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Congratulations to this year’s Undergraduate Research Awards winners

Three students have won 2018-19 University Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards.

The students were selected for top prizes by a twelve-member review panel made up of Libraries faculty and teaching faculty from across campus. This year’s awards were presented at a ceremony and reception held Tuesday, May 7, in the Hollings Library on the University of South Carolina campus.

The University Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards reward excellence in undergraduate use of library resources and services, and demonstrate the contribution of the Libraries to student learning. They highlight the value of information literacy by requiring students to describe their research process as part of the application procedure, and encourage faculty to create assignments that engage students in the use of library resources. Since the start of the awards 12 years ago, 40 students have been recognized with more than $15,000 in monetary prizes.

            This year’s winners are:

  • First Place $500, Eric Friendly, an art history major and graduating senior, forEntering the Studio- Raphael Soyer (c. 1935),” a research paper for Art History 501: Methodologies of Art History. Dr. Susan Felleman, art history and film and media studies, is the supporting faculty.
  • Second Place $400, tie, Allie Anderson, a theatre and English double-major and graduating senior, for “WTD: What the Dada? The Resurfacing of Dadaism in 21st Century Meme Entertainment,” a term paper for Theatre 562. Dr. Amy Lehman, theatre, is the supporting faculty.
  • Second Place $400, tie, Mitchell Johansson, a philosophy major and graduating senior, for his South Carolina Honors College Thesis titled, “John Paul II’s Theology of the Body: The Human Person, Self-Gift, and The Sacramental Dimension of Human Love.” Dr. Christopher Tollefsen, philosophy department chair, is the supporting faculty.

This year’s winners will contribute their project to Scholars Commons, the institutional repository to preserve, collect and disseminate the research and scholarship of the University of South Carolina. They are the first award recipients to do so.      

Read more information about the USC Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award, including past winners.