Elizabeth McManus is the winner of the 2019 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.
Liz is a senior Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB) major with a minor in Computer Science from Brookfield, Connecticut, who submitted her project “Preventative and Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines,” completed in her capstone course BCMB 490, taught by Dr. Joan Wasilewski. For her research, Liz used the library’s curation of disciplinary resources to research and prepare a project culminating in a 35-minute presentation on the topic of vaccines to prevent and therapeutically treat cancer. At first reporting she was “overwhelmed” by the amount of information out there on this topic, Elizabeth realized she needed to adapt her research strategy by using the database MEDLINE/PubMed to seek out review articles; her goal in doing this was to develop “a more substantial understanding of the topic” by filling in “the gaps in [her] knowledge.” In her description of research, Liz eloquently summarizes the research strategies she learned through this project when she says, “By first establishing a wide breadth of knowledge on the topic, I prepared myself for the depth of research that followed.”
The Weinberg Memorial Library inaugurated the 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. Winning projects in each of three categories receive a $500 prize.
Honorable Mention awards in the Undergraduate Upper-level category included Anna Maria Giblin, a junior History major with a Philosophy minor and a Legal Studies concentration, as well as group partners Catherine Moloney, Gabriela Lins, and Kailtin Kenyon, senior Occupational Therapy majors.
Kerry Ann Randall and Megan Schane are the winners of the 2019 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Graduate category.
Kerry Ann and Megan are graduate occupational therapy students from Farmington, Connecticut and Cresco, Pennsylvania, respectively, who submitted to the competition their project “Adaptive Equipment Through the Ages: A Historical Review of Occupational Therapy,” completed in the course OT 501: Leadership in Occupational Therapy, taught by Dr. Rita Fleming-Castaldy. For this project, Kerry Ann and Megan made heavy use of library resources which they accessed through the online library research guide for this course. Resources used include the library’s databases including ProQuest Health and Medical Complete, CINAHL, and PubMed; books including those that were held on print reserve and at the Research Services desk, books from the circulating collection, and ebooks; journals both in print and online; and periodical literature only available in microfilm. In their description of research, Kerry Ann and Megan conclude, “We could not have completed our paper without the library, the online and physical data, and the space to use its computers, scanners, printers, and quiet spaces. The library is an irreplaceable resource on campus with wonderful staff which has shaped us into better students and researchers as we prepare for our professional careers.”
Honorable Mention awards in the Graduate category included Jenna Gulics and Lisa Crivelli, both graduate students in the Occupational Therapy program, and Lindsey Hayde, a graduate student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
Isaiah Livelsberger is the winner of the 2019 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Foundational category, which is awarded to the winning project completed in a 100-level course.
Isaiah is a first-year International Studies and Philosophy major from New Oxford, Pennsylvania, who submitted to the competition his paper “Empty Aid,” completed in Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera’s WRTG 107: Composition course. To complete his research, Isaiah relied on initial instruction in brainstorming topical keywords, database searching, and information evaluation provided by both his professor and a faculty librarian who visited his class, as well as support at the Research Services desk. What sets Isaiah’s research apart, however, is the way his initial position on his topic changed through the research process, developing a more critical stance on the topic of the effects of humanitarian aid on recipient countries as a result of the new information he found. Through researching and writing this paper, Isaiah “learned that research is a dynamic, intense process” and “discovered the seemingly unlimited information [he] can use as a university student through the library to develop educated opinions.”
An Honorable Mention award in the Undergraduate Foundational category was given to Justine Duva, a first-year Biology Major.
Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.
APRIL ~ Congratulations to Eileen Dammer of Clarks Summit, who won the following prizes:
Entertainment:Actors Circle (two tickets to The Haunting of Hill House – May 30, 31, June 1-9); Electric City Trolley Station & Museum (two admissions to the trolley excursion & museum); Montage Mountain Resorts (four summer passes); The Dietrich Theater (one movie gift bag).
Culinary Delights:Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Gold Crown Pizza ($25 gift certificate); Krispy Kreme (gift basket); Metz Culinary Management (TGI Fridays – $25 gift card); The New Café at Greystone Gardens ($20 gift card); Serafina ($25 gift certificate); P.J.’s 1910 Pub at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center ($25 gift certificate); LongHorn Steakhouse ($25 gift card).
Tres Chic:Nada & Co. ($50 gift certificate).
Wellness:Uno Fitness (one 3-month membership); Total Hair Solutions ($50 gift certificate towards manicure & pedicure); Studio RD & Co. Salon and Spa ($25 gift certificate).
And More!:Lackawanna Heritage Valley (basket of gifts – hat, guide, travel mug and more in a beautiful tote bag); Wine (two bottles – courtesy of Debra Pellegrino); Woodstock garden wind chime (courtesy of Charles Kratz).
Didn’t win this yet? That’s okay, because you still have EIGHT more chances!
The Library Computer Lab (Rm.306) and an additional Group Study Room on the 4th Floor are now available for student use. Please note the guidelines posted. And remember that the Library 3rd floor will be open 24/7 for dead week and finals week, specifically earmarked for Quiet Study. Good luck with your studies!
The Weinberg Memorial Library has once again teamed up with University Advancement to raise funds for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund this 5.06 weekend (May 3rd – May 6th) for the University’s 5th Annual Day of Giving on Monday, May 6th.
The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize is designed to attract outstanding research projects from courses taught in departments across The University of Scranton campus. It 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.
Named for Professor Emerita Bonnie Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011, this Endowment Fund was started by Bonnie at her untimely passing four months after her retirement in 2017. Our goal is to raise funds for this Endowment Fund to ensure that the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize will be awarded in perpetuity. Your donation will help us do this.
Annually, three prizes of $500.00 each are awarded to the winning individual student and/or group projects in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level projects), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level projects), and Graduate.
Help us ensure the future of the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize by directly supporting student learning at the University with your gift to this Endowment Fund!
In response to student requests, the Library third floor will be open 24/7 for dead week and finals week, specifically earmarked for Quiet Study. We hope this will help to alleviate some stress. Good luck with your end of the semester endeavors!
During the month of May, the Weinberg Memorial Library hosts its annual Faculty Scholarship Exhibit in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. The exhibit features books and articles produced by University of Scranton faculty members since 2016. The exhibit, organized by academic department, provides an overview of the diversity and quality of scholarly accomplishments by the University’s faculty. For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at email@example.com or call 570-941-6341.