Three Jefferson Scholars receive Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards

March 2, 2018

The Center for Undergraduate Excellence at U.Va. has announced the names of 46 undergraduate students selected to receive a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award. Among this year’s recipients are three Jefferson Scholars, Daniel Ajootian, Diogo Fortes, and Jack Wilkins. They will receive up to $4,000 and an opportunity to work under the guidance of a U.Va. faculty member on a major research project. 

Daniel Ajootian, the Rhode Island Jefferson Scholar, will research the antebellum writings of Alexis de Tocqueville and Charles Sumner to understand the disconnection between their praise of American liberty as a value worthy of adoption abroad and their doubts of the ability for Americans to honor liberty in the practical politics of emancipation.

Diogo Fortes, the William C. Lickle Jefferson Scholar, will research the hormone oxytocin, which has known effects on social behavior and which is thought to be mediated by its ability to increase the salience of social stimuli.

Jack Wilkins, the William A. McClung Memorial Jefferson Scholar, will research how Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat, won a landslide re-election in the rural 17th District of Illinois, a district Donald Trump decisively won in 2016.

Read the UVA Today announcement to learn about the 2018 recipients here.

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Scholarship

The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

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Fellowship

The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

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Legacy

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

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