JESSIE ALPAUGH SENIOR PRIZE IN DISABILITY STUDIES
ABOUT THE PRIZE
The Jessie Alpaugh Senior Prize in Disability Studies, awarded annually, was established to recognize graduating seniors who are enrolled in the UCLA Disability Studies minor and have developed an outstanding capstone project that contributes to emerging scholarship in the field and also captures their intellectual passion. Click here to make a contribution.
ABOUT JESSIE CHARLOTTE BLACKMAR ALPAUGH
The prize is named in honor of Jessie Charlotte Blackmar Alpaugh, an art history major at UC Berkeley who, during the last summer before her sudden death in 2002, worked at UCLA on an independent studies project that contributed to the foundation of UCLA's Disability Studies minor.
At the age of 16, Jessie had suffered a catastrophic series of neurological illnesses that left her a quadriplegic with severe speech, hearing, and visual impairments. Despite these challenges, Jessie thrived intellectually and was admitted to UC Berkeley in 1999 as a Chancellor's Scholar. There she found a vibrant group of scholars who were engaged in developing the interdisciplinary field of disability studies. The disability world was never a "club" that Jessie wished to join - the illness that had threatened her life and left her severely disabled deeply saddened her. However, through disability studies she discovered an amazing academic community that simultaneously challenged her mind, respected her experience, and sparked in her a sustaining passion and purpose.
Jessie would be extraordinarily proud of the UCLA Disability Studies program and would be humbled to learn about the senior prize awarded in her name.
Graduating seniors will receive information about how to apply for the prize during beginning of the spring quarter from the Academic Advisor for the Disability Studies Minor.
PROFILES OF 2017 STUDENT WINNERSJUSTIN KAWAKAMIMajor:
EnglishProject Title: “Merely more than de minimis”: Establishing Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the United States under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA)?
Justin is a fourth-year English major, Disability and Education Studies double minor. After graduation, he will be attending the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) where he will earn his California Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Education. He then hopes to become a high school English teacher in his hometown of San Mateo, CA. There, he plans on teaching literature through a Disability Studies lens and providing students with the tools to challenge normativity in both the texts they read and the communities they inhabit. MISO KWAKMajor:
PsychologyProject Title: Relationship Between Accessibility of Music Education and Self-Esteem of Blind/Visually Impaired Students in Grades 6-12
Miso is a fourth year Psychology major, Disability Studies minor, and Education Studies minor at UCLA. Miso’s experience of growing up as a blind person sparked her interest in pursuing Disability Studies minor at UCLA. Miso is especially interested in how disability influences students’ educational opportunities because of her experience of attending a school for the blind in South Korea from preschool to 7th grade and being mainstreamed in the United States starting in middle school. She hopes to pursue a career that will have a positive impact on expanding educational opportunities for students of all abilities.
Jaemmie Cañas - 2016Major:
PAST WINNERS OF THE JESSIE ALPAUGH PRIZE
What Futures Await Foster Youth and Psychiatric Disabilities?Rebecca Snyder - 2016
Major: PsychologyProject Title:
Examination of Voting Restrictions for Individuals with Mental DisabilitiesDianna Padilla - 2015Major:
Anthropology Project Title:
Latino Border Town Communities and Autism: An Analysis on Access to Resources for Children with Autism in Nogales, ArizonaNikki Reyes - 2015Major:
English LiteratureProject Title:
SISE - Sensory Integration Strategies for Early Educators (A proposal for Public Early Educators)Brittany Steiminger - 2014Major:
Psychology Project Title:
Democratic Schooling: A viable alternative for autistic students? Shayna Svihovec - 2014Major:
Human Biology and SocietyProject Title:
Straddling the Line Between the Deaf and Hearing Communities in a Hearing Dominated WorldHannah Warren - 2013Major:
Insurance and Intervention: An Evaluation of the Relationship between Service Access and Socioeconomic Status of Families with Children with AutismJessica Kianmahd - 2013Major:
Psychology Project Title:
Proposing a New Perspective of Disability: Approaching the Persian Jewish Community from a Jewish LensPaulina Ong - 2012 Major:
Physical Science Project Title:
Saying Something About Autism: An Evaluation of the Personhood Consciousness Model of Music Therapy Sarah Baron - 2012Major:
Political ScienceProject Title:
Impact of Affordable Care Act for people with disabilitiesEunice Im - 2011Major:
What Happened to the Clubhouse? An Investigative Study on a Program for Children with Autism in the UCLA Medical Center Rhiannon Maycumber - 2011Major:
A Qualitative Comparison of Transition Practices for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in California and the United Kingdom Shareen Nizami - 2010Major:
Political ScienceProject Title:
Working with the FMLA: Expanding Rights of the WorkforceMichelle Tang - 2010Major:
Center Stage: How a Passion for the Performing Arts Help Deaf/hard of Hearing Individuals Find a Social Outlet and Overcome Their Disability
JESSIE ALPAUGH PRIZE HONORABLE MENTION
Lindsey Hoffman - 2016Vanessa Magula - 2016Ana Zepeda - 2016 Cindy Sayani - 2015Kristen Lee - 2015Brianna Mitchell- 2013James Choi - 2012
Jenna Rodman - 2012
Laura Merchant - 2010
Lillian Kong - 2010