Information and Instructions for NVCC's Library Research Award and Scholarship for Future Library Workers,

Max R. Traurig Library Research Award for Students

The Max R. Traurig Library at Naugatuck Valley Community College supports student research, and the Library wants to honor the best! Each fall, NVCC students are invited to submit an original research paper or project with the following attributes:

  • The paper must be the student’s own work and must have been submitted for credit during the spring, summer, or fall semester of that calendar year.
  • All sources must be cited using a standard citation format (MLA, APA, AMA, or Chicago/Turabian).
  • Web resources cited must be of high quality (consider authorship, bias, currency, etc.).
  • An accompanying paragraph reflecting on what you learned about research strategies and how to apply library resources and tools while working on your paper.

Library staff may be consulted for research assistance. The two (2) winning papers or projects will be awarded $500 at the college’s Honors Night ceremony each May. The winning students permit NVCC to publish their paper on its website.

Evaluation Criteria

A successful application must include the following:

  • Your paper or project, converted to a Word document;
  • A copy of the assignment;
  • Your name, NVCC e-mail address, and phone number;
  • The title of your paper;
  • The NVCC course name and number this paper was written for;
  • The name of the professor who assigned and graded your paper;
  • A paragraph reflecting on what you learned about research strategies and how to apply library resources and tools while working on your paper.

Applications will be rated using this rubric.

Evaluation Committee

The Evaluation Committee is comprised of 4 members of the library staff and 5 faculty members. The 2022-23 members are:

  • Robyn-Jay Bage, Business
  • Andrea Glidden, Library
  • John Leonetti, Library
  • Ivelisse Maldonado, Library
  • Tom Leszczynski, Math
  • Sarah Perez, Human Services
  • Kevin Ramer, Math
  • Chris Rempfer, English
  • Jenna Stebbins, Library

Max R. Traurig Future Library Workers Scholarship

The Max R. Traurig Future Library Workers Scholarship: Established in 2022, the Max R. Traurig Future Library Worker Scholarship was created by the NVCC library staff to provide financial support to students from groups currently underrepresented in the library profession who plan to continue their education in the library field.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27th, 2023.


Scholarship Criteria: 

  • You are in good academic standing.
  • You have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 for all courses taken at NVCC.
  • You have demonstrated strong interest in and commitment to pursuing a career in libraries.
  • You will graduate from NVCC in the Spring 2023 semester.
  • You will be continuing your education by enrolling in a baccalaureate program in Fall 2023.
  • You identify as belonging to one or more of the following groups: American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • First generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Award Range:

Up to $1000

Write an essay of no more than 1,000 words describing what impact libraries have had on your life and why you would like to pursue a career in libraries.  

Application Deadline

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2023 Max R. Traurig Library Future Library Workers Scholarship are now being accepted. The scholarship deadline is Monday, February 27th, 2023. An email announcement about next year's award will go out in November.  Please check back to see this year’s winner!

About the 2021-22 Winner

The Library Research Award Evaluation Committee is pleased to announce that the winners of this year's awards are "Borderline Personality Disorder: Potential Causes, Current Treatments, & Prognosis" by Kassidy Schiavi, written for Professor Kim O'Donnell's Psychology 245 course and "Poststructuralism in the Post-Apocalypse: Analyzing the Unstable Relationship Between Context and Meaning in Station Eleven" by Nicole Andreson, written for Professor Ron Picard's English 222 course.

The Evaluation Committee has also decided to award an Honorable Mention to "Globalization, Fast Fashion, and Piracy of Designs" by Gretta Roche. This paper was written for Professor John Tenney's Geography 111 course.

Previous Winners


Winner: "Systemic Racism's Prevalence in The Piano Lesson" by Melanie Louis, for Professor Ron Picard's English 222 course.

Honorable Mention: "Yersinia Pestis and the Bubonic Plague" by Alyssa Naoumides, for Professor Peter Angelastro's Biology 235 course.


Winner: "The Reverse Revelation of Julia Alvarez’s How the García Girls Lost Their Accents” by Jason Hesse, for Professor Ron Picard’s English 222 course.

Honorable Mention: “Agoraphobia Information and Explanation” by Abigail Locke, for Professor Kim O'Donnell’s Psychology 245 course.


Winner: “Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Feminism, and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper” by Danielle Jacovino, for Professor Patti Pallis’ English 102 course.

Honorable Mention to “Gifted Education a Boon to General Classroom,” by Darrell Cookman, for Professor Sandra Valente’s Psychology 260 course.

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