2016 Undergraduate Library Research Award Winners


Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Undergraduate Library Research Award

The grand prize of $1,000 was awarded to Dominic V. Budetti, for a work entitled “From Silver to Opium: A Study of the Evolution and Impact of the British-Chinese Trade System from 1780 to 1842.” Budetti was nominated by Elizabeth Drummond.

The two honorable mentions of $450 each go to Amanda Kretsch and Mary Densmore. Kretsch was nominated by Amir Hussain for her work, “The Misconception of Jihad in America.” Amy Woodson-Boulton nominated Densmore for her work, “Power and Gender: British Women’s Role in 19th Century Imperial India.”

The group prize of $1000 was awarded to Iris Astudillo and Julia Yi for their work, “Shanghai Jews: Interactions with a New Culture,” nominated by Holli Levitsky.

Each entry included the research project or paper, an essay explaining how the student conducted their researched and used library resources, a bibliography, and a letter of nomination from the faculty member who had assigned the paper or project.

The Awards Committee – Shilpa Rele, Jamie Hazlitt, Nataly Blas, Dean Scheibel, and Laura Massa – chose these entries because they demonstrate advanced information literacy practices, creative use of library collections and services, and clear evidence of significant learning. You can read these works in our Digital Commons.

Dean Kristine Brancolini presented the awards at a special ceremony and reception on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Von der Ahe Family Suite on Level 3 of the William H. Hannon Library. 

The Undergraduate Library Research Award is generously supported by Thomas Peter Campora (LMU Class of ’66).

Congratulations to our 2016 winners!