CEU Students Awarded at Hungarian Research Competition

Four CEU students won prizes for their academic research at the 34th National Conference of Scientific Students’ Associations (OTDK). The conference, held on April 24-26 in Budapest, included a competition for the best academic papers written by Hungarian students from across Hungary and in neighboring countries.

David Baqais, a master’s student in the Department of Gender Studies, won first prize in the American culture and history category. Baqais' paper, titled "'And So It Came...': Reparative Shame in A Single Man," is a queer theoretical comparative analysis of Christopher Isherwood's novel A Single Man and its 2009 film adaptation.

Luis De la Pena, an MA student in the Department of History, received the special prize from the Latin-American-Hungarian Association for his paper “Republicanism, revolution and classical reception in the independence process of Colombia and Greece.” 

“My topic—comparing 19th century Latin American and Balkan history—is somewhat new and unusual,” said De la Pena. “I look specifically at the independence processes which were happening at the same time in both regions and the use of republicanism as a political idea in both processes. I always like to share my research, especially at events like this, because I can get feedback and see what direction the research should be heading in.”

John Kee and Michal Machalski, both Department of Medieval Studies master’s students, received special prizes awarded by the Hungarian Society for Ancient Studies and the Hungarian National Museum, respectively.

More than 400 papers by students at 21 universities were submitted to the competition, which included 16 categories aligned with different fields of study. Each student gave a 20-minute presentation on their research at the conference and fielded questions from the audience. A panel of jurists comprised of academics from Hungarian universities evaluated the presentations and awarded prizes to the best presenters in each category.

This was the first year the CEU students participated in the conference.