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Four UNLV Undergrads Receive University Libraries' Research Awards

By Michael Yunkin on May 28, 2015 9:03 AM | Permalink

 Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award - 2015
Calvert Awards annually recognize excellence in undergraduate research, with focus on students who incorporate the Libraries’ collections.

Innovative research is not just for faculty and grad students, as a group of UNLV undergraduates recently demonstrated.

The UNLV University Libraries honored four students this year with its Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award. The annual award is endowed by Lance and Elena Calvert and recognizes original research and sophisticated critical thinking skills across all disciplines. It encourages students to engage in the research process, seek mentorship, and develop skills that will serve them in their academic and professional careers.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see UNLV undergraduates creating groundbreaking research and to be able to recognize their efforts through the Calvert Award,” said Melissa Bowles-Terry, head of educational initiatives at UNLV University Libraries. “When you look at this caliber of work from self-selecting, highly motivated students here at UNLV, it’s obvious our university is incredibly successful at creating the environment in which the researchers of tomorrow can thrive.”

Winners received up to $1,000 in prize money, recognition at an award reception, and publication of their work in Digital Scholarship@UNLV.

The 2015 winners of the Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award in the senior-level Advanced Undergraduate Research Division are:

  • Katie Cannata for her honors thesis, “Jihad in the Global Village: Al-Qaeda’s Digital Radicalization and Recruitment Campaign.”
  • Lee M. Hanover for “New York Oneida: Land Claims, Federal Policies, State Intervention, and Casino Development.”
  • Bella Victoria Smith for “‘Man? Where’s a Man? Don’t Let Him Go!’: Molina’s Trans/gender Web in Interpretation and Performance.”

The 2015 winner in the Emerging Scholar category is:

  • Manuela Bowles, a UNLV junior, for “Margaret Atwood and the Implications of the Word ‘Love.’”


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