Information and Instructions for NVCC's Library Research Award,

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 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 2021-22 members are:

  • Robyn-Jay Bage, Business
  • Andrea Glidden, Library
  • Jaime Hammond, Library
  • John Leonetti, Library
  • Tom Leszczynski, Math
  • Nikki McGary, Sociology
  • Kevin Ramer, Math
  • Chris Rempfer, English
  • Jenna Stebbins, Library
Application Deadline

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2022 Max R. Traurig Library Research Award are now closed and winners have been selected. Check back in the fall for next year's application!

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

2020-21

The Library Research Award Evaluation Committee is pleased to announce that  "Systemic Racism's Prevalence in The Piano Lesson" by Melanie Louis has been selected as the winner of the Library Research Award. This paper was written for Professor Ron Picard's English 222 course.

The Evaluation Committee has also decided to award an Honorable Mention to "Yersinia Pestis and the Bubonic Plague" by Alyssa Naoumides. This paper was written for Professor Peter Angelastro's Biology 235 course.

2019-20

The Library Research Award Evaluation Committee is pleased to announce that "The Reverse Revelation of Julia Alvarez’s How the García Girls Lost Their Accents” by Jason Hesse has been selected as the winner of the Library Research Award. This paper was written for Professor Ron Picard’s English 222 course.

The Evaluation Committee has also decided to award an Honorable Mention to “Agoraphobia Information and Explanation” by Abigail Locke. This paper was written for Professor Kim O'Donnell’s Psychology 245 course.

2018-19

The Library Research Award Evaluation Committee is pleased to announce that “Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Feminism, and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper” by Danielle Jacovino has been selected as the winner of the Library Research Award. This paper was written for Professor Patti Pallis’ English 102 course.

The Evaluation Committee has also decided to award an Honorable Mention to “Gifted Education a Boon to General Classroom,” by Darrell Cookman. This paper was written for Professor Sandra Valente’s Psychology 260 course.

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