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Julia Melnikova Wins Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Award

May 12, 2021

Julia Melnikova

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Julia Melnikova, BA student pursuing Honours in Philosophy, is among the recipients of a Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Award (CUSRA).

Her summer research project, "Dostoevsky and Nietzsche on Redemption and Morality without God," will be supervised by Dr. Nabeel Hamid.

Julia Melnikova describes her research project:

"Upon reading Notes from Underground in German translation in 1887, Nietzsche famously wrote that Dostoevsky was 'the only person who has ever taught me anything about psychology.' This research project aims to examine the respective positions of the two authors on the question of the role of religious faith in human life. More specifically, it will focus on the concepts of redemption and salvation, and their significance in constituting moral values."

The CUSRA program provides funding to undergraduate students in the fine arts, social sciences, humanities, engineering and computer science, business disciplines, and natural and health sciences. The goal of the awards is to stimulate interest in research, participatory research, or research-creation work that will complement coursework and enhance preparation for graduate studies or research-related careers.

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