Students' Research Earns Awards from EKU Libraries

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Eastern Kentucky University Libraries recently presented two students with the Library Research Award for Undergraduates.

Brooke King, an occupational science major from Tipp City, Ohio, and Catherine Gerteisen, a communication disorders major from Owensboro, are this year’s first- and second-place honorees, respectively.

Made possible by the Friends of EKU Libraries, the award recognizes students whose research makes expert and creative use of library services, resources and collections to produce a scholarly or creative work. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the excellence of undergraduate research here at Eastern, as well as EKU Libraries’ contribution to that research,” said Dr. Kevin Jones, committee chair.

King won the $800 first-place prize for her research submission, “Mothers’ Decisions to Leave Abusive Intimate Partners: A Qualitative Meta-Summary.” King is the wife of Adam King and the daughter of Clifford and Angela Bowerman. At EKU, she has been involved with the Honors Program, GURUs, Student Success Advisory Board and CRU. After graduation this May, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy at EKU and become an occupational therapist and advocate for improved nursing home care.

Gerteisen, daughter of Sam and Lisa Gerteisen, won the $500 second-place prize for her research submission, “Speech-Language Pathologist Awareness and Integration of Disability Rights Issues.” Also set to graduate this spring, Gerteisen has been a member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, president of EKU Best Buddies, and Spiritual Life Committee Chair for the Catholic Campus Ministry of St Mark Church. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in communication disorders at EKU and become a speech-language pathologist working with individuals with disabilities.

Published on April 29, 2015

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