Weinberg Memorial Library 2016 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Winners

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize.

Graduate Prize

Allison Ferullo, a student in the Nurse Anesthesia program, was selected as the 2016 Library Research Prize winner. Her individual project for NURS 593: Research Methodology was a literature review on distractions in the operating room. In her application essay, she mentions that, “The research process seemed less overwhelming and more manageable with the help of the staff at WML.”

Undergraduate Prize

The judges’ selection to receive the 2016 Library Research Prize for undergraduate students was the duo of Christina Gavalas and Marjorie Toron, seniors in the Occupational Therapy program. Their project was a literature review completed for OT 494: Evidence-Based Research on the efficacy of using weighted vests on children with autism and ADHD. This topic was inspired by one of Christina’s 2-week occupational therapy clinical rotations. This is the first time that a group project has been selected as the prize winner. In their application essay, they noted that an information literacy session by a librarian gave them “a better understanding of how to utilize several different databases to their maximum potential.”

Honorable Mention awards in the undergraduate category included Alyssa Rodemann, a senior Psychology major, who wrote about how she found evidence to support the argument for her Honors Thesis using library resources; Emily Pocius, a junior English major, whose essay attests to the fact that the search for information is often nonlinear and iterative; and Tim Zinna, a sophomore Finance major, who discovered library databases are a very powerful and useful tool when conducting research.

Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.