University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research

2007 - 2008 Award Winners

We are pleased to present the recipients of the first annual University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research. Submissions to the competition included projects from courses in archaeology, English, history, journalism, psychology, and public health. Entrants ranged from sophomores to senior Magellan Scholars.

  Corinne D’Ippolito
First Place

Wilderness Perceptions and Feral Hog Management in Congaree National Park

D’Ippolito, a senior marine science major with a history minor, submitted her project for HIST 497Q, Senior Seminar in Local Environmental History. D’Ippolito addressed the dilemma faced by the park’s management in dealing with its feral hog population. In order to do this, D’Ippolito researched the histories of wilderness perception in the United States, ecology, the National Park Service, the Wilderness Act, Congaree National Park, and feral hogs. Her research made use of books and articles from Thomas Cooper Library, the Library Annex, and materials from other institutions received through PASCAL Delivers and Interlibrary Loan. In addition, primary source material from the South Caroliniana Library and the Government Information Department were crucial to her project.

In her application essay, D’Ippolito reflected on the value of her research experience, noting that it "emphasized to me the importance of reading widely from a variety of resources housed in a variety of places."

Dr. Thomas Lekan, the sponsoring faculty member, described the project as "an admirable piece of undergraduate scholarship that utilizes an unusually diverse array of sources in history, ecology, and law to create a compelling argument about our need for 'wilderness' and how this shapes concrete land use management strategies."

Jennifer H. Brackett
Second Place

The Work Is All The Author’s:
Changes to Hemingway’s Garden of Eden

Jennifer H. Brackett’s senior honors thesis compared the typescript of Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden in Thomas Cooper Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections to the manuscript in the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Brackett, an English major, discovered an excised passage in the typescript. In her application essay, Brackett said it was at that point "I knew that I had to read the manuscript; clearly Jenks’ editing process had been detrimental because character’s attitudes, and therefore Hemingway’s thematic structure of the novel, were clearly altered. . . My focus became the material that Jenks kept." Brackett considered another finding in her application essay. "I learned from this experience that it is very important to approach research without preconceived notions, and let it speak for itself."

Dr. Mark Sibley-Jones was Brackett’s advisor for SCCC 499/501. Dr. Matthew Bruccoli wrote the letter of support for Brackett’s application. Dr. Bruccoli wrote of Brackett’s work that it, "has provided a necessary correction for the evaluation of Hemingway’s posthumously published work, as well as a warning about the potential unreliability of all commercially edited texts of posthumously published materials."

  Alan Clamp
Third Place

Pure Science and Practical Science in the Nineteenth Century

Clamp, a senior, utilized his background as a double major in history and physics to complete his senior thesis for HIST 499. Clamp read the weekly (or at times bi-weekly) Scientific American, in either microform or print copy, from the first issue of August 28, 1845 until the end of the 19th century. In doing so, Clamp’s goal "was to observe changes in American attitudes towards pure science and practical science during the nineteenth century, and learn how an ideal of pure science developed during the period. Scientific American proved to be an excellent source to explore this question as the publication’s editors were quite opinionated on the matter."

Dr. Ann Johnson recommended Clamp for the award. Dr. Johnson commented on Clamp’s accomplishments, "by focusing on a particular publication he was able to determine the dynamic changes in the character of American science and what SA’s editors and audience considered newsworthy. . . American science was directed toward a pre-professional, general scientific community and the scope of coverage and subscription base of Scientific American is evidence for the democratic character of that science."

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