Meet Classics Major Luis Sanchez

CAMWS 2021 Presidential Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper

Luis Sanchez won this year’s Presidential Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper with his submission “Sophocles’ Antigone and the Biological Imperative to Marry,” which he will present at the annual meeting of CAMWS on April 8th which will be hosted by Case Western virtually. In the paper, Luis explores the social and medical understanding of the status of young women in Ancient Greece. His findings suggest a closer relation between Sophocles’ portrayal of Antigone and the Hippocratic treatise On the Diseases of Girls.

Luis Sanchez is a rising senior and a major in Greek and Latin, with a minor in German, who joined the new cadre of our undergraduate majors soon after he joined FSU in Fall 2019. Although the pandemic interrupted Luis’ experience of the undergraduate life in the Department, he has stayed busy on many fronts. In addition to taking every language he can fit in his course schedule, he has presented at 4 undergraduate conferences, won an IDEA grant from FSU twice, got bronze at the CAMWS Greek Exam in Spring 2020, and was admitted to the seminar at the ASCSA last summer which was unfortunately cancelled. Luis’ interests range widely, from ancient philosophy, science, and medicine, to comparative and Renaissance literature. Luis’ next research project examines the political dimension of medicine in Plato’s Republic which will culminate in his honor’s thesis. His project received CAMWS Collaborative Research Grant, with Dr. Slaveva-Griffin, in Spring 2020 and David B. Ford Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Award from CRE, FSU in Spring 2021. Luis is this year’s recipient of the Department’s Dorman Undergraduate Scholarship for 2020–2021.

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