Tredway Library is pleased to announce Scott Fick as the winner of the 2010 Tredway Library Prize for First-Year Research, for his paper, “Household Compost in Rock Island.” Scott wrote his paper for LSFY103, “Examining the Human Impact upon the Natural Environment,” with Charlie Mahaffey.
Scott is a second-year student from Aurora, IL who plans to major in geography with minors in Spanish and Environmental Studies. He is president of STAND and is involved with Farm to Fork and Global Affect. He also plays cello in the orchestra.
The 2010 judging panel (Margi Rogal, Virginia Johnson and Stefanie Bluemle) was impressed by the sheer variety of sources Scott employed in his research. His paper cites scholarly journal articles, newspapers, interviews, lectures, authoritative websites and reference resources, contextualizing relevant local information—about composting and landfills in Rock Island County—with studies conducted across the country and the world. All sources are cited accurately and conscientiously, in MLA format. But, just as importantly, the panel admired the paper’s logic, its organization, and its lively, emerging academic voice. It is noteworthy that Scott’s reflective essay about his research process, requested as part of the library prize submission, focuses on his developing ability to gather and synthesize a broad variety of sources into a single, coherent argument: his paper demonstrates exactly that kind of growth.
The panel was impressed by all the papers submitted to this first round of the Tredway Library Prize. Congratulations, Scott, and thanks to all the first-year students who wrote and submitted such fine papers.
You can read Scott’s paper here: