Research Practices Award 2012

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Meet Shannon Kilgore and Jay Goldberg, winners of the Collins Memorial Library Research Practices Award! The award recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate exemplary skill and creativity in the application of library and information resources to original research and scholarship.


2012 Winners

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: Shannon Kilgore (Form Submission: ShannonKilgore.pdf)
Project Title:
The Psychology of Labyrinthine Encapsulation in Two Houses of Memory: Chaucer's House of Fame and Danielewski's House of Leaves
Faculty Advisor:
Denise Despres 

According to the judges:
Shannon Kilgore demonstrated exemplary and creativity in her research process, as reflected in her thoughtful submission. By comparing Chaucer’s House of Fame with Danielewski’s House of Leaves, she finds important connections and correspondences between (in her words) “modern memory technologies” and “medieval memory technologies.” Her submission also showed self-awareness related to her use of the library’s own “modern memory technologies.” Shannon’s enthusiasm for and engagement with the texts is evident in her writing.


Science: Jay Goldberg [Form Submission: Jaygoldberg.pdf]
Do the deposited chemical cues of striped plateau lizards (Sceloporus virgatus) communicate information about female reproductive state?
Faculty Advisor:
Stacey Weiss 

According to the judges:
Jay Goldberg was selected as the 2012 winner of the Research Practices Award for science research. He described a thoughtful, long-term and ongoing, process in his approach to literature searching.  He began by scanning literature in his area of research, and continued to read broadly as he defined his area of interest and developed a research topic.  Jay was cognizant of the publication cycle—he used review articles as entries into the literature, utilized the ‘Cited by’ tool in Google Scholar to discover newer publications from older publications, and learned how important identifying experts in his field of study is.

Because of his topic, even after searching many key research tools, Jay found some resources simply weren’t yet published.  He discovered that not all knowledge is print knowledge, and developed the skills to approach people who could assist him—both local scholars like Puget Sound faculty and scholars from other universities.  We were also impressed with his awareness of how his research fit into a gap in the available knowledge about reptile chemical ecology, and we wish him luck in his future research endeavors.