The Giovale Library Undergraduate Research Awards 2012 Winners
The Giovale Library Undergraduate Research Awards recognize students producing outstanding research projects such as: papers, videos, and blogs that demonstrate information literacy and the effective use of Library resources.
First PlaceEmily Naylor for her thesis titled "Psychometrics of the Imaginative Involvement Questionnaire (IIQ)"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Simonds
"Through the use of limiters, broad sources, advanced searches, and
library databases, I was able to identify a major issue within the
measurement of fantasy-proneness. While the information I gained
through this process required me to engage in more work by creating
an entirely new scale for part of my thesis, this process not only
enhanced my understanding of informational resources, but also
enabled me to conduct a study that will benefit the measurement
of cognitive process (fantasy-proneness)."
"Sometimes researcher will just pick a measure and use it because
it has been cited X number of times. Those of us who question finer
points of measurement find it valuable to use measurements developed
using a thoughtful approach to construct definition and to consideration
of the ways items address those constructs. Emilee’s work on this
project provides this type of careful work that supports more
valid measurement. Her work is already valued by one expert in the
field and will be valuable to other because she was willing to do
the legwork to dig up every measurement she could find."
Second PlaceTavish Bell for her project titled "Using the Master’s Tools to Tear Down the Master’s House: Chesnutt’s Deconstruction of the Reconstruction through Julius McAdoo"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lance Newman
"Putting multiple sources in dialogue with each other, I was able to expand
the conversation beyond just close reading and diverse interpretation;
opening it up to critical racial studies through linguistic examination. The
extensive research I put into this project rendered the library and its
"The research, thinking, and writing in this project are of the highest
caliber and would be recognized as excellent at the best English graduate
programs in the country. The prose is refined and demonstrates confident
fluency in the discourse of our field. The works cited include important
work of the most influential scholars in relevant disciplines…And the
thesis of the essay in both original and important."
Congratulations to the 2012 Winners!