Contributing Author: Jaya Mohan, Assistant Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research.
Over the summer, sixty rising sophomores in the STAR Scholars Program participated in a four-week instructional series led by Nancy Bellafante, Librarian for Undergraduate Learning.
The STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholars Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving first-year students to participate in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, or creative work. For many of them, the experience is their first introduction to research, and the Libraries offered them instruction on research skills. The program partnership was a success, and we plan to offer the series to more STAR Scholars in the future.
Undergraduate students in Biology 219 classes were required to a schedule a library consultation during the winter 2012 term. This consultation, with Liaison Librarian for Science at Drexel University Libraries, Margaret (Peggy) Dominy, reviewed important resources that students would need to complete their lab reports for class -- and the results were impressive.
“There was a noteworthy improvement in the quality of resources students used when compared to the previous term,” Dominy said. “I hope that we can continue this requirement for biology students."
Walk into any of the library locations on campus, and you'll find students working on collaborative projects including class presentations, group research papers, capstone projects, and lab reports. The Libraries already provide space for group work and self-directed learning to take place, and now we've taken it a step further with the Group Work Survival Guide.
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Drexel University Libraries’ Reference Librarian for Science and Math, Peggy Dominy, at W. W. Hagerty Library was named the recipient of the PAM Achievement Award for 2011. PAM is the Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics division of the Special Libraries Association, a national professional organization for Librarians.
“It was an honor to be recognized by my peers and professional colleagues,” Dominy said. She
received the award at the national SLA conference, held at the Philadelphia Convention Center, on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.
The PAM Achievement Award is reserved for recipients whose professional work is marked by distinction and dedication to librarianship in astronomy, mathematics and/or physics, according to the SLA website. The award recognizes those members of SLA/PAM who have made outstanding contributions to the division.
Peggy is an active member of SLA/PAM, with her first official role beginning in 1981 when she served as the Astronomy Workshop moderator. Since then, she’s served in nine different capacities.