2021 Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Brookens Library and the Friends of Brookens Library are excited to announce the winners of our Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Award!

We here at Brookens believe that undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award was created by Brookens Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. The Friends of Brookens Library funds the $1500 in awards received by students.

The excellent projects submitted this year made the judging a challenge, but the selection committee of Ken Owen, Megan Styles and John Laubersheimer were able to decide upon the winners. 

This year we are honored to recognize the following students for their exceptional research:

1st Place: Alexandra Simpson Complexity in Nature and Humanity in Red Sorghum

2nd Place: Malavika Mujumdar Graphic Poetry as Historical Experience in Naoko Fujimoto’s “Thursdays” and “On A Black Hill”

3rd Place: Benjamin Garrett An Overview of the Life, Extinction, and Possible De-Extinction of Mammuthus Primigenius

4th Place: Rebecca Wheeler Decision Vision II: Investigating the Effects of Mental Simulation on Accuracy During Affect-Induced and Logic-Induced Decisions by Intuitive and Rational Decision Makers​

5th Place: Joshua Melnick Development of DNA Barcoding in Oak Species

A special mention of Rebecca Wheeler’s work is due. Rebecca Wheeler, is a returning Research Award winner. Her entry this year continued the excellent work she submitted in 2020 and for which she won 3rd place: Decision Vision: Utilizing Mental Simulation to Promote Accuracy During Intuitive Decision Making.

The competition was tough this year and all of our submissions were top quality research. A big congratulations for all our winners and all of our entrants! 

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