Congratulations to the 2014 Research Awards 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.
Pratik Raghu, for his essay, "Politicized Vaginas: The Kikuyu Central Association's
Co-option of Female Initiation Rites during Colonial Kenya's 'Female Circumcision Crisis' "
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Marquardt
"During a service-learning trip to rural Kenya. . . I noticed that female circumcision—a coming-of-age ceremony
wherein part or all of a teenage girl's external sexual organs are excised—affected all our efforts,
be they educational, medical, cultural, or socioeconomic. I was thus intrigued to investigate such a key aspect of
so many Kenyan and African women's lives, eager to uncover the complexities of an issue that encapsulates Africa's
ongoing struggle between tradition and modernity."
—Pratick Raghu, Reflective Essay
This essay "excels through its original thesis, sophisticated argument and articulation and
presentation of scholarly materials."
—Dr. Gary Marquardt
Alysa Fratto for her project "The Glorious Cinema: An Experience Like No Other"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Betsy Kleba
"This multidisciplinary nature required me expand upon my previous understanding of literature searches to
include fields of study that were outside my own including geology, mineralogy, meteorology, and eventually
the environment on the surface of Mars and astrobiology. Without the databases and services like Interlibrary
Loans available to me through the library this project would not have been possible."
—Alysa Fratto, Reflective Essay
"[Alysa] utilized sources within the library but also requested countless documents from
interlibrary loan utilizing the resources at Universities around the country to make sense of the
information available about Bonneville Salt Flats. Moreover . . . she scoured the internet for
information about government and non-government agencies using and regulating Bonneville Salt Flats,
land-use laws, and documents describing the history of the region."
—Dr. Betsy Kleba