Students win cash awards for information literacy

April 20, 2015

Information literacy for all students is a goal of the University Libraries, and to help highlight its importance, the Libraries funded a number of cash awards as part of the 2015 Undergraduate Research Exhibition, co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Schreyer Honor College, in partnership with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, the University Libraries and Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.

The University Libraries Award for Information Literacy recognizes students who have excelled in locating and using scholarly resources to support their research projects.

The 2015 Information Literacy Award winners are:

First place: Ryan Henrici for “Crystal Structure of the PRCI Ubiquitylation Module Bound to the Nocleosom”

Second place: John Swab for “The Streetcars and Suburbs of Baltimore: A Digital Humanities Approach”

Third place: Carolyn Low for “Tipping and Service Charge”

Honorable mentions:

-- Julia Warshafsky for “Recruiting for the Long-Term: Exploring the Effects of Terrorist Recruitment Strategies on Group Longevity”

-- Joshua Bram, Martin Marino and Greg Wenner for “Organizational Models for Mobile Payment Systems in Low-resource Environments”

-- Julie Meinert for “Influence of Childhood Trauma on the Relationship between Borderline Disorder and Emotion Recognition”

-- Nishant Modi for “Effects on Health Outcomes Due to Cancer Survivorship and Other Chronic Illnesses”

Jazmin Nixon for “Children's Exposure to Political Conflict: Effects and an Intervention Framework to Promote Social-Emotional Well-being”

Sydney Sherman for “Super Massive Black Holes and Their Host Galaxies”

This year’s judges from the University Libraries were Janet Hughes, Angela Davis, Karla Schmit, Penny Huffman, Nathan Piekielek, Lori Lysiak, Bonnie Imler, Lauren Reiter, Manuel Ostos, Henry Pisciotta, Amanda Clossen, Karen Fuller, Alessia Zanin-Yost and Jeff Knapp.

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Last Updated April 20, 2015