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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 1, 2010

Entries sought for library essay, research contests

MARYVILLE, Mo. - In conjunction with the annual Northwest Library Day, students are being invited to submit essays and research papers - for which winners will receive Best Buy gift certificates of up to $200.

The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony on Northwest Library Day, at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13. Awards will be given to the top three undergraduate student entries in each contest.

Any Northwest undergraduate student can participate in the essay contest by reading "Mountains Beyond Mountains" and writing a reflective essay based on any one of six specific themes. The essay should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length.

"Mountains Beyond Mountains, written in 2003, by Tracy Kidder, takes a look at poverty and the availability of medical care in Haiti. Carolyn Johnson, assistant professor of library science, noted the book was selected for the contest prior to the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, but the book's topics are now in the forefront of world news since the quake.

To enter the research contest, undergraduate students can submit papers written during the 2009 spring, summer or fall trimesters. The papers must have been written for credit, for a 200 or higher level course. Papers should be eight to 20 pages long, not counting bibliography pages. The application also should contain an e-mail from the course professor stating why the professor recommends the paper for the contest, and a 300 to 500-word document explaining how the paper meets the evaluation criteria.

All entries will be judged by a panel of librarians and professors. Complete details and guidelines for the contests are available at

The writers of the top three essays, judged by a panel of faculty and librarians, will be awarded Best Buy gift certificates of $200 for first place, $150 of second place and $100 for third place.

Everyone who attends the April 13 ceremony, except library employees, also will be eligible to win door prizes. Prizes, including the gift certificates, are purchased with funds derived through the library's annual Brick and Click seminar for academic librarians.

For more information, contact Johnson at 660.562.1393 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468