Taylor Irvine
Left to Right: Larry Alford, University Chief Librarian; Taylor Irvine, Award Finalist; Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost; and Laura Beth Bugg, Assistant Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion

DSR major Taylor Irvine recently won the 2017 University of Toronto Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize for an assignment she did in our Departmental Capstone course taught by Prof. Laura Beth Bugg.

The assignment was two-page “Policy Briefing Note” that was meant to quickly and effectively inform key decision makers, whether in public policy, government, or the not-for-profit sector, about issues for which they’re responsible. 100%

Taylor’s brief discusses the recent hijab ban in France. She utilized both academic and legal texts to understand the frameworks for policies, as well as contemporary news article to gain a sense of the discourse surrounding the debate. Taylor’s work sought out not only the voices of French secularists writing on the debate, but also the writing of Muslim feminists, in order to clearly present the voices of all present.

Read the full policy brief and Taylor’s reflection piece submitted to the awards committee.

The University of Toronto Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize is to showcase and award undergraduate students’ effective and innovative use of information sources and the development of their understanding of what it means to be information literate in the 21st century.

This prize provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their information-seeking experience, showcase their research beyond the classroom, and promote scholarship excellence at the undergraduate level at University of Toronto.