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April 2014—Emily Butler and Angela Michel are the winners of Raynor Memorial Libraries' 17th Annual Maria Dittman Research Competition. Butler and Michel will both receive a $200 prize for their outstanding research papers.

Undergraduate Student Winner, Emily Butler
Emily Butler

Undergraduate catergory: Emily Butler

Paper title: "Racism in The Hole Book"
Course: English 4710, Studies in Genre—Children's Literature
Professor: Dr. Sarah Wadsworth

Graduate Student Winner, Emily Butler
Angela Michel

Graduate/Professional category: Angela Michel

Paper title: "Beautiful Disease: the story of Angelina Jolie's mastectomy in the American Press"
Course: Communication 6100, Qualitative Research Methods
Professor: Dr. Ana Garner

The Dittman Competition encourages Marquette students to submit A-grade research papers from the previous calendar year. Submissions are judged based on the thorough use of library resources, variety and appropriateness of resources used, and quality of the research process description. Competition guidelines and a list of past winners are maintained on the Libraries' website.

The competition was initiated in 1997 to honor retiring instruction librarian Maria Dittman. Dittman taught research skills to thousands of students during her 25 years at the university. The awards are funded by the Librarians' Assembly and a memorial gift designated by the Dittman family.

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, Elizabeth Gibes, and Elizabeth Wawrzyniak.

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