Winners of the 2022 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Announced

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize

Gabrielle Allen is the winner of the 2022 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Upper-level category, which is awarded to the winning project completed in a 200- to 400-level course.

Five people posed for a photo with person in the center holding a framed award
Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator; Ann Romanosky, Occupational Therapy Department; Gabrielle Allen, Research Prize Winner; Victoria Castellanos, Dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies; and George Aulisio, Dean of the Library

Gabrielle is a junior in the Occupational Therapy program who submitted to the competition her paper titled “The Effects of Exercise on Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder: An Evidence Review,” completed in the course OT 350: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, taught by Dr. Ann Romanosky. For her research, Gabrielle relied on what she had learned about database research starting in her first year at the University. She needed to consult fifty primary research studies, scholarly articles, or peer-reviewed papers about her topic of the effect of exercise on attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder; to do this, she identified three sub-topical areas of research which she could target in her searches. She also tracked her research using a spreadsheet designed to organize where she found the source, topical keywords for the source, inclusion and exclusion criteria, the APA citation for the source, and any directly quoted evidence she identified as useful to her review.

Through the research process, Gabrielle discovered new insights into her topic as well as the related research in her field. In her description of research, she shares: “I soon realized that there is not a lot of research [about this topic] authored by occupational therapists.” Rather than this be a deterrent to gathering evidence on the topic she identified, Gabrielle demonstrated persistence and saw it as an opportunity to further understand the ways her topic is researched in the field; she notes, “I learned that it is common for research teams to be interdisciplinary, rather than just focusing on one aspect of the team.” Gabrielle comments on her “trial-and-error mindset” as a researcher when “figuring out what method of research” worked for her, demonstrating flexibility and an open mind when researching. She concludes her description of research with her plans to design a research study on this topic, and when she does she “plan[s] to utilize the library’s resources to ensure [her] success in future research.”

Sponsoring faculty Dr. Ann Romanosky comments on Gabrielle’s work on the assignment: “This [Evidence Based Research] paper was labor intensive and required an understanding of research level quantitative statistics;” she goes on to share, “Gabrielle’s writing was clear and focused, [she] selected appropriate and current research, [and she] demonstrated great personal growth through this project.”

Honorable Mention awards in the Undergraduate Upper-level category were presented to Alexis Angstadt, a junior in the Occupational Therapy program, for her paper titled “The Efficacy of Combined Mirror Therapy and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Amputees with Phantom Limb Pain: An Evidence Review,” completed in the course OT 350: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods for Dr. Carol Coté; and to Amanda Lauren Serafin, a senior Accounting and Business Analytics double major, who submitted her honors project titled “Integrating ESG into the Accounting Curriculum: Insights from Accounting Educators,” completed in the course ACC 489H: ESG/CSR Reporting Research for Prof. Ashley Stampone.

Colleen Berry, Jamie Hreniuk, Bryan Gorczyca, and Nicholas Capobianco are the winners of the 2022 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Graduate category.

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Lori Walton, Physical Therapy Department, who accepted the Graduate Research Prize on behalf of winners Colleen Berry, Jamie Hreniuk, Bryan Gorczyca, and Nicholas Capobianco; and George Aulisio, Dean of the Library

Colleen, Jamie, Bryan, and Nicholas are third-year students completing their studies in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. They submitted to the competition their project titled “The Effectiveness of Complementary/Alternative Medicine for Pain Management in Postpartum Women: A Systematic Review,” completed in the course PT 773: Scientific Inquiry III for PT, taught by Dr. Renée Hakim. The group members used the Library’s resources to explore topics related to vulnerable populations and landed on the use of complementary/alternative medicine for pain management in postpartum women. They met with a faculty librarian to develop a search string that would capture the research they were interested in which they used to search in the library databases in their field, identifying 483 possible articles to review. The Library’s efficient InterLibrary Loan service was critical to their success in accessing and reviewing the articles they identified. Using the citation management platform Zotero and related strategies they also learned in their meeting with a librarian, the researchers narrowed to 22 articles which they proceeded to include in their qualitative analysis of the topic.

