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Winners of the Fourth Annual Outstanding Research Paper Competition

by Jeff Zachwieja on 2023-03-29T17:00:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

The OCC Libraries are proud to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Outstanding Research Paper Competition!

We received many great entries (42 to be exact), and according to the final round judges, the quality of the papers submitted this year was exceptionally high.  The papers below were judged truly outstanding!

1st Place ($250):
“Searching for the Oak Grove: A Brief Exploration of the Incarnations of Druids from the Iron Age to Modern Day”
Author: Elizabeth Bock 
Instructor and Course: Tara Hendin, HL Campus Composition II ENG 1520, Fall 2022        

2nd Place ($150):
“Mushrooms for Medicine”
Author: Therese Yarbrough 
Instructor and Course: Theodore Bolak, Composition II ENG 1520, Fall 2022

Honorable Mention ($50):

Auburn Hills
“Representation of the Deaf Community in Healthcare Jobs”
Author: Della Hall       
Instructor and Course: Cindy Mooty, Composition II ENG 1520, Fall 2022

Highland Lakes
“The Effects pf Plastic Pollution in the Ocean”
Author: Adriane Watson
Instructor and Course: James Anderson, Composition II ENG 1520, Fall 2022

Orchard Ridge
“Book Censorship in U.S. Public Schools”
Author: Lauryn Thomas  
Instructor and Course: Camille Ziolek, Composition I ENG 1510, Fall 2022      

Royal Oak           
“The North American Prison Systems Rehabilitation”   
Author: Caitlyn Stock
Instructor and Course: Kimberly Caswell, Composition II, Winter 2022

 Unfortunately, none of the papers submitted from the SF Campus met the minimum qualifications of the competition.

 More Exciting News: Thanks to generous funding from the OCC Foundation we will be holding the Outstanding Research Paper Competition again next year.  Eligible papers for the fifth annual competition will have been written for an OCC Course in these semesters: winter 2023, summer 2023, and fall 2023. If you are taking a course that requires a research paper, check the library website in the fall for details about next year’s competition.

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