Each year, College Library invites students to apply for its annual Undergraduate Library Research Awards as part of the Undergraduate Symposium. The awards celebrate excellence and creativity in using the library to complete an undergraduate research project, and winners receive cash prizes for their work. The submission process included meeting with librarians Kelli Keclik at College Library or Jessica Newman Steenbock Library to evaluate current or completed projects, writing an essay, and submitting a letter of support from a faculty member.
Campus librarians on the award committee used the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Standards as the main criteria for assessing the applications for the awards. Last week, the selection committee chose four Undergraduate Research Award Winners for 2013. They include:
- Mara Stewart for her research on changes in attitudes toward tobacco and marijuana during the first year of college for U.S. students.
- Andy Tay Kah Ping for his research in microfluidic diagnostic devices.
- Tess Becker for her research on the role of exogenous interferons in rhinovirus replication.
- Abigail Mindock for her research on the switch from plastic to metal cutlery at Union South.