The Middle Eastern Studies Program held its second annual awards ceremony on April 17, 2009 to recognize a number of students for their achievements.

One graduate and two undergraduate students were recognized in connection with the 2009 Hasan Abdullah Yabroudi Best Paper Award:

• David Wernette (MA candidate, Documentary Film and History), “Land, Symbols, and Longing: Palestinians in the Diaspora”

• Anne Magellan (Senior, School of Management), “Understanding Arab-American Feminism: Complexities and Stereotypes”

• Francine Palmares (Senior, Biology and History), “Ottoman Relationships with Foreign Powers Viewed through Diplomacy, Fashion and Art”

Five other graduate students were awarded a Yabroudi/MES Summer Research Grant in sup- port of their research work:

• Khaldoun Abou Assi (Ph.D. Candidate in Public Administration) intends to undertake field research on Lebanese Non-Governmental Organizations.

• Stephen Dockery (Middle Eastern Studies and Newspaper major) will use the grant to work as a journalism intern for The Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon.

• Kilic Bugra Kanat (Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science) will conduct dissertation field research in Jordan. • Mike Makara (Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science) will use the grant for final dissertation work. • Sarah Marusek (Ph.D. Candidate in Social Science) will use her Yabroudi award to do field research on social welfare policies in Lebanon.

In addition, Emy Mateson (Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science) was recognized for receiving a Goekjian Middle East Summer Research Grant. She will go to D.C. to do archival research at the Library of Congress on the different trajectories of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria.