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    Two English majors were awarded the SUNY Chancellors Awards for Student Excellence, John O’Brien and Chelsea Reinhardt. Chelsea is a double major in English and Social Science Interdisciplinary. In the fall, she will attend the UB Graduate School of Education and the MA program in Public Health. 
Marion Quirici has been awarded  the Krause Research Fellowship in Irish Studies. It is a $700 travel grant to be used for archival research. Marion plans to go to the National Library of Ireland to consult the newly acquired Christy Brown papers for the final chapter of her dissertation.
The winners of the 2015-16 Opler-Doubrava Fellowships are
Her dissertation, “Fitness for Freedom: Disability and Irish Modernism,” considers the legacies of colonial and postcolonial discourses of Irishness that classify the nation as disabled, and its citizens as unfit for freedom. In an international context of eugenics and degeneracy theory, Irish writers traffic in disability aesthetics as a means of critiquing political metaphors of embodiment. Authors considered include Yeats, Gregory, Pearse, Joyce, Beckett, Brian O’Nolan, Christy Brown, Christopher Nolan, and Edna O’Brien.
This prize is sponsored by the Dean of Undergraduate Education and is for the best piece of factual prose by a UB undergraduate.     

This year's winner is Rebecca Tong.  

First runner-up is Angelina Bruno.