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The most successful papers then set that claim within the context of how we should understand the concept of health and herbal medicine.: Isabella’s paper shows an exceptional understanding of the context in which peyote should be understood as a medicinal treatment by focusing on its role in Native American healing rituals.Isabella’s claim that such rituals must be understood as social and communal healing pushes the limits of what is understood as “medicine” in the western world—which is her point.

The most successful papers then set that claim within the context of how we should understand the concept of health and herbal medicine.: Isabella’s paper shows an exceptional understanding of the context in which peyote should be understood as a medicinal treatment by focusing on its role in Native American healing rituals.Isabella’s claim that such rituals must be understood as social and communal healing pushes the limits of what is understood as “medicine” in the western world—which is her point.

We encourage instructors to read and share these essays with student writers as models for effective writing in SAGES University Seminars.

“Investigating Women in Computer Science” Dina Benayad-Cherif Written for USNA 287P: Women and Science; Barbara Burgess-Van Aken (Seminar Leader) This persuasive essay reveals the current experiences of women in computer science.

USEM Essay Prizes (2016-2017) The three essays selected for the award this year represent excellent research projects that formed the culminating assignment of the University Seminar experience.

Though they all fit the generic bill of a “10-12 page research paper” they also showcase the rich variation in the way meaningful research is conducted and shared across disciplines and genres at CWRU.

Dickinson and Longfellow were not assigned readings, but James’s essay has inspired me to assign a bit of both the next time I teach this course!

: Students are asked to research a medicinal plant of their choice and to make a claim about its historical, contemporary, and/or ethno-botanical use.

This paper shows a rare and necessary understanding of how physical health could be better treated holistically, by taking into consideration spiritual and communal health.: Having learned the basics of historical research and argumentation throughout the semester, the capstone asked students to use their understanding of the early AIDS epidemic to write about a contemporary issue.

They could choose between the opioid epidemic or the debates around healthcare reform.

The papers had to:: Grace’s paper employs twenty-one sources and two figures; their quality and diversity—from academic journals and newspaper articles to the Neil Young song that she uses as her essay’s title—speak to both her mastery of the research process and the depth of her engagement with the course.

The technical merits of Grace’s writing are also praise-worthy; her tone is academic without being inaccessible, and conveys the dramatic nature of the opioid crisis without resorting to purple prose.

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