2018 Undergraduate Library Research Award Winners

Nikita Vyugov, Alanna Quinn, and Fiona Shorrock
From left to right: Nikita Vyugov, Alanna Quinn, and Fiona Shorrock

Now in its twelfth year, the Undergraduate Library Research Award recognizes and rewards LMU undergraduate students whose research makes expert and creative use of the services, resources, and collections of the William H. Hannon Library to produce a scholarly or creative work. Each entry includes 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.

For 2018, the grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded to Alanna Quinn, for her work entitled “Grammatical Gender Acquisition.” Quinn was nominated by Monica Cabrera. The Awards Committee was impressed with Quinn’s “flawless” essay, which genuinely described the research process, and the faculty member’s glowing letter of support.  Quinn’s research is a “truly impressive, graduate-level work. The level of scholarly inquiry,” noted the committee, “was inspiring.” Quinn is a senior spanish major who produced this work for HNRS 4100.

The two honorable mentions of $450 each go to Nikita Vyugov and Fiona Shorrock. Vyugov was nominated by Nicolas Rosenthal for his work, “American Solar and the U.S. Government: The History of a Love-Hate Relationship.” Vyugov’s work demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of synthesizing a variety of sources to support his argument. Vyugov is a junior business management major who produced this work for HIST 3452.

Our other honorable mention, Fiona Shorrock, was nominated by Hawley Almstedt for her work, “Added Sugars and the Childhood Obesity Epidemic in the United States.” Shorrock’s essay demonstrated a clear understanding of the research process, the evaluation of credible sources, and the use of varied sources. Shorrock is a senior health and human sciences major who produced this work for HHSC 430.

Congratulations to our 2018 winners! (And remember, Lions: any work completed in Spring 2018 is eligible for the 2019 award. So mark your calendars for next year!)

The Awards Committee – Rachel Deras, Jamie Hazlitt, Laura Massa, Elizabeth Wimberly, and Jessea Young – chose these entries because they demonstrate advanced information literacy practices, creative use of library collections and services, and clear evidence of significant learning. These works will be available in our Digital Commons. Dean Kristine Brancolini will present the awards at a special ceremony and reception on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. 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).