Isobel Ali, a graduating senior with majors in History & Ancient History and Criminal Justice, and Minors in Anthropology and Psychology, won the Martin Siegel History Prize for the best seminar paper in history.  Isobel's paper (45pp) " Fool’s Gold: Climate Change and Conflict in Peru" examines social movements against the Conga mining project in Peru.  Isobel participated in Professor Lauria Santiago's Fall semester research seminar on Revolt, Revolution and Social Movements in Latin America.

History Seniors will be celebrated on May 3rd, 12-2 at Hegeman Hall.



This prize was established in the honor of Dr. Martin Siegel who was a history major at Rutgers. Throughout his life he spoke of how much his education at Rutgers was a transforming experience, allowing a boy from a constricted background on a poultry farm in South Jersey to become a sophisticated thinker and man of the world. Although he entered Rutgers in 1945 as an engineering student, his heart was elsewhere and he turned to History.

After his graduation in 1949 Martin Siegel went on to earn a M.A. and Ph.D. in European intellectual history at Columbia University, where he specialized in French history. He would remain an active scholar for his entire life. He was a professor of History at Kean University for 40 years, where he led classes in the history of both France and Russia; but the course he loved to teach above all others was the senior research seminar. Therefore, this prize is to be awarded to that undergraduate Junior or Senior majoring