On October 12, the U-M Library celebrated the recipients of the 2012 MLibrary Undergraduate Research Award in a ceremony held in Bert’s Study Lounge in the Shapiro Library. The award, which is in its second year, highlights the extraordinary achievements of U-M undergraduates, and encourages them to pursue in-depth research projects that expand their academic experience.
At the ceremony, Laurie Alexander, Associate University Librarian for Learning and Teaching, said every project the award committee read exhibited diligence, intelligence, and originality. “We saw firsthand the creativity and determination that inspired their research.”
The first prize was awarded to A. Brad Schwartz for his history honors thesis, “The War of the Worlds Letters: Orson Welles, Fake News, and American Democracy in the Golden Age of Radio,” which Alexander said was thoroughly researched and reflected original work.
The remarkable video essay that Schwarz created to share his research experience (see below) describes his discovery within the U-M Library’s extensive Orson Welles archive of a trove of letters to Welles. Written in the immediate wake of the broadcast dramatization of War of the Worlds, the letters were an invaluable primary source in Schwarz’s reexamination of the public’s actual reactions to the radio drama.
For information and additional videos from the prize winners, including honorable mentions, visit lib.umich.edu/mlibrary-undergraduate-research-award-2011-2012-award-winners.
For more information about the award, including past winners, application process, and evaluation criteria, visit lib.umich.edu/shapiro-undergraduate-library/usra.