Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Awards

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Congratulations to the 2020 winners of the Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Awards!

Francesca Burkett (Undergraduate Student Award - Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Sciences) - “His hands and feet: Lewis Tappan and the AMA”

Cydney Goodrum (Undergraduate Student Award in Sciences, Engineering, or Applied Technologies) - “How we hear through the functions of the outer, middle, inner ear, and central auditory pathway”

Brian Mccarty (Graduate Student Award) – “Finding oneself in print: Robinson Crusoe, metonymy, and the ideologically constructed self”

About the Scholarships

The Library has established the following polices and procedures for the establishment of the Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Awards based on funds from the estate of Ms. Anita Crites Crawford.

Three scholarships will be given each year, two to undergraduate students and one to a graduate student, as follows:

  • $1,500 to a sophomore or junior at SIUC in the Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Sciences disciplines.
  • $1,500 to a sophomore or junior at SIUC in the Sciences, Engineering, or Applied Technologies disciplines.
  • $2,000 to a graduate student at SIUC in any discipline.

The awards will be given for papers or other creative work that is based on creative and exceptional use of library resources (more specific criteria is provided below).

 

Process Outline

  • Applications will be available again in spring 2021.
  • In addition to the submission of the paper or project, the application must include a letter of support from a faculty member and the completion of the application form above. All application materials should be emailed to houghscholarship@lib.siu.edu. For more information or if you have questions, email Jennifer Horton at jhorton@lib.siu.edu.

Eligibility

  • Individuals must be currently enrolled students in good standing at SIU Carbondale at the class rank of sophomore or junior and who intend on completing their degree at SIUC. The scholarships will be granted for credit against tuition and fees for the following semester after the award.
  • For the undergraduate awards, the project or paper submitted for the award must have been completed for an upper division (300 or 400) level credit course sometime during the preceding two semesters.
  • For the graduate awards, projects or papers may be for any graduate class other than the final thesis or dissertation. (However, it is possible the topic of the paper or assignment might later result in the theme of the final thesis as developed and pursued by the student.)

Evaluation Criteria

The Evaluation/Award Committee will make awards that demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • A broad array of information resources, which may include print, web, online journal articles and primary sources.
  • Information resources appropriate to the scope and theme of the project.
  • Creative and/or scholarly application of the information discovered.
  • Information sources that effectively support an original argument or make a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge about a subject.
  • Responsible use of information by providing appropriate and accurate citations and credits.
  • Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a habit of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.
  • Special consideration will be given to projects that show use of original, primary source material in the Library Special Collections or Archives.

It is understood that winning papers may not exhibit all criteria but the Evaluation Committee will weigh these criteria and balance them in the judgment of a final award which best exhibits these characteristics.

To receive the award, winners must agree to submit an electronic copy of their work to the Library’s Institutional Repository for discovery by the scholarly and academic community world-wide.

 

Past Winners

2019

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Awards!

Julia Cicero (Undergraduate Student Award - Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Sciences) - “'Go Set a Mockingbird’ – What Lee’s Novels Teach Us About Race”

Ethan Dittmer (Undergraduate Student Award in Sciences, Engineering, or Applied Technologies) - “Evaluating Hunter Surveys at Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir in Southern Illinois”

Ryan Crawford (Graduate Student Award) - “A Neurocognitive Writing Model: Recursion, Plasticity, and the Reconstruction of Memory”

2018

Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Awards

Darrin Reinhardt (Undergraduate Student Award - Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Sciences) - “Finding your family in the Civil War: Identity formation in Southern Illinois”

Elyse Hickey (Undergraduate Student Award in Sciences, Engineering, or Applied Technologies) - “How zoological studies and semiotic analysis can form a symbiotic relationship via firefly flash pattern in relation to cognitive abilities”

Ethan Stephenson (Graduate Student Award) - “Convenient death and imperial implications in R.L. Stevenson’s ‘The Suicide Club’”

2017

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Awards

Vineeth Kanteti (Undergraduate Award - Sciences, Engineering, or Applied Technologies) - “Preparation of High Strength Concrete using Meta-kaolin and Investigating its Freeze-Thaw Resistance”

Bryan Jenks (Undergraduate Award - Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences) - “The SNFC in the Civil Rights Movement in Carbondale, Illinois”

Samaneh Jafari (Graduate Student Award) - “Teaching with Primary Sources”

2016

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of the Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Awards

Mary Sophia Hall (Undergraduate Award - Sciences, Engineering, or Applied Technologies) - “Solar-Powered Water Purification System with Energy Storage”

Naomi Tolbert (Undergraduate Award - Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences) - “Unequal Access:  Factors Contributing to the Disproportional Respresentation of Marginalized Groups within Study Abroad Programs”

Liana Kirillova (Gradate Student Award) - “When Affirmative Action is White:  Italian Americans in the City University of New York, 1976-Present”

 

About Emma Smith Hough

Emma Smith Hough began teaching at Murphysboro Township High School in 1928 as an English teacher. She later taught business classes and became the school librarian. She received a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and an M.S. from SIU. She retired from the Murphysboro school district in 1963 and then took over as head librarian at the Sallie Logan Public Library in Murphysboro.