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Two UEA International Development students receive highly commended for the Undergraduate Awards 2015

Four of DEV's recent graduates, Rivka Benjamin, Louisa Fenwick, Deborah Busari and Benjamin Pollock have received Highly Commended and have been shortlisted for the International Undergraduate Awards 2015. Their papers, on subjects within Gender, Anthropology and Social Sciences, performed in the top 10% of the 2015 programme, and have made the shortlist to be announced as one of 50 Winners. This is a fantastic achievement for the students, who have been identified as outstanding academics at the international level.

This year, the Awards received 5,117 submissions from students in 255 universities across 39 countries. Rikva's paper, entitled "Alternative Capital Investment: Identity and socialisation of undergraduate economics students at X.", made it to the top 10% of all submissions in the Gender Studies & Anthropology category, representing University of East Anglia, as assessed by a panel of academics from universities around the world. 

Louisa says:

"I applied on a whim and cannot believe I have received highly commended for my essay and have been shortlisted for the further awards. I submitted my ethnographic research piece for the module Research Methods for Social Anthropology, a module which I thoroughly enjoyed; the essay was one of my favourites to write. To have received this recognition for my work is amazing, I’m so proud of myself and the other DEV and UEA students who have been shortlisted for their achievements at an international level. I am looking forward to receiving the award in Dublin later this year".

You can view the full list of Highly Commended Entrants here. The winners – the top performer in each of our 25 categories in both the Irish and International programmes – should be announced on September 23rd.