Research Prizes

The duPont-Ball Library competition for the library’s Evans C. Johnson Research Prize and the R. Neil Scott Research Prize is closed for 2014. Check back in the Spring for the 2015 competition.

To apply:

  1. Fill out the application cover sheet.
  2. Include the cover sheet with FOUR copies of the paper and send to: Laura Kirkland,Unit 8418, Stetson University (or bring them to the Library Office).
  3. Deadline for submissions: Prizes have been awarded for 2014

Read all of the prize winning papers below.

Both Research Prizes are open to all students who completed a research paper in ENGL 101, or First-Year Seminar (FSEM) during the last calendar year (spring, summer, or fall semesters, 2012).

The contest is sponsored by the duPont-Ball Library to encourage the thorough, effective, creative, and ethical uses of research resources. $200 in prizes may be awarded for each prize.


The Evans C. Johnson Research Prize may be awarded each spring to a student whose documented research paper in ENGL 101 or a First-Year Seminar (FSEM) from the previous calendar year showsthorough, effective, creative, and ethical uses of the library and research resources.

The monetary award is given by an anonymous donor in memory of Dr. Evans C. Johnson, Stetson University Professor of History 1953-1997. Dr. Johnson required students to illustrate effective use of research resources in papers for his courses, and this award is designed to reward such scholarship. In addition to the monetary award, the winner will receive an engraved plaque.


The R. Neil Scott Research Prize may be awarded each spring to a student whose documented research paper in ENGL 101, or a First-Year Seminar (FSEM) from the previous calendar year shows thorough, effective, creative, and ethical uses of the library and research resources. The R. Neil Scott Prize will give preference to papers dealing with the general themes of business or economics.

The monetary award is given in memory of Stetson alumnus and former Stetson librarian, R. Neil Scott, MBA,’82. In addition to the monetary award, the winner will receive an engraved plaque.


The winner(s) will be notified in April. Winners will be asked to submit copies of their papers in WORD format for the library’s website.

For more information, please see the documents below. Contact Laura Kirkland (822-4027, lkirklan@stetson.edu), Chair, duPont-Ball Library Research Prizes Committee, with any questions.

List of Past Winners & Their Papers

2014

Evans C. Johnson Prize Winner:

Carly Batts:
Beeware

R. Neil Scott Prize Winner:

Emily Niederman:
The Possibility of Satellite Projects: Deepening Scientific Understanding of Global Climate Change and Other Matters


2013

Evans C. Johnson Prize Winner:

Abigail Bush:
Foreign Language as a Graduation Requirement for Stetson University.

R. Neil Scott Prize Winner:

Jill Crotty:
Andy Warhol: The Businessman and the Artist.


2012

Evans C. Johnson Prize Winner:

Jennifer Curtis:
Difference of Faith: Why Conservatively Religious Students Can Thrive in a Liberal Arts University.

R. Neil Scott Prize Winner:

Tabea Wanninger: Implications of Pig Factory Farming: A Concise Study of How Pig Factory Farms Impact Animals, Humans, and the Environment.

Research Prize Honorable Mentions:

Kelsey Hoblick: An Education for His Future: Unraveling Ross Allen’s Experience at Stetson University.

Dillon Moore: Street Art: Experiment in Dialogue.


2011

2011 Evans C. Johnson Prize Winner:

Chelsea Whalley:
Sexual Violence and Self-Destruction: The Shameful History of European Colonization and its Effects on the Native American Population.

R. Neil Scott Prize Winner:

Jennifer Curtis:
The Negative Effects of Sugar and Nonnutritive Sweeteners: Can We Have Our Cake and Eat It Too?


2010

Evans C. Johnson Prize Winner:

Tara M. Formisano:
Evolving Feminism: Angela Carter and ‘Glam Rock’ Feminism.

R. Neil Scott Prize Winner:

Kathryn M. Gower:
Stem-Cell Research: Start the Funding.


2009

Evans C. Johnson Prize Winner:

Christy Fitzpatrick:
Human Cloning: Beneath the Surface.

R. Neil Scott Prize Winner:

Ashley E. Rutherford:
Patient Privacy.


2008

Evans C. Johnson Prize Winner:

Jeanne Humphrey:
Loss of the Traditional Inuit Way of Life: Is Global Warming to Blame?


2007

2007 Evans C. Johnson Prize Winner:

Jessica Pauszek:
The Impact of America’s Store.


2006

2006 Evans C. Johnson Prize Winners:

Ian Conrad:The Transition into the Romantic Era of Music: a Brief Overview of Works by Schubert and Beethoven.

Ben Millar: Aspects of the Maine Lobstering Industry.


2005

2005 Evans C. Johnson Prize Winners:

Zachary Chalifour: The Stetson University 21 Meal Plan Requirement.

Ashley Morris: The New Age of Food.