About the Awards
Up to two awards, in the amount of $500 each, will be given annually to Oberlin College students for outstanding papers or projects, in any subject, that demonstrate excellent research using library resources. The four criteria considered are: creativity in the use of research tools, thoroughness in the research process, accuracy and attention to detail, and the use of a broad range of research tools.

Committee Members

  • Alison Ricker, Head, Science Library, Chair
  • Kathy Abromeit, Public Services Librarian, Conservatory Library
  • Shelley Lee, Professor of Comparative American Studies and History
  • Megan Mitchell, Academic Engagement & Digital Initiatives Coordinator/Team Leader, Reference and Instruction, Terrell Main Library
  • Ann Sherif, Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
  • Elizabeth Sullivan, Assessment and User Experience Librarian, Terrell Main Library
  • Nomination Process
    Nominations for the awards will be made by Oberlin College faculty. Any student project completed for academic credit, with the exception of honors projects, is eligible to be nominated. We cannot recognize projects for which students received remuneration.

    Nominees will be asked to submit to the Friends of the Libraries Research Awards Committee a copy of the final project (e.g. paper, digital project, website, etc.), a bibliography, and a short essay discussing the research processes and strategies used in completing the project. The Committee will select the winners, and may choose to split one of the prizes among multiple nominees.

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    Submissions from 2019

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    Lynching in Sandusky: An American Story (podcast), Emma Bredthauer, Claire Stevenson, and Bethany Gen

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    Essays on Oberlin History (series), Nathan Carpenter

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    Written in the Margins (exhibit), Katherine Maleckar

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    Austro-Marxism: Finding Socialism in Modernity, Jerry Shang

    Submissions from 2018

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    Research Games in Structural Biology, Nic Vigilante

    Submissions from 2017

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    Cats, Dogs, and Idle Fools: Education in Early America, Brooke Oertel

    Submissions from 2016

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    Music of the "Ringing Isle": The Culture of Bell-Ringing and Its Musical Evocations in England, c. 1660-1700, Nicholas Capozzoli

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    Eradicating the Logs, Brambles, and Boulders of Misunderstanding: Creating Social Change Through Oratory in Early America, Naomi Roswell

    Submissions from 2015

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    The Not-So-Anonymous Nutmegger, Jacob Baron

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    Intraspecific Signaling as an Adaptive Force in the Evolution of Blue-Green Eggs in Robins: A Review of Recent Work, Hazel Galloway

    Submissions from 2014

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    Firth, Hall, Pond & (their many) Co(mpanies), Rebecca Achtenberg

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    Gibreel's Inadvertent Consersations: "extending his internal repertory", Zachary (Zakk) Bluford

    Submissions from 2013

    Bone Throwing, Bible Toting, Alexandra (Alex) Howard

    Gay and Lesbian Literature of the 20th Century: Selections from the Gene Woodling Collection, Lauren Vandermortel and Alicia Gaber

    Submissions from 2012

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    Die Jüdische Toynbee-Halle in Wien: Leon Kellner’s Quasi-Colonialist Bildungsinstitution, 1900-1904, Anna Band

    Submissions from 2011

    Controversies in '-omics' Diagnostics Development, Benjamin Jakubowski

    Scorti-Libellus: Publication as Prostitution in Sulpician Elegy, Thomas Vozar

    Submissions from 2010

    Presentation in the Temple, Mara Spece

    Noting Images: Understanding the Illustrated Manuscripts of Mendelssohn's Schilflied and Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis, Daniel Walden

    Submissions from 2009

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    Where will it END? Or, A Guide to Extended Techniques for the Violoncello, Dylan Messina

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    A Review of the Life History and Ecology of the Eastern Newt (Notopthalmus viridescens), Stephen Williams

    Submissions from 2008

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    The Constitutional Significance of Presidential Signing Statements, Brian Holbrook

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    Light's Fellowship with Twilight: The Religious Thought of John Henry Barrows and the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions, Allison Takahashi

    Submissions from 2006

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    Untold, Savored, Gold: Poems, Claire Cheney

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    Understanding What We Cannot See: An Investigation of Research on Signals and Ultraviolet Plumage Reflectance, Peter Nowogrodzki

    Submissions from 2005

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    Avian Chimeras for Studying Craniofacial Development, Katherine Au

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    How to Swing a Mouse: Intersections of Female and Feline in Medieval Europe (Part I), Yi Hong Sim

    Submissions from 2004

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    The Pulverized Poetic: A Literary Exploration of Spices in Colonial America, Caitlin Cardina

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    Geographical Illustrations: The Popular Atlas and the Internationalization of Walt Whitman, Joel Heller

    Submissions from 2003

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    New Weapons in an Ancient War: Fighting Malaria with Recent Research on the Anopheles Vector and the Plasmodium Parasite, Shama Cash-Goldwasser

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    Watering with Words: Children and Nature in Puritan Educational Literature, Shoshana Friedman

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    The Unz Initiatives and the Dangers of Direct Democracy, Lauren Stensland

    Submissions from 2002

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    All Was Confusion: The Civil War in New Mexico Territory, Michael Block

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    Modestly Appropriating Conventions: Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley and the Literary Sphere of Early America, Marian Schlotterbeck

    Submissions from 2001

    Deconstructing Autism: A Sociological Perspective on a Puzzling DisorderDeconstructing Autism: A Sociological Perspective on a Puzzling Disorder, Elizabeth Weinstein