REGION — Maura C. Burns of Archbald was awarded The University of Scranton's Weinberg Memorial Library 2018 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research prize in the Undergraduate Upper-level Category.

The award was presented by Charles E. Kratz, dean of the library and information fluency at The University of Scranton.

The Weinberg Memorial Library at the University inaugurated the prize in 2011 to recognize excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools and services. In 2017, the prize was named for Professor Emerita Bonnie W. Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011.

Burns, a senior history major with minors in biology and biochemistry won in the Undergraduate Upper-level Category for the winning project completed in a 200- to 400-level course. She submitted to the competition her paper "Medicine in the American Revolution," completed in the course Senior Seminar on the American Revolution (HIST 490) taught by David Dzurec III, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the History Department. Researching and writing on a topic that combined her love for medicine and her passion for history, Burns utilized many of the Library's resources and services to complete the research for this project, including the databases, the Library catalog and print collection, the eBook collection, EBSCOhost's digital archives, the online research guide for History, the Circulation Services desk and the printing and scanning stations throughout the Library.

Through the websites curated on the Library's History research guide, she discovered digital archival resources relevant to her inquiry that are housed outside of the University. In her application essay, she stated, "I learned that The University of Scranton website connects to a network of libraries and resources that helped me form the backbone of my paper." Burns also noted that "just like history, research is unpredictable" and that "research is a learning experience in and of itself."

Honorable Mention awards in the Undergraduate Upper-level Category were presented to Catherine McManus of Brookfield, Connecticut, a junior biology major with a minor in political science, who submitted her paper "Exploring the Interaction of Climate Change and Rapid Evolution Through the Expansion of Invasive Weed Ranges" that was completed in the course Evolution (BIOL 375); and to group partners Luis Melgar of Simpson, a senior exercise science major with minors in Spanish and theology, and Julianne Burrill of New City, New York, a junior exercise science major, for their project "The Effects of Dynamic and Static Stretching on Acute Lower Extremity Flexibility," completed in the course Research Methods (EXSC 448).

Prize winners were honored at reception in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

For more information about the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize, contact Donna Witek, information literacy coordinator at the University's Weinberg Memorial Library, at 570-941-4000 or donna.witek@scranton.edu.