St. Catherine of Siena Peace and Justice Research Award

The St. Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award will be given to an undergraduate student in Spring 2017 for a research paper and/or project relevant to peace and justice issues.

Students are invited to submit work completed in Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 semesters. Submissions should be at least six (6) pages. Submitted papers will be evaluated by the staff of the Center for Peace and Justice Education through a process of blind review.  Deadline for 2017 submission is Friday, January 27, 2017. A cash award will be presented to the awardee. Please submit papers to

Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

-Excellent writing and clear structure
-Significant use of research with sources well integrated and thoughtfully utilized
-Topic related to concerns of peace and/or justice
-Demonstration of critical thinking, insight, and creativity
-Appreciation of complexity
-Ability to effectively defend claims
-Ideally, offers constructive ideas in addition to identifying problems and challenges


2016 Award Recipient

2016 Award Recipient: Claire Kimilu !

Claire's paper titled: “In the Shelter of Each Other: We Will Live Refugees in Kenya and the United States”

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2014 Award Recipient: John Catalano!

John's paper titled “Empowerment through SNAP: From Hunger to Husbandry.”  


2013 Award Recipient

2013 Award Recipient: Kevin Gallagher!

Kevin's paper titled “Ethnicity and the State: Philosophies of Memory Preservation in Rwanda.”   


Contact Information

Center for Peace & Justice Education
Villanova University
Corr Hall, 106
800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
Ph: 610.519.4499
Fx: 610.519.4496

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The Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova 2014 Peace Award Presentation

The Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova 2013 Peace Award Presentation

The Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova 2012 Peace Award Presentation

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