E&H Student Awarded National Honor for Research

Posted by Brent Treash
Emory & Henry College honor student Jackson Feezell was awarded the top prize for undergraduate research at the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 15.

The annual meeting featured hundreds of sessions and trainings across five days, tailored for honors administrators, faculty, staff and students.

Feezell’s innovative work on identity and belonging in Northern Ireland was selected as the top poster presentation in the social and behavioral sciences, the largest research section of the NCHC.

His research focused on cross-border relations in North-West Ulster, and featured 34 interviews with young people aged 18-28 on both sides of the Irish Border. Feezell conducted the interviews while studying abroad in Northern Ireland in Spring 2016.

His research set out to understand how the collective memory of a conflict for civil rights in Northern Ireland that took place from October 1968 to April 1998, known as the Troubles, was passed down. He also explored how the Irish border acted as a variable in this transmission of knowledge.

“These young people are the first to grow up without the violence of the Troubles highlighting the background of their daily lives,” said Feezell.

Feezell says he views his research as especially pertinent in the wake of the “Brexit,” the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union in the impact that the separation is currently having on political and economic changes for the UK and other countries.

English department chair Scott Boltwood supervised the research. Boltwood is currently working on his own research titled Northern Irish Drama from the Second World War to the Troubles.

Great Surprise

The annual meeting of the NCHC is one of the largest venues for the presentation of high quality undergraduate research projects, and this year’s 71 different presentations in the social and behavioral sciences featured projects from colleges and universities all over the United States.

“I was quite shocked, but incredibly honored to be given this award,” said Feezell. “This honor just goes to show the quality of the Emory & Henry Honors Program. I could not have won this award without the intellectual environment that honors program director Dr. Joseph Lane and other faculty have fostered.”

Feezell hopes to continue his research in graduate school in the United Kingdom.

“He has worked hard on this for three years, and he will one day be among the leading researchers in the field,” said Lane. “This prize validates what we have been saying all along: No college in the country has better undergraduate researchers than Emory & Henry.”

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