about the awards and the award winners, visit the Global Undergraduate Awards website