The Maurice Undergraduate Initiative Prize Competition is designed to challenge students to use their own creativity and innovation in solving a problem of importance to them, therefore deepening their breadth of knowledge about themselves and their abilities.
The annual competition--open to Western Oregon University undergraduate students--is judged by a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students, and results in a prize of $5,000 to the individual winner or team who has demonstrated the deepest learning and problem solving. Student participants will plan and execute a strategy to address their issue while applying their own knowledge, creative use of resources, and the ability to work with others to find solutions. All finalists are invited to make their projects available online for others to view.
For more information, see the Maurice Prize website.
Ashley Baxter, 2016
Preventing Mass Shooting Through Cooperation of Mental Health Services, Campus Security, and Institutional Technology
Ranjit Kayastha, 2016
After the frequent mass shootings in the United States, researchers and authorities are trying to figure out what are main reasons behind these incidents that are becoming more and more frequent. In this paper, three of the preventive methods will be discussed. They are – mental health services, campus security and institutional technology. Some research questions are prepared and interviews are taken to answer these questions.
Karlie Holmgren, 2015
Project Love was a four day campaign, held on the Western Oregon University campus, that promoted the idea of self-love through simple acts of kindness and words of encouragement. Karlie Holmgren describes the project and the steps she took to bring Project Love to Western Oregon University.
Joshwa J. Salvador, 2015
After witnessing a full pan of Chicken Parmesan being thrown in the garbage, Joshwa Salvador initiated a program to donate unused food from Western Oregon University (WOU) Retail Dining to the WOU Food Bank. This paper traces Joshwa's efforts to institute a food (un)waste program at the University and the obstacles he encountered during the process. Along the way, Joshwa discovered fifty-nine percent of his fellow students face hunger or “food insecurities” and a decline in academic performances correlated with those issues (Patton- López et al., 2014).
Maria Vargas and Sylvia Garcia, 2014
Undergraduate students Maria Vargas and Sylvia Garcia created a network named L.E.A.D., whose purpose was to encourage and support more woman leadership in the Western Oregon University campus and community, as well as in the various career fields that the participants are pursuing. The project included a conference, bi-weekly meetings, mentoring, and job shadows.
Amy Shutz, 2014
Research paper on the history of the peer support movement as related to mental heath beginning in 1908.
Jessica Yarely Flores, 2014
Undergraduate student Jessica Yarely traveled to Mexico on a volunteer trip to impact the lives of local families with the help and supplies from friends and family.
Nathaniel Dunaway, 2014
Final analysis report on the work involved in creating the inaugural Student Short Film Festival on the Western Oregon University campus. The student sought to give an outlet to the students of WOU whose passion for film has largely gone unnoticed and unurtured. He sought to give the directors and videographers the opportunity to present their hard work to a real-life audience and to experience the electricity of seeing their short films on the big screen.
Nawwal Moustafa and Hillevi Johnson, 2012
For the past five years, Western Oregon University's Werner University Center has housed the Stonewall Center, a resource center for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community members. Our intentions in the Maurice Undergraduate Initiative Prize Competition were to gain more visibility and adequate space for the GLBTQ community at Western, as well as to encourage members of the community who support the GLBTQ community to put a small symbol in their window of their car, home, dorm window, or other space. We recorded this experience through a documentary, fundraising, and a student support petition.