Research Practices Award 2013

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Meet Julie Kappelman and Billy Rathje, 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.


2013 Winners

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: Julie Kappelman [Form submission.Kappelman.pdf]
Project Title:
Not Just Sex that Sells: Religious References and Rhetoric in Contemporary Beer Branding
Faculty Advisor:
Jonathan Stockdale

According to the judges:
Julie undertook an ambitious and fascinating project to explore the religious allusions used in contemporary beer branding.  The interdisciplinary nature of her project, combined with the relative lack of scholarly attention to the specific topic,  presented several research challenges for Julie.  She met these challenges by seeking out and using a sophisticated set of information literacy tools.  She consulted with three subject liaison librarians and several professors; used multiple subject databases; and continually revisited both her research question and her research methods. As she noted in her application, “Although systematic, my literature research process was not linear but dynamic, cyclical, and reflective.” Indeed, Julie’s work exemplifies the value of reflection to the creative process in research. 


Science: Billy Rathje [Form submission.Rathje.pdf]
A Novel Framework for Model Checking UDP Network Interactions
Faculty Advisor:
Brad Richards

According to the judges:
Billy Rathje’s summer project “A Novel Framework for Model Checking UDP Network Interactions” sought to address the inability of a popular model-checking system, Java Pathfinder, to adequately support modeling for UDP networks, one of the two commonly used network protocols.  His description of his research process demonstrated an impressive awareness of the disciplinary need to review both scholarly and technical literature in order to locate and utilize information that supported his research project. Billy creatively used library catalogs and databases as well as open source software repositories to locate scholarly and technical documents, then expanded his search results through cited reference searching. He did not limit his research to English language or domestic publications, but ensured that his literature review would be thorough by including international publications within the scope of his search. When he found a scarcity of literature specific to his research focus, he expanded the scope of his search from model checking UPD networks to more general literature about simplifying and increasing the efficiency of mathematical models.