2022 Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Brookens Library and the Friends of Brookens Library are excited to announce the winners of our Eigth 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 Holly Kent, Diana Zaleski, 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: Taryn Christy – “Our Building is Run by Women”: Women’s Success in the Illinois Public Sector

2nd Place: Abigail High – The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs

3rd Place: Briana Rodriquez – Forced Labor in U.S Detention Centers: The Exploitation of Detained Immigrants Under the Guise of Voluntary Work Programs

4th Place: Blake Bergner – The Significance and Racism of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

5th Place: Diana Ibarra – The Augmentation of Feminicides in Latin America Through Machismo

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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