Celebrating Our Student Researchers and the “Things” They Create

I’ve never made homemade biscuits before and might never do it again. Finding myself juggling a different kind of schedule and grocery resources, I took the opportunity to make these for the first time without depending on the ease of the omnipresent Pillsbury splat can. I don’t remember now how many recipes I looked at to try to get what I wanted out of the process. This recipe required ingredients unavailable to me and that recipe depended upon a certain kind of pan. Some sites just loaded and loaded and I never could find the recipe on the page. Finally, I found something that would work and the results weren’t bad! Tip: freeze the butter.

Like me, some of you might have spent time in recent weeks indulging in new or unexpected activities. Maybe you conducted research for a new academic project or used the library’s Mango resource to improve your foreign language skills. I’m sure more than a few of us have looked at DIY guidelines for creating face masks or lost two days and learned a new computer program to replicate the latest Tik Tok meme. I feel fairly confident that almost all of us have spent considerable time in recent weeks finding, evaluating, and using information to create something new or unexpected.

This makes it an ideal time to highlight some of the best work from our Trinity student researchers and creators. Since 2018, the Coates Library Research Thing Prize has been geared to not only recognize the research methods and efforts of our students, but also their creative talents by encouraging submissions ranging from traditional research papers and poster presentations to artworks, literature reviews, short stories, and websites. As we say in our call for submissions, we all are doing research every day and the products of that work may not always result in twelve pages of double-spaced text.

From a record-breaking number of entries–almost double the record set during our 2018 submission process–we are making available a selection of papers that received special awards. At the end of each submission, available from the library’s Digital Commons by clicking on the links in this showcase gallery, you can read about the creator’s process in collecting and using information resources to complete the work.

Showcase for the 2019 Research Thing

Research Thing Showcase

A special congratulations to our three cash prize winners:
Caroline Crain
Isaak Loewen
Peyton Tvrdy

All of this year’s submissions serve as a thrilling testament to the rigor, inventiveness, and tenacity of our Trinity students and their work. We can’t wait to see what you will submit to us next year.

-Benjamin Harris
Professor & Head of Instruction Services