University of South Carolina

University Libraries announce competition winners

University of South Carolina undergraduates Lauren Koch of Anderson and Laura Musselman of Fayetteville, Ga., took top honors in an annual research competition at the University of South Carolina.

The University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research recognizes and rewards excellence in undergraduate research projects that incorporate the use of library collections, resources and services on campus. The competition features two tracks: a black track for freshmen and sophomores and a garnet track for juniors and seniors.

Koch, a sophomore theater major, wrote a research paper on theorist Antonin Artaud as part of a theater history course.

“Lauren has an aptitude for psychological interpretation and an impressive ability to synthesize disparate sources and scholarship on an extremely complex issue,” said Dr. Amy Lehman, an assistant professor of theater.

Musselman, a junior majoring in international business and marketing, wrote a research paper on social dances of the Jazz Age, utilizing the Matthew J. & Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald and other materials in the University Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collections holdings.

“I delved deep in resources,” Musselman said. “There were many differing reasons why the moralists of the day believed that dancing was the root of all evil. I focused on the sexual nature of the dancing, the environment where the dancing took place and the racial nature of dancing.”

Cash prizes of $500 and $150 accompany the black and garnet track awards, respectively.

For more information about University Libraries and its award competitions for research and special collections, visit the Web site: http://www.sc.edu/library.

University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research

  • What: Recognition of excellence in undergraduate research projects that incorporate library collections, resources and services
  • Who: Lauren Koch of Anderson and Laura Musselman of Fayetteville, Ga., named this year's winners

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/25/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/31/10 @ 8:29 AM | Permalink