The 2014/2015 academic year was the first offering of the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award. The excellent projects submitted made the judging a challenge, but the selection committee comprised of Ben Walsh, Angie Maranville and John Laubersheimer, were able to decide upon a clear winner. Congratulations goes to Michael Lotspeich for his undergraduate honors theses Adherence to Themes in Rural Local Education Agency Reorganization Research: a Meta-analysis Review. Lotspeich received a cash prize of $250 as part of the award and his paper will be archived on the University’s institutional repository, IDEALS.
Mr. Lotspeich’s submission was an impressive piece of research that best exemplified proficiency in information literacy and excellence in undergraduate scholarship. His paper incorporates a wide range of resources from Brookens as well as materials obtained through ILL and iShare. Mr. Lotspeich completed his research paper as a part of his double major in Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science.
The judging committee was impressed with Mr. Lotspeich’s ability to analyze a complex topic and present it in a style that engages the reader. Mr. Lotspeich demonstrated a high level of skill in synthesizing literature and provided a very thorough bibliography. Overall, the first award winner presented the committee a comprehensive project with exemplary documentation.