Meet the 2021 Lang Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the fifth annual Norma J. Lang Prize for Undergraduate Information Research. The Lang Prize recognizes undergraduates who make exceptional use of library resources, services and expertise — such as primary source materials and special collections, online databases and journal articles, interlibrary loan services, or consulting with a librarian.

Through their research, this year’s winners brought fresh insights to a diverse range of topics including botanical art; immune responses to COVID-19; how viruses originate; and allostasis, the process by which the body regains equilibrium during a stress response.

The library celebrated the 2021 Lang Prize winners at a virtual award ceremony on May 19.

The Lang Prize is supported by a bequest from the late Professor Emerita of Botany Norma J. Lang, who taught at UC Davis for nearly 30 years. The prize honors Professor Lang’s devotion to her students and love of the research process.

Learn more about Professor Lang’s legacy, or click the links below to read more about each prize recipient’s winning project and research experience.

Introducing the 2021 Lang Prize Winners

Natasong Yuan
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

1st place in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Of Botanical Art: The American Society of Botanical Artists as a Discourse Community

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Barry Nguyen
College of Biological Sciences

1st place in Science, Engineering & Math
Allostasis: The Fundamental Biology and Implications for Social Standing and Longevity

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Katherine Hand
College of Biological Sciences

2nd place in Science, Engineering & Math
The Secret Life of Bacteriophages: How Did They Originate?

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La Rissa Vasquez
College of Biological Sciences

3rd place in Science, Engineering & Math
Surviving COVID-19: Variables of Immune Response

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