WSU Libraries have selected the winners of the second annual Student Research Excellence Award.
The competition required undergraduate students to submit a research paper written for a WSU class during 2007, along with an essay outlining research strategy, and use the information sources and skills to evaluate sources.
All of the winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 21 at 1p.m. in the Holland and Terrell Libraries Atrium. The public is welcome to attend.
The projects were evaluated based on the evidence of advanced and original use of library resources and collections; of exceptional ability in locating, selecting, evaluating and synthesizing research materials, to name a few.
A tie for first place granted both winners a prize of $1000.  Alison Kirpes, a senior in English, submitted her Honors thesis, “From Harlot to Human Being: The Revised Anna Karenina.”  Her advisor for the project was Birgitta Ingemanson. 
Also winning first prize is Jorgen Olson, a senior in history, who entered a paper written for Theresa Jordan’s History 300 class entitled “Nationalism and the Vision of Music.”
Three runners-up will receive a $250 prize.
These awards go to Molly Boers, Haley Paul, and Rachel Waniata. Boers, a senior in fine arts, was recognized for her Honors thesis, “Suspicious Reception: Public Reaction to Three Portraits of Marie Antoinette.”
Paul, a senior in anthropology, submitted her Honors thesis entitled “Bigger, but Better? An Examination of Food System Scale and Its Connection to Long Term Sustainability.”
Waniata, a senior in music, entered her Honors thesis, “The Choral Styles of F. Melius Christiansen and Robert Shaw: A Comparison.”