Weinberg Memorial Library Awards Students for Research Projects

05/20/11

Rosemary Shaver, a junior with a double major in history and political science who also participates in The University of Scranton’s Honors Program, was selected as the winner of the inaugural Weinberg Memorial Library Research Prize. The award recognizes excellence in research projects that show significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools and services. Undergraduate students who had completed a research project for a credit-bearing course during the Summer 2010, Fall 2010, Intersession 2011, or Spring 2011 semesters were eligible to apply.

Shaver’s paper, “Pennsylvania’s First Civil Rights Movement: 1639-1900,” was submitted for her honors tutorial The Civil Rights Movement in the North, which she conducted with Political Science Professor William J. Parente, Ph.D.

In her application essay, Shaver said that she “… came to understand the importance of allowing one’s ideas to evolve through research.”

A resident of Shavertown, Shaver made use of numerous library resources and services including such primary resources as newspapers available on microfilm or in online archives, databases such as LexisNexis, the library catalog, the University Archives and Interlibrary Loan, as well as interviewing a local author.

In addition, three students received Honorable Mention awards: Courtney Fluehr, a senior exercise science major from Bensalem, Benjamin Redan, a senior biochemistry major from Tunkhannock, and William Woody, a senior theology/religious studies major from Bryn Mawr.

Award winners were honored at a reception on recently in the Scranton Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

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