Congratulations to the 2014 Research Awards Winners!

The Giovale Library Undergraduate Research Awards recognize students producing outstanding research projects such as: papers, videos, and blogs that demonstrate information literacy and the effective use of Library resources.

First Place

first place winner Pratik Raghu
First Place: Pratik Raghu

Pratik Raghu, for his essay, "Politicized Vaginas: The Kikuyu Central Association's Co-option of Female Initiation Rites during Colonial Kenya's 'Female Circumcision Crisis' "
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Marquardt

During a service-learning trip to rural Kenya. . . I noticed that female circumcision—a coming-of-age ceremony wherein part or all of a teenage girl's external sexual organs are excised—affected all our efforts, be they educational, medical, cultural, or socioeconomic. I was thus intrigued to investigate such a key aspect of so many Kenyan and African women's lives, eager to uncover the complexities of an issue that encapsulates Africa's ongoing struggle between tradition and modernity.

Pratik Raghu, Reflective Essay

This essay "excels through its original thesis, sophisticated argument and articulation and presentation of scholarly materials."

Dr. Gary Marquardt, Faculty recommendation

Second Place

second place winner Alysa Fratto
Second Place: Alysa Fratto

Alysa Fratto for her project "The Glorious Cinema: An Experience Like No Other"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Betsy Kleba

This multidisciplinary nature required me expand upon my previous understanding of literature searches to include fields of study that were outside my own including geology, mineralogy, meteorology, and eventually the environment on the surface of Mars and astrobiology. Without the databases and services like Interlibrary Loans available to me through the library this project would not have been possible.

Alysa Fratto, Reflective Essay

[Alysa] utilized sources within the library but also requested countless documents from interlibrary loan utilizing the resources at Universities around the country to make sense of the information available about Bonneville Salt Flats. Moreover . . . she scoured the internet for information about government and non-government agencies using and regulating Bonneville Salt Flats, land-use laws, and documents describing the history of the region.

Dr. Betsy Kleba, Faculty recommendation