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Jessica Vaught (pictured with Betina Gardner, Dean of EKU Libraries), a senior from Brown County, Ohio, received the first-place Library Research Award for Undergraduates prize of $800 on April 13, 2018 at the University's Scholars Assembly. Vaught, who is double majoring in Spanish teaching and secondary English teaching, submitted her Honors thesis, “Chica Traducida: Subalternity and Cultural Erasure in the Translation of The House on Mango Street,” which covers the book The House on Mango Street as well as Chicana, post-colonial, and subaltern studies. She completed her research by the utilizing EKU Libraries’ resources and services such as Library Express and textbooks on loan, as well as those provided by her mentors, Dr. Lisa Day and Dr. Socorro Zaragoza.
Justice Cundiff, a forensic psychology major from Casey County, Kentucky, received the second-place prize of $500. Her research, “Shakespeare and Psychology: Emotional Intelligence and Machiavellianism in King Lear and Othello,” studies emotional intelligence and Machiavellianism in two Shakespearean tragedies with an emphasis on how the factors could have impacted the plots of the plays. From her data, she concluded that the antagonists of the plays were rated higher in both traits, and that may have contributed to their relative success.
Meg Carter, a General Dietetics major from Richmond, Kentucky, received the third-place prize of $300 for her research, “Beyond No Fracking: An Anthropological Study of Individuals Pursuing Sustainable Lifestyles in Eastern Kentucky.” She utilized her own primary research as well as secondary research found in EKU Libraries' online databases and via Library Express. Her primary research consisted of oral histories she conducted with individuals in Eastern Kentucky who were homesteading or living off-the-grid. She used what she learned in the oral histories to guide her secondary research, which eventually turned into an interdisciplinary study of the philosophical and ecological reasons people homestead.