About the Award
The Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research is selected annually by the Dwight Marvin Library faculty. The award recognizes a student’s outstanding accomplishment in library-based research. Dr. Bulmer established the award in 1989 when he was president of the college. The award is presented from a fund managed by the college’s Foundation for the specific purpose of recognizing library research excellence. The recipient is recognized at Student Honors Convocation, in the commencement program, a perpetual plaque in the Marvin Library Learning Commons, and receives a monetary award.
A student must be nominated by the faculty member for whom the research assignment was completed or may self nominate. The work nominated must have received a grade of A.
Award selection criteria:
- Extensive bibliography with minimum of five sources and various formats
- Evidence of initiative, persistence, and ingenuity in identifying sources
- Evidence of critical thinking in evaluating sources for credibility and appropriateness
- Correct citation format
- Free of plagiarism (papers may be reviewed using turnitin.com or similar software)
For more information, please contact Valerie Waldin or visit the Research Guides page of resources.
The recipient of the 2015-2016 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research is Sydney Phillips for her research paper "Juror Exclusion," submitted by Dr. Ann Geisendorfer in fulfillment of the requirements for Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar.
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Edwards for "The Amazing World of Play" submitted by Eileen Mahoney in fulfillment of the requirements for Techniques of Teaching Through Play, and Rebecca Inglis for "Automation: The Debate of Innovation" submitted by Anne Dearing in fulfillment of the requirements for English Composition II.
Matt Sterlina was selected as the 2014-2015 recipient of the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research for his outstanding paper on scientist Lord William Thomson Kelvin in fulfillment of the requirements for Chemistry I during the fall 2014 semester. Matt was nominated by Assistant Professor Danica Nowosielski, Ph.D. of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.
The recipients of the 2013-2014 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Excellence in Library Research were Katie M. Burns for her English Composition II paper "Postsecondary Correctional Education: Reducing Recidivism Through Educational Empowerment" submitted by Associate Professor Anne Dearing; and Melissa Stark for her English Composition I paper, "What Causes Led to the Uprising in Syria?" submitted by Associate Professor Sushmita Chatterji.
The recipient of the 2012-2013 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Excellence in Library Research was Erin Sawyer for her paper "Stuck in the Middle: Middle Class Voting Behavior and its Determining Factors" submitted by Associate Professor Sushmita Chatterji of the English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Department.
The recipient of the 2011-2012 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Excellence in Library Research was Seth Robinson for his paper, "Jacques Alexandre Cesar Charles." He was nominated by Assistant Professor Danica Nowosielski, Ph.D. of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.