Information literacy judged at 2014 Undergraduate Exhibition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Information literacy for all students is a goal of Penn State's University Libraries, and to help highlight its importance, the libraries have funded cash awards as part of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Exhibition, co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Schreyers Honor College in partnership with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, the University Libraries and Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.

Information Literacy Award winners for 2014 are:

First Place
Danhao Ma for “Ultrahigh Power Supercapacitors Using Flexible and Self-Assembled Carbon Nanotube Electrodes”

Second Place
Julie Brustle, Cara Barnes, Dhavalkumar Patel, Jay Shah, Unnati Shah, Olivia Sweger and Maria Stecco for “The Relationship Enhancement (RE) Scale: Some Preliminary Findings”

Third Place
Mark Thaler for “An Explanation of Committee Behavior in the U.S. House of Representatives”

Honorary Mention
Shelby Foster and Richa Pursnani for “The Role of Osteoclasts in the Invasion of Bone by Breast Cancer Cells”

Zeynep Koc for “PKR Activation and Preliminary Studies in Comparing RNA Structures from the Mitochondrion and the Nucleus”

Mark Herr for “Defensive Behavior and Stress Hormones in a Pitviper Species”

Antoinette Mastropieri for “A Comparison Analysis of Marcellus Shale Drilling in Washington and Bradford Counties”

Sarah DeMartino for “The Role of Interest Groups and Governmental Agencies in Influencing Corporate Social Responsibility”

Sarina Katz for “The University as an Epicenter of Social Innovation: Defining Roles and Pathways”

The award recognizes students who have excelled in locating and using scholarly resources to support their research projects. With the ease of finding information on the open Internet, students’ information literacy skills are more important than ever before. Knowing how to locate, evaluate and use information to solve problems or compose discourse is essential.

According to Bonnie Osif, engineering reference and instruction librarian, "Overall, I think the exhibition is a great chance for the students to showcase their research and to explain it to people outside their programs. It is a great chance for them to describe their research process. The librarians involved in judging get to see the results of our collection development, instruction and research consultations as well as an up close view of what one of our primary user groups is doing and how they are applying library resources and skills."

Librarians Bonnie Osif, Vanessa Eyer, Angela Davis, Bonnie Imler, Amy Paster, Janet Hughes, Lauren Ritter, Cheryl McCallips, Amanda Clossen, Manuel Ostos, John Meier and Penny Huffman, representing the arts and humanities, business, health and life sciences, science and engineering, social and behavioral sciences and campus library locations, selected the top projects for recognition.

For more on the award, click here. See Library Learning Services for information on services available or call 814-865-9257814-865-9257.

Last Updated April 19, 2014