Events & Exhibits - Spring 2013

Library Awards Prizes for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research

The Weinberg Memorial Library held its second annual Library Research Prize Reception in May 2012, recognizing the recipients of the 2012 Library Research Prize. Colleen Achatz, a graduate OT student, was honored as the winner in the graduate category for her submission, Part I: "Evolution of Sensory Integration with Children" and Part II: "Jean Ayres' Impact on the Past, Present, and Future of Sensory Integration." Achatz's supporting faculty member was Rita Fleming-Castaldy, Ph.D., in the Occupational Therapy Department.
Stephanie Pisko, a senior double major in history and women's studies, was the prize winner in the undergraduate category for her submission, "Murder and Turmoil: Honor and Crimes of Passion in Two Nineteenth-Century Murder Trials." Pisko's supporting faculty member was Susan L. Poulson, Ph.D., of the History Department. The library also presented two honorable mention certificates in the undergraduate category: Allison Carey for her submission, "Dynamics of Recent Trade Relationships with China;" and Ryan P. Pipan for his submission, "Much Ado about the Archer-Shee's: Shakespearean Signatures in Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy."
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013 prizes. Any student who has completed a research project (in any format) for a credit course at The University of Scranton during the summer 2012, fall 2012, intersession 2013, or spring 2013 semester is eligible to apply.
The Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process and use of library resources, tools and services. We ask faculty who have given their students a research assignment to encourage them to apply for this prize. Feedback from the 2011 applicants indicated that faculty encouragement was the primary reason that students applied for the prize.
Applications will be judged in two separate categories – graduate and undergraduate – and two prizes of $500 will be awarded, one to an undergraduate student or group of undergraduate students, and one to a graduate student or group of graduate students. Individuals or groups may submit an application; however, if the prize is awarded to a group, then the award will be split equally among the group members.
Applicants must submit a 500-700 word description of the research methods and information gathering process used for the research project along with a copy of the research project and a bibliography of sources consulted. Projects may be in any format. The faculty member for the course will need to submit a statement of faculty support. The online application forms are available at
The deadline for applications is Friday, April 26, at 4 p.m. Applications made after this time will not be considered. The winner(s) will be honored at a reception that will be held on May 9 in the Heritage Room on the fifth floor of the library.
If you have any questions about the Library Research Prize or the application process, contact Bonnie Oldham, information literacy coordinator, at 941-4000 or
More information, as well as application links, can be found on the library's website,

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