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Student researcher Emese Sykes has been awarded the Canadian Studies Network’s best undergraduate essay prize! The essay, titled “Finding Community in Black Canadian Literature,” was described by the jury as “a rich exploration of place, struggle, and cultural practices in relation to multi-ethnic and Black Canadian community-building.” Providing “astute readings …  [g]rounded in an understanding the politics and histories of race in Canada, Sykes’ essay ultimately testifies to the importance of the arts in exploring such issues.” It was written during Sykes’ final undergraduate year in the English & Cultural Studies department at McMaster University, under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Coleman. Congratulations!