The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University honored six students as winners of the 2014 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.

The graduate student award recipients were Jenna Carlson of Oak Park, Minn., for her paper, “Comparison of Weight-Loss Programs,” and Marissa Sutera of Oak Lawn for her paper, “Fostering Intercultural Competencies through Global Awareness and Immersion.”

Undergraduate student award recipients were: Lauren Hunt of Bloomington for her paper, “Examining the Historical Representation of Native Americans within Children’s Literature”; Heather Lamb of Morris for her paper, “Altered Recurrence in ‘To the Lighthouse’”; and Erin Smith of Oswego for her artwork, “Pop Pop Perry.” Kadija Robinson-Stallings of Chicago received an honorable mention for her artwork, “In Living Color.”

Paper submissions are featured below. Artwork is included on the Photo gallery page.

The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The program encourages students to enhance their studies by utilizing the wealth of information available at Booth Library and other research venues.

All entries were original works completed by Eastern students within the last 12 months. The award recipients were selected on the basis of excellence, creativity and the use of research resources.


Submissions from 2014


Of the Most Common Weight-loss Programs, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, and Medifast, which is the most effective?, Jenna Carlson


Examining the Historical Representation of Native Americans within Children’s Literature, Lauren Hunt


Altered Recurrence in To The Lighthouse, Heather Lamb

In Living Color, Kadija Robinson-Stallings

Pop Pop Perry, Erin Smith


Fostering Intercultural Competencies Through Global Awareness and Immersion, Marissa A. Sutera