WKU Students Receive Undergraduate Library Research Awards


Bowling Green, Kentucky – Western Kentucky University students Polly Cowan and Chelsea Pitts both from Russellville, Kentucky, and Steven Fioretti from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, received an undergraduate research award at a recognition ceremony in Helm Library on Friday, December 7. 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.

“The quality of the library skills projects this semester was outstanding,” said Sara McCaslin, University Experience Coordinator. “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.”

Cowan, a first-year student from the University Experience class on the main campus, received the award for best annotated bibliography in the non-major category. Pitts, a first-year student from the University Experience class at South Campus, was recognized for the best career essay. First year student Steven Fioretti, double majoring in history and music, received the award for his annotated bibliography titled “The Legal Career of Abraham Lincoln.”

“I am so honored to be accepting this award,” said Fioretti. “It has built up my confidence as a writer, researcher, and critical thinker.”

Students received a $100 cash award along with a plaque honoring their achievements. The winning documents, along with past recipients, are posted on TopSCHOLAR–WKU’s research and creative activity database–at http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ueul_award/. For more information, contact Tammera Race, chair of the Research Award Committee, at 270-745-6154.

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