Two Mohawk Valley Community College students were named recipients of the 28th annual Marjorie Thorpe Memorial Awards, recognizing excellence in research and writing.

Cassandra Hoffman, a Nutrition and Dietetics/Psychology major from Munnsville, won for her paper titled “Origin and Function of Tumor Necrosis Factor,” which she wrote for Professor Don Kelly. Arica Rudd, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: Childhood Education major from Rome, won for her paper, “Suicide Prevention of LGBTQ Youth,” which she wrote for Instructor Kelsey Mooney. Both received a $200 prize.

The contest, sponsored by the MVCC Libraries, is an annual term paper contest that encourages students to submit a research paper they prepared for any course at the College over the past academic year and an essay that reflects on the process of conducting research and steps taken in gathering information. Marjorie Thorpe was a librarian at MVCC from 1962 until her retirement in 1968. In 1982, she was awarded the title Professor Emerita for her outstanding service to the College. She died in 1989 at the age of 91, leaving money to the College Libraries to be used for the annual term paper contest.

Twenty-two papers were submitted, then judged by librarians from MVCC’s Utica and Rome Libraries. The papers were judged on the variety and quality of sources, accurate and appropriate use of references, and writing style.

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