The University Library named three winners in a newly created contest designed to test the research skills and creativity of its users.
A ceremony crowning the winners was held May 26.
The following students were honored:
- Best Use of Special Collections – Jeffrey Nelson
- Best Undergraduate Student Project – Malak Habbak
- Honorable Mention – Ian Joyce
Nelson, a senior majoring in geography, was recognized for his research project on historic downtown Pomona, specifically the Fox Theater.
Habbak, a senior communications student, won for her paper on social relevance and innovation in public radio, especially focused on NPR.
Honorable Mention went to Joyce, a senior majoring in chemistry, for his research paper analyzing the synthetic process used to manufacture a popular anticonvulsant drug.
Those interested in accessing the winners’ research and reflective essays may do so on Bronco Scholar.
The aim of the contest was to highlight the library and all of the ways it assists students, according to Katie Richardson, head of Special Collections and University Archives. More than a million patrons walked through the library doors last year, Richardson says.
Students who participated in the contest were tasked with creating a project based on research conducted using the University Library resources, collections, tools and services, both online and in print. Eligible students — undergraduates and graduates both — could use the library’s electronic databases, LibGuides, Special Collections and University Archives, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library or consult with a librarian in working on their projects.
A group of librarians and staff reviewed the entries and narrowed the candidates down. An external reviewer selected the winning entries, Richardson says.
The winner in each category received a $200 Bronco gift card. The Honorable Mention prize was a $50 Bronco gift card.
University Library Dean Ray Wang compared the research contest to the Golden Leaves Awards, which recognizes members of the Cal Poly Pomona campus community who have authored or edited a published book in the preceding year.
“The library has another award, the Golden Leaves,” he says. “That’s our Academy Awards. This award is our Golden Globes. I do hope this will become the beginning of a tradition and we’ll have our Golden Globes every year.”