This group of researchers went on to have an abstract accepted for presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting. In their description of research, they share the centrality of the Library in the success of their research: “The resources available through the Weinberg Memorial Library made it possible to conduct thorough research with clinically relevant applications that physical therapists may share with their patients, community, friends, and family” and that “the process of preliminary literature review, article searching and accessing, and compilation of findings would not be possible without the robust resources available through the Weinberg Memorial Library.”

Sponsoring faculty Dr. Renée Hakim commends the student researchers who produced this project and shares, “All group members mastered the methodology through a series of progress reports and revisions which occurred over three consecutive semesters. Their work was very high quality as confirmed by the peer-review process which resulted in acceptance to a national scientific meeting.  I am very proud of their accomplishments.”

Corinne Rose Smith is the winner of the 2022 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Foundational category, which is awarded to the winning project completed in a 100-level course.

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Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator; Corinne Rose Smith, Research Prize Winner; and George Aulisio, Dean of the Library

Corinne is a Nursing major who submitted to the competition her paper titled “Aspirin: Your Body’s Best Friend or Enemy?,” completed in Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera’s WRTG 107: Composition course. Tasked with researching an argumentative contemporary issue related to her major, Corinne chose the topic of aspirin and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. During an information literacy class taught by a faculty librarian, Corinne learned to combine brainstormed keywords in her database searches; apply search filters to limit the source criteria to scholarly, peer-reviewed articles published in the last eight years; and critically evaluate the sources she found. In her description of research, Corinne explains in doing this she  “decided what the purpose of each source was, where it was published, and why it was useful.” She then created a source log, in which she documented the information she learned from each source and which precise portions of the source gave her that information.

These demonstrated methods of research and the information gathering process led Corinne to meaningful insights into the role of research in writing and her wider academic career. In her description of research she shares: “I have learned a stronger researcher makes a stronger writer. … While I initially felt overwhelmed at the start of my research process, I found the library’s extensive resources, tools, and services eased the process tremendously.” She offers the metaphor of a traveler to describe the research process, describing “a traveler who journeys from source to source to discover new insights.” She notes the role of curiosity in the research process when she admits, “The more information I found, the more intrigued I became with the topic.” And she shares how work on this paper will extend to her further academic research pursuits when she says, “I believe my ability to write a strong paper has improved tremendously,” where for her the research process is like “taking part in an adventure that could potentially change the face of the future.”

Sponsoring faculty Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera comments on Corinne’s project and shares, “As Corinne accumulated knowledge during her research process, she also became more conscientious of the importance of knowing the entirety of an issue … Corinne’s dedication to applying lessons learned throughout her first year at the University has resulted in a well-researched, timely paper which appeals to a general audience.”

An Honorable Mention award in the Undergraduate Foundational category was presented to Sarah Boyle, a Counseling and Human Services and Accounting major, for her paper titled “The Population Below the Poverty Line” completed in her CHS 111: Intro to Human Adjustment course for Dr. Paul Datti.

Currently celebrating its 11th year, the Weinberg Memorial Library inaugurated the Library Research Prize in 2011 to recognize excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools, and services. In 2017, the prize was named for Professor Emerita Bonnie W. Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011. The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize was fully endowed in 2019 and consists of a prize of $500 awarded to winning projects in each of the three categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level projects), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level projects), and Graduate.

Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 12, 2022 in the Charles Kratz Scranton Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

Information about the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize can be found on the website:

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2022 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Honorees: Amanda Lauren Serafin, Honorable Mention; Corinne Rose Smith, Winner; Gabrielle Allen, Winner; and Alexis Angstadt, Honorable Mention

Congratulations to all of our honorees!

5.06 Day of Giving

Today is the day that The University of Scranton Celebrates 5.06, our 8th Annual Day of Giving!

The focus of this year’s Day of Giving is on Student Scholarships, and I’d like to call your attention to two funds:

The Sara Farrell Hutchison ’08 Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to non-traditional female students studying in any of the health-related fields. Marian Farrell Ph.D., Professor of Nursing, is offering to match each dollar raised, up to $25,000, to the scholarship she initiated in her daughter’s memory.

The Opening Doors Scholarship Fund allows students from the Cristo Rey Network of High Schools to attend the University at no cost. Jim Slattery ’86 has offered to match the first $25,000 donated to the scholarship.


Additional gifts can also be made to the Weinberg Memorial Library. Please select Other and enter either the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library or the Library 30th Anniversary Fund.

