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Student Research Recognized

Published: March 13, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University students Betty Craipo, a pre-law major from Spokane, Wash., and Nambi Gamet, an anthropology major from Everett, Wash., have been honored as this year's Library Award recipients. Each was presented with a $250 check by Suzanne Milton, dean of Libraries, and the library will cover their travel expenses to attend the 2014 NCUR Conference April 2-5, in Lexington, Ky. EWU is hosting this prestigious national NCUR conference in April of 2015.

The NCUR Library Award recognizes and encourages student research and creative projects that incorporate library resources. "I would have been surprised if I had not won the award," Craipo explains. "I used every single resource the library has to offer and my project reflected that breadth of opportunity. I did come away from this particular project with a new technique, which I will repeat throughout my life. This may sound too old-school, but the unfettered hours with just the whiteboard in the Learning Commons were invaluable, making my work significant enough for NCUR."

At the NCUR conference, Craipo will present her paper, "Consequential Interventions for the Casualties of Neoliberal Globalization." She is mentored by Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, PhD, professor, government/international affairs in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work. Craipo hopes to become an attorney and play a role in restructuring our political system.

Gamet will be presenting his paper, "The Effects of Intentional Cranial Deformation on Closure of the Sphenoid Fontanelle." Gamet's mentor is Sarah Keller, PhD, professor of anthropology in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work. Gamet, a senior at EWU, hopes to enroll in graduate school with the goal of being a professor, perhaps in bio-archeology.

Gamet was excited to learn he was chosen for the NCUR Library Award. "At first I thought the award was for $250 but when I discovered it was also for my flight so that I could attend, and then I received the award, I was really excited," stated Gamet. "The library resources were huge in my research. I wouldn't have been able to go through the steps I needed for the project without access to journals, both online and in the library. I discovered a vast amount of sources on cranial deformation, some even providing photographs, and further references to other sources. I learned that the research process is long but rewarding. The library and its resources and services assisted me every step of the way."

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.

Dean Suzanne Milton stated, "The library is a strong advocate of intellectual inquiry. It is a pleasure to be able to provide some additional support for students who have been recognized for their commitment to research and learning. Knowing that the library resources and environment played an important supportive role is the best reward for the EWU Libraries."

Nambi Gamet, Dean of Libraries Suzanne Milton, Betty Craipo

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