Research papers earn awards for two RCC students

RCC Students Ethan Harrison and Sarah Wagner, Professor Timothy Knappenberger.

Left: Ethan Harrison of West Point earned first prize in RCC’s Student Research Paper competition for Fall 2016. Right: Sarah Wagner of King George County earned second prize in RCC’s Student Research Paper competition for Fall 2016. At right is Professor Timothy Knappenberger, for whose class Wagner wrote the paper.

Rappahannock Community College’s library coordinator, Dan Ream, is pleased to announce the winners of the college’s Student Research Paper Awards for Fall 2016.

The purpose of this competition is to recognize excellent writing and research in student papers counting toward RCC credit courses during the Fall 2016 semester. All entries were carefully reviewed by a panel of three judges: Ream; RCC’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther; and the dean of college advancement, Sarah Pope.

Out of 23 papers submitted for consideration, the first prize went to “Modeling Syrian Internally Displaced Person Movements: A Case Study of Conflict, Travel Accessibility, and Resource Availability,” by Ethan Harrison of West Point. This paper was written for Professor Matt Brent as an independent study project. In addition to Harrison’s $200 award, Professor Brent will receive a $50 honorarium.

Sarah Wagner of King George County earned second prize for “A Consideration of Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States,” which she wrote for Professor Timothy Knappenberger’s Physical Geology class at RCC. Wagner’s award will be $100, and Professor Knappenberger will receive a $50 honorarium. Both papers are posted at the RCC Library page on the college website.

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. This competition was organized for the first time in Spring 2015, and has continued each Fall and Spring semester since then.