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GSJ Awards

trophy for GSJ best overall paper submissions

The Best Overall Submission


  • 2020: Mark Vowels II, Class of 2020, "Human Trafficking: A Major Issue for the US."
  • 2019:  Joshua Malott, Class of 2019, "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder."
  • 2018: D. Todd Truesdale, Class of 2018, "Morocco - Slow, Steady, and Setting the Example : An Analysis of Democritization in the Kingdom of Morocco."
  • 2017:  Monica Paulk, Class of 2017, "A Journey:  From Being Muslims  in China to Becoming Chinese Muslims."
  • 2016: Matthew Scalise, Class of 2016, "Homosexuality and Religion: Can Jewish and Christian Dogma Reconcile the Actions of the LGBT Community?"
  • 2015: McKenzie Pepper, Class of 2015, "Women in Tanakh."
  • 2014: Jane Ma, Class of 2015, "From Satanic to Sublime: Marlowe's Faustus and Milton's Satan as Protypes of the Romantic Hero."
  • 2013: Thomas A. Gorman, Jr., MBA Graduate Student, "Capitalism: If History Has Taught U.S. Anything..."
  • 2012: Robert P. Keener, III, Class of 2014, "Dark Themes In 'A Clean, Well-Lighted Place."
  • 2011: Devon C. Smith, Class of 2012, "The Method Behind His Madness."


trophy for GSJ best undergraduate paper submissions

The Best Undergraduate Submission


  • 2020: Matthew Blair, Class of 2020, "The Wisdom of The Crowd."
  • 2019:  William Hope, Class of 2020, "Small Modular Reactors: An Emerging Technology."
  • 2018: Grant Miller, Class of 2018, "The Enduring Reality of Violence as seen in McCarthy's Blood Meridian."
  • 2017: Todd Truesdale, Class of 2018, "Extractive Institutions and the Arab Spring." 
  • 2016: John Hope, Class of 2016, "Progressive and Conservative Understandings of the American Political Tradition."
  • 2015: Erik Usher, Class of 2015, "Perceived Risk of Developing Cardiovascular Disease Among African Americans."
  • 2014: Sarah Katchen, Class of 2014, "Use of Percoll Gradient for Purifying Mitochondria Preparation in Brassica Olerace with Histone H3 Implications."


trophy for GSJ best graduate paper submissions

The Best Graduate Submission


  • 2020: Blake Harllee, "Rwandan Domestic Counterinsurgency Strategy: Iron First with International Indifference."
  • 2019: Sarah Walker, "ADHD and Romantic Relationships."


trophy for GSJ best oral presentation

The Best Oral Presentation


  • 2020: Mark Vowels II, Class of 2020, "Human Trafficking: A Major Issue for the US."
  • 2019:  Hannah Dion, Class of 2022, "Grendel: The Face of a Nation."
  • 2018: Charles L. Turner, Class of 2018, "Religious Freedoms in the Criminal Justice System."
  • 2017: John H. Reynolds, Class of 2018, "The Annexation of Crimea: Intelligence Shortcomings and Successes."


blue ribbon for GSJ best photograph

The Best Photograph


  • 2020: Zachary Adkins, Class of 2021.
  • 2019: Samuel Abernathy, Class of 2019 and Ian Taylor, Class of 2019, "Elvis."
  • 2018: Morgan A. Meredith, Class of 2018, "Ring and Champagne."
  • 2017:  Michael J. Kecken, Class of 2017.
  • 2016: Joseph Federico, Class of 2016.
  • 2015: James McManus, Class of 2016.
  • 2014: Nick Pinelli, Class of 2016.
  • 2013: Ryan J. Boodee, Class of 2014.
  • 2012: Matthew L. Herold, Class of 2012.


blue ribbon for GSJ distinction in photography

The GSJ Distinction in Photography


  • 2020: Dashawn Costley, Class of 2022.
  • 2019: William Rasberry, Class of 2019, "A Study in Wildlife Photography."


Awards for GSJ

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  • 2005: Special Merit Award Recipient, Other Magazines Category of The Case District III Advancement Awards Program. Entry included the 2004, 2003, and 2002 GSJ editions.
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