Monroe Library Research Competition Finalists Honored

Please join us in congratulating the four winners of the Monroe Library Student Research Competition. Awards this year were given in the categories of freshman/sophomore, junior/senior, and capstone categories, as well as an Honorable Mention at the freshman/sophomore level. Winners came from a wide variety of academic disciplines, including biology, sociology, English, and political science. Every year we are struck by the quality of projects that students enter into the competition. While it’s often difficult to choose which projects to honor, each of this year’s honorees stood out for their own distinctive reasons.

Freshman/Sophomore Prize: Brandon Vincent (Sociology) for service learning research in a Sociology class with Angel Parham. Brandon’s project showed particular thoughtfulness in placing his service learning experience with high school students in the context of sociological literature about at-risk youth.

Freshman/Sophomore Runner-Up: Kimiasadat Mirlohi (Biophysics Pre-Health) for research in an English class with Kevin Rabalais; What judges found noteworthy was Kimiasadat’s use of primary and secondary research in the personal essay to explore the difficulty of identifying as both a scientist and an artist, likening the different spheres to two “close, complementary friends.”

Junior/Senior Prize: Brittney Giardina (History — International Studies) for an independent study with Behrooz Moazami. Giardina’s engagement with the international scholarly community in the field of Middle Eastern scholarship was significant, as was evidence of the continuing evolution of her work.

Senior Capstone/Thesis Prize: Shannon Hester (Environmental Science — Teacher’s Certification) for an honors thesis with Aimee Thomas. Judges found Hester’s project on spiders in urban environments impressive both for its applied research and the varied bibliography of scholarly resources used to support her project, thesis, presentation, and the accompanying poster.

Winners received $200 prizes and our honorable mention received a $100 prize. Next year, in February of 2020, we will be accepting entries for projects completed during the 2019 calendar year, including entries from students who graduate during 2019. We also welcome graduate student research projects! Mark your calendars!

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