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2015–2016 Jackier Prize Winners

Jackier Prize ceremony, 2016. Donors Larry and Eleanor Jackier with prize winners Joseph LaVigne and Chen Liang.

Joseph LaVigne

Joseph just completed his senior year at the University of Michigan with a major in Latin literature and language and a minor in moral and political philosophy. He is also the first in his family to graduate from college and received a full scholarship to the university. Before coming to the University of Michigan, he received his AAS from Alpena Community College where he was named a Phi Theta Kappa Community College Scholar. After graduation, Joseph is taking some time off before pursuing a law degree.

Read Joseph's essay: Catching the Rabbit: The Rabbit Motif in Islamic Artwork (opens in a new window).

Chen Liang

Chen is a first year in the Honors College looking to major in politics, philosophy, and economics. She graduated with Highest Distinction in 2014 from Beijing No. 4 High School, Beijing, China. She was an active leader in her high school and continues her interest in research and philosophy through the clubs here at the University of Michigan and in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Inspired by her coursework and this essay, Chen is spending this summer traveling in Israel.

Read Chen's essay: A Samaritan Amulet and an Anatomic Votive Offering in the Ancient World (opens in a new window).