For the second time in three years, a UCLA student mentored by Professor Andrea Moudarres has won the Dante Prize. Melinda Wilson (Italian Studies minor, class of 2015) was recently announced as one of this year’s winners. The Dante Prize of $500 is offered for the best essay submitted by an undergraduate enrolled in any college or university in the United States and Canada. This year, The Dante Society of America chose Wilson and one other student from Princeton University for the award. Wilson’s essay titled, “From Shipwreck to Salvation: Family, Division and Self-Sacrifice in the Commedia” discusses the issue of family in Inferno 26 and Paradiso 17 and was written as part of Professor Andrea Moudarres’ Italian 103A class during the 2014-2015 winter quarter.
The UCLA Department of Italian extends congratulations to Melinda Wilson and Professor Andrea Moudarres for this accomplishment.