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    2020 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Winners

    May 26, 2020

    Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., provost and senior vice-president of Academic Affairs and the Weinberg Memorial Library are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize competition. 

    This year’s winners in the three prize categories are: 

    Undergraduate Foundational Winner: Eryn Boken, for the project, Coronavirus Concerns for the U.S. Economy, completed in WRTG 107: Composition for Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera

    Undergraduate Upper-level Winner: Katherine R. Burke, for the project, Towards an Ethics of Gendered Difference, completed in PHIL 382: Care Ethics in Japanese Film for Prof. George Aulisio

    Graduate Winner: Liam Mulvaney, for the project, Historical Analysis: A Century of Progress in Adaptive Equipment, completed in OT 501: Leadership in Occupational Therapy for Dr. Marlene Morgan

     The Weinberg Memorial Library inaugurated the prize in 2011 to recognize excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools, and services. In 2017, the prize was named for Professor Emerita Bonnie W. Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011. 

     The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize was fully endowed in 2019 and consists of a prize of $500 awarded to winning projects in each of the three categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level projects), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level projects), and Graduate. This year’s winning projects and descriptions of the research process submitted by student winners will be deposited into the University of Scranton Student Scholarship digital collection this summer.

    The following projects were selected as Honorable Mentions in the three categories: 

    Undergraduate Foundational Honorable Mentions:

    Brayden Druger, for the project, Preliminary Military Health Screenings: Are They Worth It?, completed in WRTG 107: Composition for Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera 

    Sydney Youngblood, for the project, To Heal or To Kill, completed in WRTG 107: Composition for Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera

    Undergraduate Upper-level Honorable Mention

     Sarah White, for the project, Constrained Women, Authoritarian Men, and Gender-Based Medical Treatments: Unequal Gender Roles and a Tragic Descent into Madness in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-paper”, completed in ENLT 265J: The American Literary Experience for Dr. Leonard Gougeon 

    Graduate Honorable Mentions:

    Melissa Busch, for the project, Occupational Therapy in the Hospital, completed in OT 501: Leadership in Occupational Therapy for Dr. Marlene Morgan  

    Emily Gilinger, Tyler Huggins, Brian Gargiulo, and Joshua Taylor, for the project, Recreational Activities Impact on Activity and Participation in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review, complete in PT 772/773: Scientific Inquiry II/III in Physical Therapy for Dr. Renée Hakim

    A special thank you to the judges of this year’s competition: Kelly Banyas, Marian Farrell, Colleen Farry, Teresa Grettano, Eugeniu Grigorescu, Wendy Manetti, Bill Miller, Linda Mlodzienski, Ian O'Hara, Adam Pratt, and Amy Simolo.

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