Oregon State University Libraries and Press Establishes Endowment for the Library Undergraduate Research Award

A generous estate gift has enabled OSU Libraries and Press to endow the Library Undergraduate Research Award. “Oregon 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, rhonda.hankins@oregonstate.edu

Posted - May 07, 2014