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Gemstone teams receive annual library award

Posted: Oct 15, 2020

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This year’s University Library Award for Outstanding Gemstone Team top prize went to team REACH, a group of honors students researching the psychological and cognitive factors that influence motor learning and the human-machine interface.

The annual award, created collaboratively by University Libraries and the Honors College, emphasizes the importance of solid research methods and high-quality sourcing in student research. Selected Gemstone teams demonstrate excellence finding, evaluating and integrating scholarly research in their project proposals. All selected teams receive cash prizes along with their awards.

In first place, students on team REACH received $2,000 to continue advancing their research. Teams BRAIN and GECKO came in second place, winning $1,000 each. Students on team BRAIN are researching the link between blood biomarkers and cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s patients, while team GECKO studies 3D printing materials that would allow them to create flexible materials that respond to stimuli.

Teams BRAIN and REACH are supported by Life Sciences Librarian Jodi Coalter, and team GECKO is supported by Engineer Librarian Sarah Over and Coordinator of Maker Technologies Preston Tobery.

The Gemstone honors program is a multi-disciplinary four-year research initiative for undergraduate honors students of all majors. University Libraries and Gemstone join forces to craft a unique research experience for participants — librarians work closely with students for the duration of their research.

“The libraries is at the core of what makes incredible programs like Gemstone happen,” said Peter Mallios, Executive Director of the Honors College, during the Oct. 5 virtual awards ceremony.

Learn more about each team and their research here