We are pleased to announce the 2019 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.
The selection committee was impressed with the quality of applications this year and proudly recognized the 2019 award recipients at a small ceremony on April 26.
Group Award Winners – Julia Phillips and Jaime Bellows
Perceived Accessibility in City of Calgary Recreation Facilities: A Comparison Between People With and Without Accessibility Needs
Jaime and Julia are both Health and Physical Education students passionate about physical activity and creating a society where everyone has the opportunity to participate. The pair incorporated their interest and knowledge of disability, accessibility, and inclusion into their PHYL 5300 capstone project and made the decision to focus on how people with and without accessibility needs perceive built environments once they realized there wasn’t research on this particular topic. Jaime and Julia contacted the City of Calgary who not only confirmed that they didn’t currently have this type of data, but also expressed interest in accessing their final results.
Senior Award – Tim Kenny
IndigiComms: Using Decolonization, Power Studies and Indigenous Methods to Inform Post-Modern Communications Practice & Scholarship
Tim is a Communications Studies student who came across publications on mainstream media representations of Indigenous issues, which started him down a path of pursuing many sources on this topic and led him to a capstone project for his COMM 44851 class. Course instructor Dr. Chaseten Remillard helped him incorporate critical commentary on things he has personally experienced. Tim has said that his hope is for future Indigenous academics to refer to his work as a type of wayfinding to help navigate similar situations. The committee was particularly struck by the diverse and carefully chosen academic and contemporary research sources, from multiple fields of scholarship, that supported Tim’s argument about the power of communications that can serve to enact meaningful and reconciliatory change in Canada.
Junior Award – Kalindra Walls
Structural and functional musculoskeletal implications of patients with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Kalindra dedicated herself to learning about hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome through extensive research processes. There were moments when she was overwhelmed and discouraged but instead of giving up, she took the initiative to meet with Librarian Cari Merkley who introduced her to specific tools and research strategies. Once she decided to focus on musculoskeletal implications, Kalindra was faced with 60-70 articles with content she didn’t understand. Enter her supervisor on this project and Health and Physical Education instructor Dr. Jared R. Fletcher who helped her to to develop a better understanding of the topic. The quality and relevance of primary sources Kalindra referenced, along with her remarkable journey to come to a better understanding of this connective tissue disorder is what impressed the committee.
Learn more about the 2019 winners and the awards in this MRU News article.
The Library set up a feedback table with whiteboards and colourful sticky notes at the West Entrance of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre on February 11. Thank you to all the students who took time to write down where they want to see change in the Library to better serve the MRU community, and also the high-fives for what you love the most about the people and services offered.
Library leadership received all 173 comments recorded by students throughout the day and carefully considered each one. Students weighed in on everything from group rooms, the Maker Studio, seating, to specifics on how to best communicate with Mount Royal students throughout the semester. We’re excited to look into new ways to implement change and make improvements. Look out for updates, as we expect to share any changes made that are from student suggestions. In the meantime, refer to the infographic below for answers to a portion of questions and concerns included in the feedback.
Final exams start up this week, which means students are working hard to hand in final projects and study for tests before they head into the spring/summer semester or the end of the school year. The Library is pleased to extend Library hours to midnight April 8-17 and provide free Barrow coffee April 12-14.
This is a busy time of year. Please know that there are several ways you can lean on the Library to help you succeed during exams.
LibrarySearch allows you to get access to all Library collections, including databases, journals, articles, and books with a few clicks and a search term. Whether you’re on campus or doing research from home, students can find sources to help support class assignments.
Quick tip: Make sure to log in while using LibrarySearch to access special features to improve the search experience.
- Save searches
- Add to My Favourites section
- Place holds with a click
- Keep track of loans and account details
Subject Librarians are basically research experts for disciplines covered by programs and faculties at Mount Royal. Students are encouraged to book an appointment with a Librarian if they need focused help with research assignments.
If you’re studying late in the Library and simply have a question about LibrarySearch or need advice on the best way to find a source, stop by the Service Desk and get the help you need.
We offer 1,700 seats and 170 computer stations for students to access while studying in the Library. All four floors offer a variety of seating options that include booths for group sessions, pods for solo study, soft seating, study carrels, quiet reading rooms, and so much more! Many of the seats are also powered, which means students can plug in and charge devices while they work.
Quick tip: Cell phone chargers are available to borrow from the Service Desk on the main floor of the Library.
Mount Royal students can submit outstanding research to the Library Awards for Research Excellence by April 10, 2019 for a chance to win a cash award from one of three categories.
The Mount Royal Library Awards for Research Excellence celebrates 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.
Individual projects and group projects will be evaluated for the award category entered on the application:
Senior Award – $1000: For projects created in 4000-level or higher courses, independent studies, capstone or honours thesis work, this category recognizes projects which are larger in scope, represent a higher level of independence and a greater depth of research.
Junior Award – $1000: For projects created in 1000-level to 3000-level courses, this category recognizes outstanding student work at a level that is smaller in scope and depth of research.
Group Award – $1500: For projects created at any course level, this category recognizes outstanding student work completed by 2 or more students.The award will divided equally among group members.
Visit library.mtroyal.ca/award for complete details including submission requirements.