Rappahannock Community College

RCC students honored with awards for their written research

Mary Skinner and Robert Brandel were awarded top prize in RCC's Student Research Paper Awards.

Mary Skinner and Robert Brandel were awarded top prize in RCC’s Student Research Paper Awards.

A twice-yearly contest sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Library Center honors students who have submitted exceptional research papers during the past semester. RCC librarian Dan Ream is pleased to announce the two winners of the Fall 2015 RCC Student Research Paper Awards.

The 38 submissions were evaluated not only on the caliber of library and Internet sources cited but also on the quality of the writing and presentation.

First place goes to Robert Brandel of Fredericksburg, for his paper titled “Ringer’s Lactate vs. Normal Saline in the pre-hospital protocols. Isotonic, hypertonic, hypotonic fluids, when, why, and where are they primarily used?”

Brandel wrote this paper for Professor Sergio Lareza’s Advanced Pharmacology class. He will receive a $200 award, and Professor Lareza will receive a $50 honorarium.

Mary Skinner of Gloucester, a student in Professor Leslie Norris’s Advanced Composition class, achieved second place for “The Way of Our Words.”

This essay summarizes creative writing from its beginnings around 3200 B.C. to the present, with special emphasis on William Shakespeare, John Griffin, and John Lennon. Skinner will receive $100, and Dr. Norris will receive $50. All awards are funded through the RCC Educational Foundation.

“Congratulations to both of our winners!” says Ream, and adds, “We will announce the Spring 2016 competition in the coming weeks.”