CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Current and former Harvard student-athletes Lauren Spohn (women's cross country, women's soccer), Aakanksha Vora (women's swimming and diving), and Nicolas Yan (men's heavyweight crew) were announced as three of 80 recipients of the 2020 Thomas Temple Hoopes '19 Prize for outstanding senior thesis or research projects. The Hoopes Prize is an annual award presented to a number of Harvard undergraduates that have projects nominated. It is considered to be one of the highest academic commendations the University gives to undergraduates. The award—which is funded by the estate of Thomas T. Hoopes '19—comes with a prize of $5,000 for student recipients and $2,000 for their advisors. In addition, winning papers are bound and made available in Lamont Library for two years.
Vora, an economics concentrator, was nominated for her submission entitled "Beyond Banking the Unbanked: The Effects of India's Demonetization on Financial Inclusion and Consumption Smoothing." She was nominated by Professor Emily Breza.
Yan, a social studies concentrator, was nominated for his project entitled "Just Work? Redistribution, Recognition, and the Future of Employment." He was nominated by Professor Danielle Allen.
Additionally, Spohn, a former student-athlete and English literature concentrator, was recognized for her project entitled "Poetics of a Dyspeptic Prophet: Sartor Resartus, The French Revolution, and the Forms of Thomas Carlyle's Life-Philosophy." Spohn was nominated by Professor Louis Menand and Mr. Martin Quinn.