NCUR EWU Libraries Award Presented

Eastern Washington University students Michelle Keller, a biology major from Spokane, Wash., and Anthony Austin-Walker, a history and humanities major from Issaquah, Wash., have been honored as this year’s EWU Library Award recipients.

During a ceremony on March 8, 2013, they were each presented with a $250 check by Interim Dean of Libraries, Ted Otto, as well as travel expenses to attend the 2013 NCUR Conference April 11-13, in La Crosse, Wis.

The NCUR Library Award recognizes and encourages student research and creative projects that incorporate library resources. Interim Dean Ted Otto states, “The EWU Library is enthusiastic about supporting these outstanding young scholars. We trust that this experience will be the beginning of a long career in productive research.”

At the NCUR conference, Michelle Keller will present her paper, “The Effects of Root-Fungi Mutualism on the Development of Trichomes on Tomato Plants.” She was mentored by Robin O’Quinn, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Science Health and Engineering. Ms. Keller hopes to earn a PhD, teach, and conduct plant and mycological research.

Austin-Walker’s faculty research mentor for his paper, “Baptism, Divine Healing, and Demonic Expulsion in Pre-Nicene Christianity: A Defense for the Invocation of the Holy Name ‘Jesus’,” is Dr. Garrett Kenney, Associate Professor of English/Religious Studies. Austin-Walker, a senior at EWU, hopes to enroll in graduate school during fall of 2013 to pursue a doctorate in ancient Near Eastern studies.

Only EWU students selected to present at the NCUR conference are eligible to apply for the Library Award. The award recipients were selected by a panel of librarians who assessed overall merit of the applications based on incorporation of library resources into the research or creative project. This year’s panel included Learning Resources Librarian Nadean Meyer and Outreach and Inclusion Librarian Rayette Sterling.