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Mary Ann Bolton Undergraduate Research Award Recipients

Posted 05/07/2019




“You are one person but you can change the world with whom you mentor, or what you contribute to the world.”- Mary Ann Bolton

Thanks to a generous donation from UNI alumna Mary Ann Bolton, Rod Library has been able to award Undergraduate Research Awards to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary research, scholarship, and creative work of UNI’s undergraduate students.

The Mary Ann Bolton Undergraduate Research Award is given to students who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted for an undergraduate paper or project carried out under the guidance of a UNI faculty member or mentor. This is a monetary award with the donations of Mary Ann Bolton providing $1,000 to the first place winner, $750 to the second place winner, and $500 to two, third place winners.


This year's winners are:

First place

Taryn KroymannTaryn  Kroymann, Music Education Major “Learning and Literacy in Music: Activities for Integrating Children’s Literature into the Elementary General Music Curriculum”

[Brief Abstract]: “My thesis researched the connections between literacy and music. When those connections were found, we created 20 activities that integrate a children's book with a music lesson and took those lessons out into schools in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls School Districts. We found that students were very motivated and interested in these lessons, despite some challenges that Waterloo classrooms face that Cedar Falls classrooms do not (such as a higher number of English as a Second Language students in Waterloo schools).”

Faculty adviser: Dr. Michelle Swanson

Future Plans: “In the future, we plan to present our research, activities, and findings at the Iowa Music Educators Conference this November. Following that presentation, we would like to submit a summary of our research to a music education journal--likely Teaching Music. Besides those plans, I personally will be student teaching at Kittrell Elementary and West High in Waterloo during the fall semester. Following that, I will move back to my hometown of Cedar Rapids, and begin looking for a job in music education.”

Taryn used the library to help with her research: “The library was a huge resource for me! Accessing online databases such as JSTOR, Gale, EBSCO, Grove Music Online--and more--was the first step in my research and the library's website which made it possible for me. Physical copies of articles and books were also easily found, due to the library's vast collection of materials. Furthermore, the library owned nearly every children's book that I wanted to utilize in my activities. Besides books and articles, the library's Digital Media Hub was very helpful in supplying video recording equipment for me, so that I could record my activities when I gave them in area schools. I also received guidance from Angela Pratesi in the Fine Arts Collection in regard to copyright law, due to many of my activities reprinting a song from a published book. Even applications on university computers were helpful to me: I was able to create, edit, and format my activity pages using the University's licenses for professional Adobe products such as Acrobat, Photoshop, and Illustrator; I could create digital photos of music notation using the University's license to the music notation software, Sibelius. All in all, I would not have been able to complete this research project without the help of the library and its resources.”



Second place

Orion Risk, General Undergraduate Studies

Orion Risk“She’s Not Allowed to Do That: Performing Stigmatized Same-Sex Sexuality”

[Brief Abstract]: “The art of acting requires the authentic embodiment of another being; what happens in this process when a performance requires taking on a stigmatized sexuality? In summer 2018, an emerging theatre company in Cedar Falls, Iowa, produced Stop Kiss by Diana Son: a show that required its two female leads to embody same-sex sexuality. Guided by a scholarship from Judith Butler, Jill Dolan, and Jerzy Grotowski — and following principles of practice-as-research  — interviews and observation were used to explore and interpret how the actors in Stop Kiss experienced similarities and differences between their characters’ experiences and their own.  Findings led to further questions about what positions an actor to be strongly affected by their work, and the transformative power of publicly performing stigmatized sexualities in theatre spaces.”

Faculty adviser: Dr. Amy Osatinski, Assistant Professor of Theatre

Future plans: “I'll be pursuing a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison”

Orion sourced materials through interlibrary loan, located key texts in online databases through OneSearch, and had a research consultation with Fine and Performing Arts Librarian Angela Pratesi.



Third place

Nicole BishopNicole Bishop, Chemistry, Humanities Arts & Science Major

“Analysis of Bronze Disease Treatments By Scanning Electron Microscopy”

[Brief Abstract]: Bronze disease is a type of self-progressing corrosion of bronze. The damage that this corrosion can cause can destroy priceless artifacts. It is important that possible treatments are determined to save museum artifacts. Scanning electron microscopy can show the effects of treatments of bronze disease on a submicroscopic scale. This allows for a continuation of previous studies done on the treatment of sodium sesquicarbonate to see the effectiveness of the treatment on a molecular level.

Faculty adviser: Dr. Joshua Sebree

Future plans: “I will be attending The Ohio State University to begin working on my Ph.D. in Chemistry in the Fall. Dr. Sebree and I are also working on writing up the bronze disease project with Brian Pauley for publication.”

“The Library helped me with my research through their access to all of the museum curation and chemistry peer-reviewed articles that I accessed while preparing my project proposal. Anne Marie was also incredibly helpful in helping me organize my literature review as well as organizing my proposal as a whole.”


Third place

Alec GliddenAlec Glidden, Biology, Humanities, Arts & Science Major

“Seed Mix Design and First-year Management Influences Ecological Outcomes in Prairie Reconstruction”

[Brief Abstract]: “Agricultural growth continues to diminish ecosystem services in the North American Corn Belt. To address these concerns, organizations, such as United States Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), have initiated targeted conservation practices (CPs) to address specific challenges (e.g., CP2 to establish native grasses on highly-erodible lands and CP42 to establish pollinator habitat); however, these programs may be able to achieve greater impact with limited resources by attempting to balance multiple ecological benefits. To better understand factors that influence multifunctionality, we examined the effects of seed mix design and first-year management (mowing) on ecological outcomes in a prairie reconstruction. Using experimental field trials, plots were established with three seed mixes, both with and without first-year mowing.”

Faculty adviser: Mark E. Sherrard

Future Plans: Alec will be graduating from UNI this fall.

Library: Alec did research in the library by researching methods and experiments of other places that worked with prairie grasses to see what worked best for them and what the best practices are for the highest amount of grass and forbs.


Congratulations to these recipients on their fantastic achievements in research. If you would like to view these students’ research projects, they are accessible through ScholarWorks. We are very excited about the future of this undergraduate award and encourage all interested students to apply in the next academic year. As Mary Ann Bolton says, “GGID, Geeks Get It Done”.


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