Left to right: winners Meredith Faulkner, Tasnim Shah, Laurel Taylor, Denise Powell
The Monroe Library Student Research Competition recognizes and rewards students who make exemplary use of the collections, resources, and services of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library throughout the research process in order to produce an academic or creative work. This year’s winners were awarded in four categories.
Meredith Faulkner’s “A Guide to Writing Dialogue” is a collection of accessible advice for aspiring writers on the form and function of speech in print. She is an English Writing major and the research assistant for Dr. Sarah Allison. Meredith worked with Brian Sullivan, Librarian Liaison for English, to learn how to use the MLA International Bibliography database and save her resources using the citation manager Zotero. Interlibrary loan enabled Meredith to obtain books available through other libraries. Her guide provides insight into the implications of form in writing dialogue and allows authors to craft more intentional and meaningful pieces.
Denise Powell, a biology major, wrote “Drug War or Race War? The Effects of Illegal Drug Distribution on Violence in and against the African American Community” for the history course Violence in Black America. Her paper explores the illegal drug industry and its contributions to institutional, structural, and interpersonal violence in the African American community. After attending a library instruction session, Denise examined many resources in a variety of formats and particularly relied on historical newspaper databases. Dr. Ashley Howard enthuses, “I am most impressed with the diverse range of sources she interrogates, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of African American studies.”
Senior Capstone/ Thesis Project
Laurel Taylor completed her senior English thesis on “Making Monsters of Men; or, The Stigma of Incarceration in Eighteenth Century Gothic Novels.” With a focus on criminal justice, she analyzes gothic novels from the 1790s and their unique value as a reflection of social and political realities. Her thesis advisor Dr. Sarah Allison commends, “Laurel’s thesis takes up a major scholarly question.” Throughout the extensive research process, Laurel met with Brian Sullivan in order to make the most of the library’s print and electronic resources. She cites JSTOR and ProjectMUSE as her two favorite databases for her work.
Tasnim “Mimi” Shah created her poster presentation on “Thecla and the Rejection of the Acts of Paul” for the Graduate Student Research Symposium held in the Monroe Library. Mimi is a graduate student in the Loyola Institute for Ministry program and completed her project with the advisement of Dr. Gilberto Ruiz. She provides an overview of the historical controversy regarding Thecla, a key figure in the Acts of Paul, and her relevance to women today.
Congratulations to the winners! Further information about the competition criteria and awards is available at http://library.loyno.edu/services/instruction/competition/.