2017 Gruber Prize Recipients Awarded

Posted May 1, 2017

Missouri Valley College seniors Gustavo Maccori Kozma and Belén Lorena Lafuente were recipients of the 2017 Gruber Prize. Named in honor of the late professor Loren C. Gruber, the Gruber Prize is awarded annually by Valley’s Writing Across the Curriculum program to recognize outstanding academic or artistic achievement by junior and senior level students.

Kozma, a senior graduating in May with a double major in English and psychology, was awarded the Gruber Prize in Communications, Humanities and Human Services for his project, “Language of Speed: An Analysis of Pacenotes Language,” a study of written and oral communication in rally racing.

“Kozma’s work is an original and thorough study that could easily form the basis of an entire academic career,” said Dr. Dave Reinheimer, associate professor of English.

Lafuente, who will graduate in May with a double major in criminal justice and psychology, was awarded the Gruber Prize in Social Sciences for her project, “Influence of Racial Stereotypes on Public and Police Officers’ Interactions,” a study of the influence of ethnic stereotypes on people’s behavior and police officers’ responses during police encounters.

“Lafuente’s poster conference presentation was flawless and received numerous compliments from other faculty members,” said Alecia Schmidt, assistant professor of criminal justice.

Gruber Prize winners are nominated by faculty in their discipline, and receive a $100 cash award.


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