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Students Earn Library Awards

Published: March 01, 2012

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University students Anthony Austin-Walker (on left in picture), a history and humanities major from Issaquah, Wash., and Aaron Stroud, a biology major from Burlington, Wash., have been honored as this year's EWU Library Award recipients.

During a ceremony on Feb. 28, they were each presented a check by Dean of Libraries Richard Wilson, for $250 as well as travel expenses to attend the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Conference March 29-31 in Ogden, Utah.

The NCUR Library Award recognizes and encourages student research and creative projects that incorporate library resources. The awards were made possible by the generous donation of Ray and June Johnson of Seattle. The Johnsons "believe in enabling the dreams and goals of our future leaders" and the library will receive a matching grant from Boeing as part of the Johnson's philanthropy. The couple congratulates the recipients and encourages continued excellence in their achievements to date.

At the NCUR conference, Austin-Walker will present his paper "Slave Life Cycles: Comparing Slavery in Ancient Greece and Rome." His mentor on this project, Georgia Bonny Bazemore, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of History. Austin-Walker cited more than 30 works from the 1950s to the present as part of his historiography of slavery in ancient times. "I learned from this research project that there are endless amounts of sources existent that address nearly every subject in some manner," said Austin-Walker, a junior who hopes to enter graduate school to pursue a doctorate in ancient Near Eastern studies.

Aaron Stroud was mentored by EWU biology professor Allan Scholz, PhD, and relied heavily on library resources to research his paper, "The Use of Diagnostic Bones to Identify Bull Trout in Piscivore Stomachs." Stroud predicts, "Over the next few months, I see my relationship with JFK Library blossoming, as my research skills sharpen and my scientific education deepens." He hopes to start grad school next fall and finish his Master of Science in biology with an emphasis in fisheries management.

Only EWU students selected to present at the NCUR conference are eligible to apply for the Library Award. The award recipients were selected by a panel of librarians who assessed overall merit of the applications based on incorporation of library resources into the research or creative project. This year's panel included Library Instruction Coordinator Ielleen Miller and Outreach Librarian Rayette Sterling.

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