A generous estate gift
has enabled OSU Libraries and Press to endow the Library Undergraduate Research
State University Libraries and Press contributes to student success in many
ways,” said Faye A. Chadwell, Donald & Delpha Campbell University Librarian
and OSU Press Director. “Funding LURA in perpetuity demonstrates our strong
commitment to undergraduates at OSU.” The annual Library Undergraduate Research
Award (LURA) recognizes outstanding research, scholarship, and originality in
writing a paper or completing a project. The winning students receive a $1000
scholarship and present their research findings at a formal ceremony.
The endowment for the
awards was created from funds provided by the estate of Gilbert and Marie
Cleasby. Marie, a 1952 OSU graduate, majored in home economics and was a member
of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She also was a member of the college chorus
during her freshman year. She became a master gardener. Gilbert W. Cleasby,
M.D., was a well-respected ophthalmologist in the Bay Area.
The Cleasbys supported a
number of meaningful causes in San Francisco throughout their lives and so it
seemed fitting to honor their generous donation with a meaningful award for
undergraduates. LURA was created seven years ago as an initiative of the
Library Advisory Council. Previous winners have submitted papers on topics
ranging from the socio-religious implications of the hijab headscarf to the
impact of the grapevine leafroll virus on pinot noir fruit.
This year’s winners are
Brittany Backen, a history major; and Arlyn Y. Moreno Luna, a BioResource
Research major. Backen’s research paper is entitled “Coed Cheesecake”: The 1959
Wrestling Court and the Politics of the Marriage Market at Oregon State
College. Luna’s research paper is on the Effects of Xanthohumol on Biomarkers of Metabolic Syndrome in Obese
Rats. Previous winning papers are available online in ScholarsArchive@OSU,
the University’s institutional repository, at http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/4505.
On May 9, 2014 at 2:00
pm the LURA winners will be presented with their awards in a public ceremony in
the rotunda of The Valley Library. All are welcome to join us in celebrating
student scholarship by attending this special event.
For more information, contact: Rhonda Hankins, OSU Libraries and Press,
(541) 737-4633, firstname.lastname@example.org