UW Music student Yoojeong Cho is one of 11 winners of a 2016 UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates. The awards are granted annually to UW undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing or creation of course projects. Each recipient received a $1,000 cash prize and recognition at a special award ceremony on June 7.
Yoojeong, a senior earning double degrees in Italian and vocal performance, studies with Kari Ragan of the UW voice faculty. Her essay, “The Gaze and the Circumvention of Power in Richard Strauss’ Salome,” which she wrote as her final project in Judy Tsou’s course, Muhst 419 (Power in Operas), in Winter 2016, won in the senior, non-thesis category.
Tsou, who in addition to serving as affiliate professor of Music History is also the Head of the UW Music Library, gave Yoojeong her "highest recommendation" for the award, elaborating on the ways in which the young scholar distinguished herself in her work.
"In this project, Yoojeong showed that she has learned a great deal about research; taking the information she’d learned in the 'library research' session, she was able to navigate the local and national catalogs, major databases, and library stacks to ferret out relevant research resources for her project," Tsou wrote in her recommendation letter in support of Yoojeong's submission. "She also integrated what she read and learned in class to come up with a creative and sophisticated method to analyze the opera. One couldn’t ask for a better learning outcome that synthesized knowledge so thoroughly and creatively."