Two Mohawk Valley Community College students were named recipients of the 27th annual Marjorie Thorpe Memorial Awards, recognizing excellence in research and writing.
Megan Hollister, a Liberal Arts, Mathematics and Science: Biology major from New Hartford, won for her research paper, “Cytauxzoonosis and Its Threat to Domestic Cats Today,” which she wrote for Instructor Erica Brindisi. Luke Janicki, a Business Management major from Old Forge, won for his paper “The Glass Menagerie: The Dance of Light in the Tunnel of Despair,” which he wrote for Professor Alina Mildred Treis. Both received a $200 prize.
The contest, sponsored by the MVCC Libraries, is an annual term paper contest that encourages students to submit a research paper they prepared for any course at the College over the past academic year and an essay that reflects on the process of conducting research and steps taken in gathering information. Marjorie Thorpe was a librarian at MVCC from 1962 until her retirement in 1968. In 1982, she was awarded the title Professor Emerita for her outstanding service to the College. She died in 1989 at the age of 91, leaving money to the College Libraries to be used for the annual term paper contest.
Twenty papers were submitted, then judged by five librarians from MVCC’s Utica and Rome Libraries. The papers were judged on the variety and quality of sources, accurate and appropriate use of references, and writing style.