Rappahannock Community College’s library coordinator, Dan Ream, is pleased to announce the winners of the college’s Spring Semester, 2018 RCC Student Research Paper Awards. The purpose of this competition is to recognize excellent writing and research in student papers counting toward RCC credit courses during the Spring 2018 semester. All entries were carefully reviewed by a panel of two judges — Ream and Dean of College Advancement Sarah Pope.
Out of 18 papers submitted for consideration, the first prize went to “Nitrogen Contamination of Groundwater in Proximity to a Closed Landfill and Active Agricultural Fields” by Brooke Daniel of Saluda. Daniel attends Middlesex High School. This paper was written for Professor Sara Beam’s Chesapeake Bay Governors’ School MAR 102 class, which is also an RCC credit course. In addition to Daniel’s $200 award, Professor Beam will receive a $50 honorarium.
Reilly Price of Hartfield earned second prize for “Developing a Method for Fluorescent Antibody Tagging for Identification of Female Cells in Mixed Forensic Samples” which was also written for Professor Beam’s MAR 102 class. Price attends Mathews High School. Ms. Price’s award will be $100, and Professor Beam will receive $50. Both Daniel’s and Price’s papers will soon be published at the RCC Library website, as well as in an online collection of the Virginia Community College System’s best statewide student writing at http://commons.vccs.edu/student_writing/ .
All submissions were judged according to the quality of library and Internet sources cited (including journal articles, books, or web resources), as well as the overall quality of writing and presentation. The cash awards were funded through the RCC Educational Foundation, Inc.