Student Research Award - LSC-CyFair

Fall 2014 Deadline - December 14!

Purpose of These Awards:
Students at Lone Star College-CyFair often put considerable effort into researching, writing, or presenting material for their classes. The library would like to recognize the best student research projects that find, evaluate, select, and communicate information from library resources effectively.

Awards Given:
The library will recognize first, second, and third place winners by providing them with an award in the amounts listed below. The Friends of the Lone Star College-CyFair Branch Library have generously provided funding for this award.

  • 1st place: $500
  • 2nd place: $300
  • 3rd place: $100

Packet Documents:

Complete these documents, save them for your files, and then submit them with the student project to cflibraryaward@lonestar.edu by the deadline for fall and spring submissions listed on this web page.

Student Research Award - Student Cover Sheet (fillable PDF format) 
Student Research Award - Faculty Cover Sheet (fillable PDF format)

Deadlines for Application Packets:

The application and submission deadlines are:
  • Summer 2014 semesters - August 17
  • Fall 2014 semester - December 14
  • Winter 2014-15 mini-term - January 11 
  • Spring 2015 semester - May 10

Important Note: The student is responsible for ensuring that all required items are included in the packet sent by the nominating faculty member by the deadline date. No late or incomplete packets will be reviewed.

Eligibility for These Awards:

  • All full-time or part-time LSC-CyFair students in the summer 2014, fall 2014, winter 2014-15 mini term, or spring 2015 semesters are eligible for the 2014-15 award. Students are required to attend LSC-CyFair during the semester their project is completed and nominated, but not necessarily be enrolled at LSC-CyFair when the awards are given.
  • Students may submit projects completed in the summer 2014, fall 2014, winter 2014-15 mini term, or spring 2015 semesters from credit or dual-credit classes.
  • Students must be nominated by faculty who assigned the projects.
  • A student must electronically sign an academic integrity statement verifying that the project is a product of his/her own work only. Projects found to be plagiarized will be disqualified.

Faculty Member Submissions:

  • Faculty who have graded a project during the summer 2014, fall 2014, winter 2014-15 mini term, or spring 2015 semesters may submit it to the award committee.
  • Faculty must submit all materials for nominated student electronically to cflibraryaward@lonestar.edu.
  • Faculty serving on the evaluation committee will not be able to evaluate projects they nominated. They will, however, be able to evaluate all remaining projects.

Project Requirements:

  • Only projects using at least 3 library sources (books or articles in print or library databases) completed during the summer 2014, fall 2014, winter 2014-15 mini term, or spring 2015 semesters are eligible.
  • Projects must include a bibliography or works cited in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, or AMA format based on the assigning faculty's preference.
  • Sources must be cited within the project using in-text citation associated with the specific citation style used or, if submitting a multimedia project, other appropriate means of citing sources within the project (e.g. citing in the notes field of a PowerPoint presentation, verbally stating sources in a video, or using subtitles to provide source information).
  • Students may only submit one project per year.
  • The project must be nominated and submitted by the assigning faculty member.
  • Submitted papers must be at least 3 pages but no more than 10 double-spaced pages in length.
  • Submitted speeches or multimedia projects must include a transcript or detailed notes of the content included. A video or audio file of a speech or multimedia project may accompany the transcript but is not required.
  • No group projects will be accepted at this time.
  • A student must electronically sign an academic integrity statement on the Student Cover Sheet verifying that the project is a product of his/her own work only. Papers will be submitted to Turnitin.com for an originality check. Projects found to be plagiarized will be disqualified.
  • Students will complete and submit their Student Cover Sheet and return it electronically to their faculty member to complete the application packet that also includes the project and the Faculty Cover Sheet.
  • Complete application packets must be submitted electronically to cflibraryaward@lonestar.edu by the stated deadlines for each semester. No incomplete packets will be reviewed.
  • Upon receipt of application packet, both student and faculty will receive a confirmation email.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Demonstrated skill in selecting and synthesizing research materials from library materials and databases and other authoritative sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to capture the reader's interest in the topic, provide appropriate support for the topic, and convey the information in an exceptional style.
  • Effective use of a variety of sources.
  • Sources properly cited using in-text and bibliography/works cited formats.
  • Overall quality of project.

Evaluation Committee 

The committee will evaluate the projects using a blind review process. The committee evaluating the entries will be comprised of at least 2 persons from each of the following categories.

  • Full-time reference librarians
  • Full-time academic faculty

Student Research Award Winners:

2013-2014

  • First Place: Ibrahim Iqbal
  • "The Sight We Lack"
    Professor Rebekah Love, ENGL 1302
  • Second Place: Nancy Amin
  • "Education as a Fundamental Human Right"
    Professor Jamili Omar, ENGL 2333
  • Third Place: Judith Moore
  • "Death Penalty vs. Insanity Plea"
    Professor Fay Lee, ENGL 1301 

2012-2013

  • First Place: Jordan Davis
    "Avarice: A Case Study on the Abomination of For-Profit Prisons"
    Professor Heidi Jo Green, GOVT 2304
  • Second Place: Candelario Leal
    "Genius, Madness and Shamanism and the Upper Paleolithic Revolution"
    Professor Matt Backer, ARTS 1303
  • Third Place: Karla Segura
    "Gloria Anzaldua and the Bi-cultural Feminist Americana"
    Professor Michelle Brown, ENGL 1302

2011-2012

  • First Place: April Johnson, "A Classic in Modern Times"
    Professor Matthew Backer, ARTS 1303
    A wonderful essay about German immigrant and Texas Architect John Ludwig Wees’ unique, classical take on the WWI memorials.
  • Second Place: Christopher Whitfill, "The Democratic Spirit"
    Professor Mark Thorsby, PHIL 1301
    A thought-provoking essay about the rise of totalitarianism in pre-WWII Germany.
  • Third Place: Bethany Reese, "Sin Represas: Without Dams!"
    Professor Sergio Sarmiento, GEOL 1405
    A timely PowerPoint presentation about hydroelectric power and some suggested green alternatives in Chile.

2010-2011

  • First Place - Cody Beers - "Daddy Complex"
    Professor: Patricia Healy
  • Second Place - Scott Liebling - "The Societal Effects of the Decline of Organized Labor in the United States"
    Professor: Heidi Jo Green
  • Third Place - Misty Nikel - "Reform for U.S.-China Trade"
    Professor: Patricia Healy

2009-2010

  • First Place - Brandon de Hoyos: “A War of Words: How Civil War Correspondents Changed the News Industry”
    Professor: Esther Robinson
  • Second Place - Gorge Sanchez-Ruiz: “Why the Federal Reserve Must Cease”
    Professor: Margaret Mendonca
  • Third Place - Jim Brant McMahon: “Prisoners of Intangible Walls"
    Professor: Sonila Themeli

2008-2009

  • First Place - Amy Mitamura: "The History of Radiation Safety"
    Professor: Cynthia Robertson 
  • Second Place - Victoria Marie Bee: "Female Genital Mutilation"
    Professor: Michelle Brown
  • Third Place - Maria A. Partearroyo: "Universal Health Care, a Right to Pursue"
    Professor: Bindu Nayar

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