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Three Harvard Student-Athletes Earn Hoopes Prize

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard athletics had three representatives among this year's Thomas Temple '19 Hoopes Prize awards for outstanding senior theses or research projects.

Maura Church of women's heavyweight crew, William Hakim of men's heavyweight crew and Asfandyar Nadeem of the men's squash team were all honored for their work.

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 $4,000 for student recipients and $1,000 for their advisers.

Church's senior thesis was entitled "Making the Score Smarter: A Rhythmic Correction Modelfor Optical Music Recognition."

Hakim's project was entitled "Forgotten Words: Tao Yuanming’s Place in the Developmentof Chinese Eremitic Discourse."

Nadeem's submission was entitled "On Globalization and Monetary Policy: Cross-border Effectsof U.S. Interest Rate Movements on Developed Market Yield Curves," and was nominated by two of his professors.

For a complete list of the 2014 Hoopes Prize winners, click here.