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Hege Library & Learning Technologies

Hege Research Award

2021 Award Video

Hege Research Award: Celebrating Excellence in Student Research

Made possible by the generosity of Guilford alumni H. Curt ‘56 and Patricia S. ’57 Hege, the establishment of this award coincided with the 25th anniversary of the 1989 addition to the Hege Library. It is a celebration of faculty mentorship and librarian engagement in furthering students’ development as critical thinkers and thoughtful and creative scholars. Two $1000 awards are given on an annual basis to honor and promote exemplary senior theses.

2015 Award Recipient

2016 Award Recipients

2017 Award Recipients

2018 Award Recipients

2019 Award Recipients

Past Award Winners


Jillian Morrison, Psychology, [Nominated by Associate Professor of Psychology Chris Henry], "Can Pets Cure Loneliness? An Analysis of the Human-Animal Connection in the Context of COVID-19"

Gracie Perry-Garnette, Biology, [Nominated by Professor of Biology Melanie Lee-Brown] "Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) on the Reefs of North and Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands"


Mallory Cerkleski, Sustainable Food Systems, [Nominated by Visiting Instructor for Environmental Studies Bronwyn Tucker and Assistant Director of the Center for Principled Problem Solving & Excellence in Teaching Sonalini Sapra] “Not Your Mother’s Food Aid”: Political Strategies for Controlling Food Aid – A Comparative Study from Kenya and Malawi from 2006-2018"

Reva Kreeger, History, [Nominated by Associate Professor of History Damon Akins] “Let Us Get about the Business of Liberation”: Black Greensboro’s Ongoing Struggle for Freedom between 1960 and 1979"

Honorable Mention: Kayli Blankenship, Education Studies [Nominated by Professor of Education Studies David Hildreth] “Teacher vs Student Perception of Teaching Methodologies Implemented on the Collegiate Level” 

Honorable Mention: Adyazbeth (Aya) Barrientos Solis, Biology [Nominated by Professor of Biology Melanie Lee Brown]“Disruption of established Staphylococcus aureus biofilms on Medical Plastics using Bacteriophage Sb-1 and Rifampicin”


Chris Collins, Integrative Studies, [Nominated by Associate Professor of History Zhihong Chen] "Silk Roads and Snow Leopards: The Historical Background and Environmental Implications of China's Belt and Road Initiative"

Robin Bigaj, Biology, [Nominated by Associate Professor of Biology Michele Malotky] "Maternal Health and Traditional Practices in the Montagnard Communities of Greensboro, NC"

Honorable Mention: Finn Shepherd, German Studies, [Nominated by Professor of Foreign Languages David Limburg] "Das unbestimmte Geschlecht: Eine Untersuchung von nonbinaren und intersexuellen Identitaten in Deutchland"

Honorable Mention: Caleb Amstutz, Biology, [Nominated by Assistant Professor of Biology Christine Stracey Richard] "Impacts of Hurricanes on Fish Biodiversity in St. John, USVI"

Honorable Mention: Leanna Kantt, Chemistry, [Nominated by Professor of Chemistry Gail Webster] "Spin Probe Studies of Structured Fluids"   


Caleb Anderson, Political Science, [Nominated by Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales] "In Plain Sight"

Anna Kelly, Religious Studies, [Nominated by Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Jill Peterfeso] "Scholars Be Trippin': Rethinking the Relationshop Between SBNRL and Religious Tourism"

Honorable Mention: Sierra Saykeo, Psycholology, [Nominated by Professor of Psychology Eva Lawrence] "Factors that Affect Help-Seeking: Examining Racial Differences Between Whites, Asians, and African Americans"

Honorable Mention: Dana Waskiewicz, Biology, [Nominated by Professor of Biology Melanie Lee Brown] "The Effects of Green Tea on Acid-Producing Bacteria of the Buccal Flora"


Ro Lutenbacher, Psychology, [Nominated by Professor of Psychology Eva Lawrence] "Latino Students' Family Values and Sense of Belonging in Higher Education." 

Taryn McFadden, Biology, ‚Äč[Nominated by Professor of Biology Melanie Lee-Brown] “Resistance of complex biofilms, containing both bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and the yeast Candida albicans, to ultrasonic disruption from medical grade plastics." 


Sydney Leigh Brown, Psychology and Art, "A Comparison of Genital Self-Image, Body Esteem, Communication Tendencies, and Media Consumption Between Cis Women and Individuals in the Trans* Community"

Emma Rountree, History, [Nominated by Professor of History Phil Slady] "'A Nation of Hero-Worshippers': Queen Marie of Romania, the United States of America, and the Rise of the Royal Celebrity"


Caleb Brown, Biology and Chemistry [Nominated by Professor of Chemistry Robert Whitnell]
"Using Stigmatella
aurantiaca Derived Natural Products for Quorum Quenching and Biofilm Disruption of Pseudomonas aeruginosa"

Julia Draper, Integrative Studies [Nominatined by Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology Kathrynn Adams]
"Past as Prologue: The Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Health Outcomes in Emerging Adults"

Honorable Mention: Emily Van Haneghan, Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies [Nominated by Professor of Political Science Kenneth Gilmore]
"Women and War: Evaluating Gender Equality's Impact on State's Level of Peace"

2022 Deadlines and Requirements

FACULTY: A nomination statement, submitted by the faculty thesis advisor, is due by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2022. The online nomination form can be accessed at

Faculty thesis advisors will be notified by April 1, 2021, of the decisions for the Hege Library Research Award.

STUDENT: A thesis abstract (300 words max) is due from student candidates by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2022. It must include (appropriate to the discipline): Background/Critical Conversation, Research Question, Rationale, Methodology, Results/Solution, and Conclusion/Significance. The online form for submitting the thesis abstract can be found at


Students must have senior status and be doing a departmental, senior, and/or honors thesis with the following qualifications:

  • minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  • taking at least 2 credits of 470/490 in the 2021-2022 academic year
  • thesis scheduled to be submitted prior to May 11, 2022

Award Committee

The Hege Library Research Award Review Committee for 2022 is:

  • Suzanne Bartels, Director of Hege Library and Learning Technologies
  • Gwen Erickson, Quaker Librarian and College Archivist
  • Heather Hayton, Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program
  • William Kelly, Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship Librarian
  • Don Smith, Professor of Physics