The Reeves Library Undergraduate Research Award was created to recognize and encourage the development of information fluency in resource-based research. Each award recipient is recognized at honors convocation and will receive a monetary prize in the amount of $250.
Congratulations to both of our 2019 winners!
Sarah Johnson received the award in the Junior & Senior division for her paper, "The Influence of the Social Hierarchy on the Treatment of Female Slaves by Southern Plantation Mistresses." As one of our faculty evaluators puts it, "This is some of the smoothest and most sophisticated writing I've encountered from an undergraduate student... This paper could easily be expanded into a book...and it's a book I would buy, and keep. The use of primary sources was elegant and powerful, and the arguments of the paper were seamlessly integrated with thoughtful examples...I just loved it." Ms. Johnson's entry was sponsored by Dr. John Spurlock.
Shelby Walsh was the first-year/sophomore level award winner with her paper, "Gender Roles in Classical Ballet." Our panelists were impressed by "the paper's analysis and engagement with sources" and the incorporation of "information from a wide range of sources." More than one of our evaluators used the word "fascinating" to describe this work "on sex/gender stereotypes in the dance world." Ms. Walsh's entry was sponsored by Prof. Stefan Zubal.
Thank you to all of the students who entered and to the faculty who sponsored them! We received a number of excellent projects, which made the judging quite a challenge. We hope that those of you who will be at SHU next year will consider entering!