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Emma Freiling Wins George Grayson Scholarship for Best Seminar Paper

Senior Government major Emma Freiling has been awarded the George Grayson Scholarship for producing the best paper by a Government major in a departmental senior seminar. Writing about the impact of media on child nutrition policy, Freiling’s research paper was judged the best among papers submitted by faculty who taught 400-level courses in the Fall 2020 semester.

The George Grayson award was established to recognize excellence in research and writing in honor of the late Professor Grayson, a distinguished scholar noted for his emphasis on clear, well written papers and rigorous research. The scholarship provides a substantial financial award, thanks to generous contributions by former students of Professor Grayson who wished to honor his legacy. The first awards were made in 2019, with one scholarship being awarded each semester.

Emma’s paper was nominated by Professor Chris Howard from among the students in his seminar on Policy History. Professor Howard wrote that the paper “gets the details of policy right without losing sight of larger political influences… Her sources are varied and credible…At a technical level, this paper is very clear and concise. Every paragraph, every sentence has a purpose.”