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 2014 for a research paper and/or project relevant to peace and justice issues.

Students are invited to submit work completed in Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 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 submission is Monday, February 3, 2014. 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


2013 Award Recipient

Congratulations 2013 Award Recipient: Kevin Gallagher!

Kevin's paper titled “Ethnicity and the State: Philosophies of Memory Preservation in Rwanda,”  was  wonderfully written and demonstrated a terrific appreciation of issues pertaining to peace and justice in our world.


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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