Research Practices Award 2010

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Meet Jordan Carelli and Ayanna K. Drakos, 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.

2010 Winners

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Ayanna K. Drakos formsubmission_Drakos.pdf
Project Title:“The Historiography of the Black Student Union at Puget Sound: Retrenchment as a Problem of Silencing”

According to the judges:
“Ms. Ayanna K. Drakos work on the historiography of the Black Student Union at Puget Sound demonstrated a sophisticated use of library resources, making extensive use of both primary and secondary sources. She also consulted with both faculty and librarian experts to further delineate the parameters of her research project. Her deep interest in research methodology allowed her to effectively engage with a complex topic, one in which silence in primary source materials was just as important as voiced sentiments. She successfully marshaled her growing expertise to illuminate an intricate research question through an interdisciplinary lens. Her thoughtful self-reflection on her growth as a researcher confirms a promising future as a scholar.”

Faculty advisor: Professor Grace Livingston (African American Studies)

Science: Jordan Carelli  formsubmission_Carelli.pdf
Project Title:Quantitation of underivatized sugars in solution by cesium attachment using online LC-ESI-MS, with applications to kinetic studies of the putative α-1,4-glycosaidase MalA from Bdellovibriobacteriovorus.

According to the Judges:
“Jordan Carelli stood out to us as displaying a grasp of key information literacy concepts in his reflective essay on the research process for his work on 1H-NMR and LC/MS assay development for the characterization of glycosidase and glycosyl transferase activities of MalA from Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus. He clearly determined what type of information he needed, and displayed an understanding of the value of different types of information, a canny eye to what types of information are published in what formats (turning, for instance, to books for research on topics he understood to be established, and articles for more current topics). He used background information to develop a familiarity with new topics and used the citations in this secondary and tertiary literature to follow up on and obtain primary sources. Jordan’s research question is interdisciplinary, and, conscious of that, he used databases from both chemistry and biology to find articles that reflected the field of chemical biology. By using forward citation through Google Scholar and citation chaining from each source he found, Jordan was able to efficiently develop a historical and current picture of his field. His exceptional awareness of research techniques and appropriate use of both current and older information lead us to suggest that he receive the Collins Memorial Undergraduate Award.”

Faculty advisors:
Professor Mark Martin (Biology) and John Hanson (Chemistry)