This past Wednesday on May 4th, the Leatherb
y Libraries hosted their annual Student Awards Ceremony, held in the Center for American War Letters Archives. Among its programming, the event featured the winners of the Kevin and Tam Ross Leatherby Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize, John and Margaret Class Student Book Collection Contest, as well as graduating and continuing Leatherby Libraries Student Employees.

Among its many students, the
Leatherby Libraries Student Employee of the Year
was awarded to Jeran Ulrich ’16, nominated by Library Development Coordinator, Essraa Nawar. Each of the student employees received a Certificate of Recognition, a thank you for all their hard work during the school year. Following this celebration, the undergraduate student winners received their prizes.

The Kevin and Tam Ross Leatherby Libraries 079Undergraduate Research Prize Award Winners

Established in 2008 to recognize the use of library resources in pursuit of excellent research by Chapman University undergraduate students. The award is open to all enrolled full-time Chapman University undergraduate students and offers cash prizes to the first, second and third place winners.


First PlaceCarolyn 2

Baylor Hogan
Senior, Kinesiology Major
Paper title: “The Effectiveness of Yoga Therapy on an Adult, Post-Stroke Population: A Systematic Review.”
Faculty mentor: Dr. Elizabeth DeBaets


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Second Place

Emma Plotnik
Senior, Music Major; Law, Justice, & Social Contract Minor
Paper title: “From a Chat in the Parlor to Viral Music Videos: An
Analysis of Music as a Social Occasion.”
Faculty mentor: Dr. Jessica Sternfeld



Third Place052

Krisitine Avena
Senior, History Major
Paper title: “‘The Good of the Country Rises Above the Party’: Roosevelt, La Guardia, and O’Connor and the Words Progress Administration in New York City During the Great Depression.”
Faculty mentor: Dr. Leland L. Estes



The John and Margaret Class Student Book Collection Contest103

Established by Margaret Class in memory of her husband, John, to inspire students to create their own personal libraries and book collections and to take joy in the printed book. The contest is open to all enrolled full-time Chapman University undergraduate and graduate students and offers cash prizes to the winners.


First Place102

Lauren Cruz
Graduate Student, MA in War and Society Literature Collection
Lauren is a graduate assistant here at the library, assisting the Center for American War Letters as part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Lauren also just recently took first place in Phi Alpha Theta for her paper on the Lindstadt brothers whose correspondence we hold in the CAWL Archives.

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Murphy Studebaker
Freshman, Film Production Major
“Tattered Fiction”: Previously Owned Books collection




Third Place   

Manon Wogahn
Sophomore, Art History major
“Who Wore What When”: History of Costume and Fashion collection



Thank you for all who came out and made this evening a special event for our students!