Four Student-Athletes Receive 2019 Thomas Temple Hoopes ’19 Prize

Photo: Paul Rutherford
Photo: Paul Rutherford

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Current and former Harvard student-athletes Liam Corrigan (Men's Heavyweight Crew), Mark Czeisler (Football), Brittany Ellis (Women's Heavyweight Crew), and Robert Hope (Men's Track and Cross Country) were announced as four of 73 recipients of the 2019 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.

Corrigan, an astrophysics major and team captain, was nominated his submission entitled "Development of a Microwave Scatterometer and Investigation of Optical Properties of BICEP3 Materials." He was nominated by nominated by Professor John Kovac.

Additionally, three former student-athletes also earned the award. Ellis, a Rhodes Scholar and former women's heavyweight crew member, earned recognition for her submission entitled "Excavating Ethics: Community-Based Archaeological Research in Theory and Practice." She was nominated by Professor Matthew Liebmann. 

Hope, formerly of the men's track and cross country teams, earned the award for his submission entitled "The Refinery of Eden: Abadan and the Global Petroleum Order of the Early Cold War, 1940–1954." He was nominated by Mr. Marino Auffant. 

Czeisler, a former football player, rounds out the recipients with his submission entitled "Characterizing the Morphology of Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Neuronal Interactions: Exploring Ultrastructural Features That May Subserve Circadian Synchronization in Mammals." He was nominated by Professor Jeff Lichtman.