The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University honored nine students as winners of the 2019 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity. The students were honored at a reception on April 17.

Graduate student award winners were:

  • -- first place, Obinna Ezeibekwe, an economics student from Nigeria, for “Stock Market Development and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Nigeria”
  • -- second place, Junnatun Naym an MBA student from Bangladesh, for “Impact of CEO Industry-Specific vs. General Managerial Experience on Firm Performance, Risk-Taking Behavior and CEO Compensation”
  • -- third place, Precious Allor, an economics student from Ghana, for “An Empirical Investigation into the Effect of Monetary Policy and Inflation on the Exchange Rate in Ghana”
  • -- honorable mention, Godwin Gyimah, a history student from Ghana, for “Revisiting the Women Factor in China’s Economy, 1918-1931 (Women in Cotton, Sex and Silk Industry).”

Undergraduate student awards were presented to:

  • -- first place, Scott Boersma, a history student from Belvidere, for “Tattooing Among American Sailors and Maritime Communities from 1860 to 1945”
  • -- second place, Rebecca Horan, a philosophy student from Bloomington, for “Public Health and Personal Choice: The Ethics of Vaccine Mandates and Parental Refusal in the United States”
  • -- third place (tie), Abigail Emmert, a music education student from St. Joseph, for “Rhapsody in Blue: An Icon of Jazz and American Culture”
  • -- third place (tie), Kathrine Gosnell, a history student from Mattoon, for “Southern Sympathies in Illinois as Expressed Through Nelson Versus the People”
  • -- honorable mention, Jeonghyun Kim, a graphic design student from South Korea, for “Wild.”
  • 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. A digital copy of award entries will become part of the Library’s institutional repository, The Keep, found at

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