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3 WKU students receive undergraduate library research awards

WKU undergraduate students Elizabeth Hurm, Susannah Roy and Mahdi Alawami were honored in their University Experience classes for winning undergraduate research awards. WKU Libraries and WKU University Experience faculty offer the awards in an effort to recognize the important role of good undergraduate research in college academic success.

WKU students (from left) Elizabeth Hurm, Susannah Roy and Mahdi Alawami received undergraduate research awards. Sara McCaslin, University Experience Coordinator, is pictured with Hurm and Roy; Connie Foster, Dean of WKU Libraries, is pictured with Alawami.

WKU students (from left) Elizabeth Hurm, Susannah Roy and Mahdi Alawami received undergraduate research awards. Sara McCaslin, University Experience Coordinator, is pictured with Hurm and Roy; Connie Foster, Dean of WKU Libraries, is pictured with Alawami.

“Information literacy and library skills are essential for student success at any level, and I am happy to be a part of introducing the importance of college-level research skills to our first-year students,” said Sara McCaslin, University Experience Coordinator.

Hurm, a first-year student from Philpot, received the award for her annotated resource list based on Amy Cuddy’s TED talk titled “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.” Her instructor was Rebecca Smith.

Roy, a first-year student from Russell Springs, received the award for best annotated resource list based on Pardis Sabeti’s TED talk titled “How we’ll fight the next deadly virus.” Her instructor was Jeremy Jenkins.

Alawami, a senior from Qatif, Saudi Arabia, representing student essays of the South Campus University Experience class, was recognized for the best career essay on the topic of manufacturing and engineering. His instructor was Dr. Anne Heintzman.

Students received a monetary gift along with a plaque honoring their achievements. The winning documents, along with those of past recipients, are posted on TopSCHOLAR — WKU’s research and creative database — at digitalcommons.wku.edu/ueul_award/.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, jennifer.wilson@wku.edu

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