MRU Library Blog

Meet the 2020 Library Award Winners

 

We are pleased to announce the 2020 winners of the Library Awards for Research Excellence!

Each year, MRU Library recognizes students who produce outstanding scholarly projects such as essays/papers, film projects, poster presentations, web or technology-based projects, or creative works that demonstrate research skills and the effective use of information resources. Students submit their best work, along with a reflective essay for a chance to receive a cash award that acknowledges their academic achievements.

Bachelor of Arts ― Psychology (Honours) graduate Vanessa Boila took home the Senior Award for her project, The Mere Presence of a Cell Phone and Academic Ability. Her research targets cellphone presence (i.e., when a cellphone is visible, but not actively in use) to determine its effect on the demonstration of pre-existing comprehension, spelling, and mathematics skills.

The Group Award was presented to fourth-year information design students Amy Rintoul and Sara Czerwonka. The duo collaborated on a project named Navigating Calgary by Bike. Specifically, they focused on how to reduce barriers that prevent Calgarians from embracing cycling as a form of sustainable transportation.

Learn more about the 2020 winners and the awards in this MRU News article.

 


Excerpts provided by Rob Petrollini as published in the mru.ca article Library Awards for Research Excellence recipients announced.

We’re Here For You During Exams

Final exams start up this week, which means campus will be buzzing with students handing in final projects and studying for tests before they head into winter break. The Library is pleased to extend Library hours to midnight December 12-20 and provide free Barrow coffee December 14-16 after 8pm. In addition, we are offering a few extra ways to unwind and brighten your long study days,  which includes a draw that gives students a chance to win a gift card to Barrow and the MRU Bookstore!

 

Complimentary Massages in the Ideas Lounge
December 12 4pm-8pm
December 13 5pm-8:30pm

Sit back, relax and enjoy a complimentary fifteen minute massage in the Ideas Lounge, courtesy of the MRU Massage Therapy Practicum students. Those studying in the Library will be encouraged to take a break and sign up for a massage to help release tension and relax their minds.

 

Yoga in the Immersion Studio
December 12 3pm-4pm

We’ve partnered with MRU Recreation to bring Akhanda Yoga instructor Jade Cozier to the Library for a free hour of yoga students can attend to help relax as they prepare for long study sessions leading into exams.

 

Intro to Stress Reduction Meditation in the Immersion Studio
December 13 1pm-3pm

Students will be introduced to stress reduction through meditation. There’s no better place to unwind than the calming vibes of the 360º experience in the Immersion Studio.

 

*A Chance to Win!
To shake things up this semester, we’ll also have a draw where students can enter to win a $50 gift card to either Barrow or the MRU Bookstore. Students can enter by:

  1. We want to see how you use the Library! Share a photo in the Library on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LibrarySupport. Each post will be an entry in the draw. Tag @MRULibrary in your post and capture anything from your favourite Library study spot to a resource or service in the building that you rely on to get through exams.
  2. Grab a paper ballot when you check out at the Library Service Desk.  Fill in your name, email, year of study, program and hand it to Library staff who will slip it in the ballot box on the main floor.

 

* Contest rules: You must be a registered MRU student to win. Contest closes on December 18 at 11:30pm MST.

Survey Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the MRU Library survey prize draw: Ashleigh Fellman, Jillian Miller, Matthew Cheung, and Ross Graham.

And a big thank you to all faculty, staff, and students who completed the survey.