Two outstanding seniors have won the most prestigious awards given by DePauw University to its new graduates.
Nina Stular, an international student from Slovenia, was awarded the Ferid Murad Medal, which is awarded to the eldest with the most scholarly and/or artistic achievement at DePauw.
Christine Bourantasa native of Wilmington, Delaware, won the Walker Cup, awarded to the senior who contributed the most to DePauw during the student’s four years.
The awards were announced at a ceremony on Monday evening. Last year’s announcement was made via video.
Each DePauw department or program nominates a senior to win the Murad Medal, and a faculty committee narrows the nominees to three from which Academic Affairs selects the winner. The medal is named for Nobel Laureate Ferid Murad ’58, a physician and Ph.D. pharmacologist whose work has saved the lives of premature babies and cancer and heart disease patients and inspired 160,000 publications that s rely on his findings.
Graduate double major in Philosophy and English Literature. She has participated in the Ethics Bowl regionally and nationally and taught writing at the Academic Resource Center. She worked as a research assistant with Amity Reading, Raymond W. Pence Professor and Professor of English and Director of the German Studies Program, on a project to map the sources of Old English literary culture. and Anglo-Latin; this led Štular to write a paper which she presented at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. She also helped David Alvarez, an associate professor of English, organize a scientific conference on Bernard Mandeville and undertook a student-teacher research project under her mentorship which led her to produce the first translation of a collection of letters. 18th century travel book from English to Slovenian. . As a Hillman intern at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, Štular designed and led workshops for local middle school and high school students and worked to produce an exhibit on the life of Anne Frank in Greencastle. (Photo: Vice President of Academic Affairs Dave Berque places the Murad Medal on Štular’s head.)
During her first year, Štular represented DePauw as a visiting student at Mansfield College, University of Oxford, where she was a visiting student officer in the college government and rowed competitively for the team of Rowing Mansfield. She has also worked as a student consultant for the prestigious Oxford Strategy Group and was editor-in-chief of Broad Street Humanities Review, Oxford’s interdisciplinary undergraduate humanities journal.
His scholarly work has been published in several undergraduate journals, including Broad Street Humanities Review; Criterion: A review of literary criticism; and Process: Journal of Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Scholarship. As a junior, she received the Walker Gilmer Award for Most Outstanding Junior or Senior Literature. It also rewards the best first-year seminar essay and the best delegate to a Model United Nations conference in New York. She is a Presidential Ambassador and has been inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, a philosophical honor society, and Phi Beta Kappa, a national honor society.
For his honors thesis, Štular integrated philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to discuss the historical development of free speech, contemporary difficulties in speech regulation, and the disturbing state of free speech. and free inquiry in Western academia. She was selected as the recipient of the 2021 Nat Hentoff Freedom of Speech Prize for her short essay “A Generation of Violence: How Universities Are Endangering Freedom of Speech”.
The Murad Medal finalists were Sophie Atkinson from Connorsville, Indiana, majoring in biology and minors in German, and Kate Cowger from Pendleton, Indiana, who has a double major in physics and neuroscience and a minor in chemistry.