Monson Prize

 

The Charles H. Monson Essay Prize honors Charles H. Monson Jr., a distinguished member of the University Philosophy Department from 1958 to 1974. Professor Monson earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Utah and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. During his years at the University, he served as chair of the Philosophy Department and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He received the University‚Äôs Distinguished Teaching Award in 1970. In his honor, an annual prize is awarded to an undergraduate who writes an outstanding paper on a subject having to do with social change (the application includes submission of an original piece of work that is 5-20 pages in length).


2020 Monson Prize Awardees

Hanna Thistle (Prof. Rebecca Utz)
INTERTWINING BIOMEDICAL & BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL HEALTHCARE MODELS TO MINDFULLY ACHIEVE OVERALL WELLBEING

“A sociocultural approach to addressing the rising stress and anxiety levels involves shifting current attitudes towards mental health. Just because mental health is invisible to the human eye does not mean it contributes any less to one’s overall health and wellbeing than physical health does. Instead of mental health being an uncomfortable and largely avoided topic of conversation, it should be widely normalized, encouraged and prioritized just as much just as much P.E. classes and gym outings prioritize physical health. The educational system could make a major sociocultural impact on future generations of kids equipping them with healthy behavior skills that can be used as lifelong tools.”

 

Rachel Coy (Prof. Shane Macfarlan)
WAR RITUAL IN SMALL SCALE SOCIETIES: POTENTIAL TREATMENT FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD

“The results of this research may have long-term implications on both psychiatric treatment options for veterans with PTSD and the policies and procedures for reintegrating military personnel back into civilian life. Additionally, by increasing our understanding of mental illness it helps to destigmatize these conditions. The study of how mental illness is acknowledged and treated in non-western cultures could provide a novel approach to our understanding of mental health problems.”

 

The call for self-nominations for the Monson Prize is announced via our student and faculty/staff listservs.

 

Past Monson Prize Awardees

 

2019 Monson Prize Winners

Pictured left-to-right: Prof. Akiko Kamimura, Andy Weyrich (VP for Research), Rebecca Higham (2019 Monson Awardee), Prof. David Derezotes, Jasmine Robinson (2019 Monson Awardee), Dan Reed (Senior VP of Academic Affairs), Karl Schatten.

 

2019

Jasmine Robinson (Prof. David Derezotes)
The Black Perspective: Historical and Structural Violence to the Black Community

Rebecca Higham (Prof. Akiko Kamimura)
Stress Management Classes for Uninsured Free Clinic Patients in the United States

 

 

 

 

2017

Kai Sin (Prof. Akiko Kamimura)
Cardiovascular disease and diabetes among refugees in the USA

2016

Kyle Criddle (Prof. Leslie Francis)
Feasibility of the Lake Powell Pipeline Development Act and Proposed Water Conservation Alternatives

2015

Colette Ankenman (Prof. Marissa Diener)
Understanding youth educational and occupational goals in after school programs

2014

David X. Elwell
Osmotic power generation using natural salinity gradient in Great Salt Lake

2013

Madeleine Oritt
Accessibility to HIV/AIDS medications in resource-limited countries

2012

Laurel L. Baeder
WWW.ENGL.ISH: The effect of internationalized domain names on web content and design

Esther Kim
Recreational re-creating: A cultural critique of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides

2011

Leonel Nieto (Prof. Julie Stewart)

2010

Susan Akok (Prof. Kim Korinek)
Are there barriers to basic prenatal care in refugee communities? A case study of Sudanese women in Salt Lake City