2023-24 CSUSM University Library Award Winners

The University Library is pleased to announce the 2023-24 CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity recipients. All winning submissions will receive a $500 cash prize and the authors are invited to attend an award reception on May 2, 2024.

The award recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate sophistication and originality in research projects and creative works, and reflection upon the research and creation process. Students can submit work in three categories: Creative Works, Empirical Research, or Interpretive Analysis. 

2023-24 Library Award Winners
Creative Works
  • Mary Elizabeth Handler, Art, Media and Design, “MET” 
  • Kayla Lankford, Psychological Science, “Exploring Mental Health Stigmatization within AAPI Communities”
Empirical Research
  • Colleen Janey, Social Sciences, "Community Cultural Wealth: The Care and Resilience of Mothers in Poverty"
  • Shyane Masters & Brandon Warren-Fox, Environmental Studies, "Best Practices for Sharing Photovoice Research Outcomes"
  • Natalie Cailey Salas, Sociology, “'I Don't Belong Here': A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Latinx First-Generation College Students”
Interpretive Analysis
  • Hugo Daniel Peralta-Ramirez, History, “From Mexicas to Ancient Aztecs, Classical Nahuas, and Modern Indios/as: Early Modern Criollo/a Constructions and Understandings of Indigenous New Spain”
  • Emilio Serrano, Communication Studies, “Howard the Duck vs. the Modernity of Man: A Critical Analysis on the attitudes, and Metaphors in Howard the Duck” 

For more information contact Judy Opdahl, Business & Economics Librarian, jopdahl@csusm.edu or (760) 750-4307.