Rebecca Crown Library Excellence in Research Awards

Design by Kelsey Keithly, class of 2017
Design by Kelsey Keithly, class of 2017

Apply for the first annual Rebecca Crown Library Excellence in Research Awards: http://research.dom.edu/researchawards.

The awards recognize excellence in scholarly or creative written papers or projects that demonstrate quality and in-depth use of Rebecca Crown Library resources and services.

All Dominican University undergraduate and master’s students enrolled in at least one class for the fall 2015 semester and/or the spring 2016 semester, including students who graduate in December 2015, are eligible.  Papers and projects submitted for consideration must have been completed for credit courses or Dominican-sponsored research programs (such as the Undergraduate Summer Scholar Program) during the summer 2015, fall 2015 or spring 2016 semester.

All applicants must write a short (up to 750 words) essay in which s/he demonstrates her/his originality, depth, breadth, and sophistication in the use of Library resources and services; ability to select, evaluate, synthesize, and utilize Library resources in the creation of a scholarly or creative written paper or project; and personal or professional growth through the acquisition of newfound knowledge.

Winners must agree to give the Library permission to publish winning papers and projects in Constellation, Dominican’s online repository of scholarship.  Access to projects that are part of ongoing scientific research intended for future publication will be restricted to you and the Constellation administrator.

Winners must also present a summary of their research at the Library Excellence in Research Awards ceremony on Monday April 18, 2016.  The time of the ceremony is TBD, but will likely be 5:00pm.

One undergraduate student and one master’s student will receive a first place award.  One undergraduate student and one master’s student will receive an honorable mention award.

First Place:
$250
Publication of research in Constellation
Recognition at the Library Excellence in Research Awards ceremony on April 18, 2016
Bookplate dedication in library book of student’s choice

Honorable Mention:
$50
Publication of research in Constellation
Recognition at the Library Excellence in Research Awards ceremony on April 18, 2016
Bookplate dedication in library book of student’s choice
Applications due April 11, 2016

Online application

Questions?  Email libraryawards@gmail.com.

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3D Printing @ DU

3D PrintingAs the new academic year starts at Dominican University, the Rebecca Crown Library has a new and exciting service for students, faculty, and staff to use. The library has purchased a FLASHFORGE Creator PRO Dual Extrusion printer which can print in blue, red and white plastic. The 3-D printer is capable of producing objects that can be used for multiple classroom applications, such as models for group projects, prototypes for design ideas and visual aids in presentations. Our printer, located in the Media Center, makes printing anything from a functional whistle to a miniature femur model a possibility.

For more information and to make an appointment, check out our 3-D Printing page.

$435,000 Grant Awarded To Dominican Neuroscience Professors

Bob and Irina Calin-Jageman, Professors in Neuroscience, recently received another prestigious grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to continue their research on memory.  This $435,000 grant will be used to study the process of forgetting in Aplysia californica, California sea slugs.  Read more about the specific research process and its implication on Campus News.

The Calin-Jagemans have several undergraduate students working with them in their lab each semester.  This NIH grant is designed for universities with strong undergraduate research programs, and brings recognition to these neuroscience students, and all Dominican students conducting research.

The results of this memory research have been published in five academic journal articles; the results of the new project on forgetting will also be published.  These articles are, and will be, open access, so no paid subscriptions to journals are needed.  The NIH, and several other federal agencies, publish articles that are results of their grants in PubMed Central and other freely accessible research databases.

In addition, you can access the articles, and see other research articles produced by Dominican faculty and students, in our open access repository of scholarship, Constellation.

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IREAD

The Rebecca Crown Library is displaying helpful apps for all students in various forms of college life.  Apps for help inside the classroom include Google Drive, Duolingo, and Canvas.  There are also useful apps for outside of the classroom which include GrubHub, Amazon Student Prime, and AllRecipes Dinner Spinner.  These apps are free in the App Store for Apple Devices and Google Play for Android Devices.  Some film and literature can be checked out as well. Pitch Perfect and The Great Debaters portray different examples of college life. My Roommate is Driving Me Crazy by Susan Fee and The College Fear Factor by Rebecca D. Cox are a few examples of books that provide information about surviving college life.