April 2013Raynor Memorial Libraries announces the results of the 16th Maria Dittman Library Research Competition. The winners will be recognized in a reception on April 16th in Raynor room 301, as part of the Libraries' celebration of National Library Week.
• Freshman/Sophomore: Kayley Edgin for her paper, "Hwang Jini: An Examination of Lie as a Joseon Kisaeng" written for History 1501 with Dr. Michael Wert
• Junior/Senior: Michael Haen for his paper, "Deterring a Critical Catharsis: An Inquiry into the Rhetoric and Ethics of Punishment in Wieland; or the Transformation," written for English 4510 with Dr. Amy Blair
• Graduate/Professional: Stacy Stolzman for her paper, "The Influence of Cytokines on Obesity-Associated Pain," written for CTRH 6201 with Dr. Sheila Schindler-Ivens
The competition is launched each January and all Marquette students are invited to submit their A-grade papers from the previous calendar year. Competition guidelines and a list of past winners are maintained online. As past committee chair Mary Frenn said, "The competition gives library staff an opportunity to connect with a group of talented students who make the most of what the library offers. We know many winners have gone on to success in master's and doctoral programs."
Staff of the University Libraries conceived the competition in 1997 to honor retiring instruction librarian Maria Dittman, who taught research skills to thousands of students in her 25+ years at the university. The first awards were made in 1998, funded entirely by the Librarians' Assembly. When Maria Dittman passed away in 2005, her family designated the Dittman Competition for memorial gifts, ensuring a long future for the competition. A permanent plaque for the award was commissioned and hangs near the entrance to the bridge. An elected committee of librarians and support staff organize the annual competition and awards. This year's committee includes Valerie Beech, Kerry Olivetti, Phil Runkel, Nia Schudson and Elizabeth Wawrzyniak (chair).