On May 1, Falvey Memorial Library honored graduating seniors with the Falvey Scholars award. The award is given each year to distinguished Villanova seniors who have demonstrated outstanding undergraduate research in writing a senior thesis or completing a capstone project.
The 2009 Falvey Scholars, their mentors and research are as follows:
Sinéad Cloughley, English/Irish Studies (College of Arts and Sciences); Mentor: James Murphy, Ph.D.; Project: “A Study of Impact of the Irish Language on the Work of Four Modern Irish Writers: Yeats, Joyce, Ní Dhomhnaill and Friel”
Sara Fridinger, Biology (College of Arts and Sciences); Mentor: Louise Russo, Ph.D.; Project: “Bisphenol A: An Environmental Threat to Endocrine Function”
Martha Hughes, Economics and Statistics (School of Business); Mentor: Mary Kelly, Ph.D.; Project: “The United States and the European Union: How Differences in Monetary and Fiscal Policies Contribute to Differences in Economic Competitiveness Over Time”
Jennie Kotschneff (back, second left), with team members (front, l. to r.) Kristina Salcedo, Christine Matula, Patricia Abel, (back, l. to r.) Melissa Kay, Meghan Dwyer and Sarah Galvanek (College of Nursing); Mentor: Marcia Costello, Ph.D., R.D.; Project: “A Population Assessment of Chulucanas, Peru”
Mark Woods, Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering); Mentor: C. ‘Nat’ Nataraj, Ph.D.; Project: “Unmanned Sailboat Control”
The students presented their papers in Falvey’s first floor lounge and were supported by family, friends and faculty. Library director Joe Lucia served as emcee and introduced the winners and their mentors. After presenting their research and engaging in a lively question and answer session with the audience, the students received framed certificates recognizing their achievements.
The Falvey Scholars steering committee consists of Lucia, Darren Poley, Outreach librarian, Edwin L. Goff, Ph.D., associate dean, Honors Program, and Jane Morris, director, and Nora Pillard, assistant director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
“The Falvey Scholars award honors the work of undergraduate exceptional talent,” said Lucia. This year, the award selection was broadened to name a student from each of the five discipline areas: Arts, Business, Science, Nursing and Engineering.
The winners were highlighted in a window display outside the first floor lounge. Joanne Quinn, Events and Outreach team, designed the display and the event programs and certificates.
Photographs by Natalie Tomasco