Research Papers Win RCC Awards – Spring 2020

Rappahannock Community College’s Library Coordinator, Dan Ream, has announced the winners of the College’s Spring 2020 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 each semester. All entries were evaluated with students’ and teachers’ names removed before review by the judges.

caela gilsinan

Caela Gilsinan

Out of 22 papers submitted, the first prize went to “Can Oyster Aquaculture Provide High Quality Habitat in the Chesapeake Bay?” by Caela Gilsinan of Gloucester, who will receive a first prize award of $200. This paper was written for Professor Sara Beam’s Marine Science 102 class in the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School. In addition to Ms. Gilsinan’s $200 award, Professor Beam will receive a $50 honorarium.

Annabelle Brame of New Kent, earned second prize for her paper, “The Sustainability and Environmental Impact of the Fashion Industry,” written for Professor Sara Beam’s Marine Science 102 class in the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School. Ms. Brame’s award will be $100, and Professor Beam will receive an additional $50 honorarium.

Both papers are published at  https://www.rappahannock.edu/library/research-paper-award/ 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/.

annabelle brame

Annabell Brame

All papers submitted were judged by a panel consisting of three faculty and administrators 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 are funded through the RCC Educational Foundation, Inc.

 

RCC Student Research Paper Awards, Spring 2020

First Place winner, Caela Gilsinan of Gloucester for

 “Can Oyster Aquaculture Provide High Quality Habitat in the Chesapeake Bay?”

 

RCC Student Research Paper Awards, Spring 2020

Second Place winner, Annabelle Brame of New Kent for

“The Sustainability and Environmental Impact of the Fashion Industry”