Disability Studies Minor




JESSIE ALPAUGH SENIOR PRIZE IN DISABILITY STUDIES


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» Jessie Alpaugh Prize Honorable Mention

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.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications are accepted every Spring quarter. Applicants will be required to submit a brief capstone proposal, statement, and transcript for review. Additional information regarding the application process will become available closer to the next application period (2018-2019 academic year).

If you have any questions, please contact 
Pia Palomo, Academic Counselor for the Disability Studies Minor. 

 
PROFILE OF 2018 STUDENT WINNER
JULIANA KOTZ
Major: Cognitive Science
Project Title: Human Rights, Dignity, and Disability Studies: An Investigation of Jail Conditions for People with Psychiatric Disabilites

Julie is graduating with a degree in cognitive science and a minor in disability studies in June 2018. Her academic and internship experiences through disability studies has shaped her career goals and overall outlook on diversity, inclusion, and human rights. In particular, her internship experience at OPICA, a day program for older adults with dementia, inspires her to become a clinical social worker in the future. Furthermore, her disability studies capstone research allowed her to explore human rights as it currently exists for people with psychiatric disabilities in jail. Julie is grateful for being a part of the disability studies program at UCLA and hopes to use what she has learned so far to make an impact in her future career.
PAST WINNERS OF THE JESSIE ALPAUGH PRIZE

Justin Kawakami - 2017
Major: English
Project 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)?

Miso Kwak - 2017
Major: Psychology
Project Title:Relationship Between Accessibility of Music Education and Self-Esteem of Blind/Visually Impaired Students in Grades 6-12

Jaemmie Cañas - 2016
Major: Anthropology
Project Title:What Futures Await Foster Youth and Psychiatric Disabilities?

Rebecca Snyder - 2016
Major: Psychology
Project Title: Examination of Voting Restrictions for Individuals with Mental Disabilities

Dianna Padilla - 2015
Major: Anthropology
Project Title: Latino Border Town Communities and Autism: An Analysis on Access to Resources for Children with Autism in Nogales, Arizona

Nikki Reyes - 2015
Major: English Literature
Project Title: SISE - Sensory Integration Strategies for Early Educators (A proposal for Public Early Educators)

Brittany Steiminger - 2014
Major: Psychology
Project Title: Democratic Schooling: A viable alternative for autistic students?

Shayna Svihovec - 2014
Major: Human Biology and Society
Project Title: Straddling the Line Between the Deaf and Hearing Communities in a Hearing Dominated World

Hannah Warren - 2013
Major: Psychology Project Title: Insurance and Intervention: An Evaluation of the Relationship between Service Access and Socioeconomic Status of Families with Children with Autism

Jessica Kianmahd - 2013
Major: Psychology
Project Title: Proposing a New Perspective of Disability: Approaching the Persian Jewish Community from a Jewish Lens

Paulina Ong - 2012
Major: Physical Science
Project Title: Saying Something About Autism: An Evaluation of the Personhood Consciousness Model of Music Therapy

Sarah Baron - 2012
Major: Political Science
Project Title: Impact of Affordable Care Act for people with disabilities

Eunice Im - 2011
Major: English
Project Title: What Happened to the Clubhouse? An Investigative Study on a Program for Children with Autism in the UCLA Medical Center

Rhiannon Maycumber - 2011
Major: Psychology
Project Title: A Qualitative Comparison of Transition Practices for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in California and the United Kingdom

Shareen Nizami - 2010
Major: Political Science
Project Title: Working with the FMLA: Expanding Rights of the Workforce

Michelle Tang - 2010
Major: English
Project Title: 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
Claudine Ignacio - 2018
Elaine Lu - 2018
Mandy Mekhail - 2017
Hayley McAvoy - 2017
Lindsey Hoffman - 2016
Vanessa Magula - 2016
Ana Zepeda - 2016
Cindy Sayani - 2015
Kristen Lee - 2015
Brianna Mitchell- 2013
James Choi - 2012
Jenna Rodman - 2012
Laura Merchant - 2010
Lillian Kong - 2010