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Student Research at St. Joseph's College: Library Award for Student Research

A guide to how the library supports student research at St. Joseph's College in formal and informal ways.

2018 Award Winner (Paper) Jessica Gagliardi

Photo of Jessica Gagliardi and Dr. James BlakeleyThe Medici Family: Philanthropic Patronage in the Florentine Renaissance (Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Blakeley, Department of History)

Callahan Library Award for Student Research

The Callahan Library is pleased and honored to partner with SJC Long Island's Student Research Symposium Committee to showcase outstanding research efforts by our undergraduates. The library awards a cash prize ($100 gift card) to an undergraduate whose Student Research Symposium submission is deemed to evidence outstanding use of library services and information resources.

Selection Criteria
Projects (papers, posters) will be judged based on the following criteria:
1)    Excellent use of information and library resources
2)    Professional-quality presentation evidencing originality, sophistication, and depth in use of library sources and services
3)    Reflective essay and bibliography

Essay Requirements
An essay of 500-750 words describing the process of using information and library resources, explaining the research strategy used and the progression of the topic from proposal development stage through research and submission.  The essay should discuss the following themes:

1)    Topic development: How did you conceptualize and refine your initial topic?  Describe your independent thinking, reading, and research as well as how consultation with your faculty sponsor(s) and the librarian(s) shaped the final subject matter. Describe how long this process took and major steps therein.

2)    Research strategies:  What strategies did you implement to locate and evaluate information? Describe what went as planned and any unexpected discoveries (as well as how they may have changed the course of your research and/or final submission).  Include evidence of your personal academic learning process through consultation with professionals (teaching faculty and librarians).

3)    Library Resources: What resources did you find to be relevant for your research?  Discuss not only the tools you eventually used for your project (e.g., books, journals, reports, essays, etc.) but the finding aids consulted to locate these resources (e.g., databases, catalogs, reference books, subject guides, bibliographies, websites, electronic discussion lists, etc.).  

4)    Evaluation of Information: Describe materials you consulted but decided NOT to use. Explain why and describe how you came to such decisions. If you consulted your faculty advisor(s) or librarian(s) about these decisions please describe the guidance you received.  Were some kinds of information harder to come by than others? Describe any other challenges and how you overcame them to complete your research.

2018 Award Winner (Poster) Alexa Marinos

Photo of Alexa Marinos and Dr. Konstantine RountosA Review of the Toxic Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms on Marine Organisms (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Konstantine Rountos, Department of Biology)

Past Award Winners

Brian Gully, Paper (2017)

Death, Self and Sex: The Moderating Effects of Self-Esteem on the Relationship Between the Terror of Dying and Sex


Emily Church, Paper (2016)

The Effects of Parent-Child Shared Reading on Preschool Children with Speech Language Impairment

Jennifer Gagliardi, Paper (2015)

My God It's Full of Stars: The Lasting Effects of Devolving Social Constructs on Interstellar Space Travel in the Science Fiction Genre


Anthony Sementilli, Poster (2015)

Designing Amyloid-Coated Gold Nanoparticles for the Bottom-Up Assembly of Nanocompartments

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