Gifts to the Friends of the Library will go toward the endowment and become part of the regular spending plan of the Friends, which supports collections, resources, and services. Gifts to the 30th Anniversary Fund will go toward more immediate building updates to help improve the student experience.

As a thank you for your generosity, every gift gets a free pennant!

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2022

You may know that April is National Poetry Month, but did you know that tomorrow, Friday April 29, is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day? People are encouraged to “celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day”. I am choosing to share here a short poem by Toru Dutt, originally published in Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan (C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1882). It speaks to me of the spring we have been flirting with this year.

A sea of foliage girds our garden round,
But not a sea of dull unvaried green,
Sharp contrasts of all colours here are seen;
The light-green graceful tamarinds abound
Amid the mangoe clumps of green profound,
And palms arise, like pillars gray, between;
And o’er the quiet pools the seemuls lean,
Red,—red, and startling like a trumpet’s sound.
But nothing can be lovelier than the ranges
Of bamboos to the eastward, when the moon
Looks through their gaps, and the white lotus changes
Into a cup of silver. One might swoon
Drunken with beauty then, or gaze and gaze
On a primeval Eden, in amaze.

Please consider sharing a poem you love or that inspires you with a friend tomorrow – either in person or at #pocketpoem.

Tonight at 5:30pm – Artist Talk with Laura Kern

In conjunction with the Environmental Art Show, join us for an Artist Talk with Laura Kern on April 25th, 2022, in the Heritage Room at 5:30 pm.

Laura Kern

Laura is an interdisciplinary artist based in Waymart, PA. She received her BA from Keystone College in 2022 and currently works as an intern for the International Sculpture Center.

Collecting by Laura Kern
Collecting by Laura Kern


Her work addresses environmental issues and the relationship between man and the environment. Laura’s art will be featured as part of our virtual exhibit premiering on April 19th.


The 2022 Environmental Art Show is open now in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library April 19-26, 2022, with a virtual exhibit that can be viewed at:

All guests must follow the University of Scranton Health and Safety Protocols. If you have questions about this event, please contact Marleen Cloutier at

One Week Left! – Application Deadline for Library Research Prize is Monday, May 2, 2022

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize

There is one week left to apply for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize! Project submissions for Intersession and Spring 2022 are due Monday, May 2, 2022 by 4:00 pm.

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process and use of library resources, tools, and services.

Three prizes of $500.00 each will be awarded to the winning individual student or group in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate. If won by a group, the award will be split equally among the group members. All you need to do is write a 500- to 700-word essay describing your research process and how you used the Library in completing the project. Click here for some tips on how to craft the best 500- to 700-word essay you can about your research. 

A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission.

Winners will be announced in May after the deadline for Intersession and Spring projects. Although there are two different dates to submit an application, only one judging will take place.

For additional information on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and to access the application, visit the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize page:

Weinberg Memorial Library Book Sale

The Weinberg Memorial Library’s book sale is fast approaching! The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library will hold its annual book sale slated for Saturday, April 30 from 9:00AM to 8:00PM and Sunday, May 1 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. A special preview sale will be held on Friday, April 29 for current (2021-2022) Friend’s members and Schemel Forum members. Interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library? Information for membership can be found at the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

The book sale will have a vast array of hardcover and paperback books including non-fiction books, fiction books, cookbooks, children’s books, and young adult books. The library is still looking for volunteers to help with the book sale. Volunteer shifts are flexible.

Any questions about the book sale or want to volunteer? Please reach out to Melisa Gallo at or (570) 941-6195.

All current University of Scranton health and safety protocols in place for the weekend of the book sale, as indicated in the Royals Back Together plan, must be followed by guests and volunteers.

We look forward to seeing you at the Weinberg Memorial Library’s annual book sale!

Reminder: Trail Cleanup Sunday! Volunteers needed! 10-12pm

Reminder: In celebration of Earth Week, The Weinberg Memorial Library will be joining the Lackawanna Heritage Valley for a trail cleanup at the Heritage Trail on Sunday, April 24, 10am-12pm. We will meet at the Broadway St. Trailhead by the University’s Quinn Sports Complex. All are welcome to join us! If you have any questions or need directions, contact Sheli Pratt-McHugh at