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Winners were honored for outstanding scholarly endeavors.
Student, faculty awards highlight Research Day
Day of presentations covers many disciplines
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University hosted its 27th annual Research Day March 13 that included a day of oral presentations, a poster session, creative performances and an awards ceremony that highlighted the scholarly endeavors of undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. Topics covered science, literary studies, history and political science, psychology, philosophy, art, music, social sciences and service-learning.

 Jules Guidry of Breaux Bridge and Matthew Petty of Alvarado, Texas were winners of the Phi Kappa Phi Student Research Awards. Guidry is a student in the Louisiana Scholars’ College with a concentration in philosophy, politics and law. His research topic is “A Theory of Inter-generational Reparations in Nozick’s Historical Conception of Property Rights.” Petty's research topic is “A Survey of Modern Trombone Techniques.” Petty will complete his Master of Music degree in music performance in May.

Phi Kappa Phi Student Research Awards for undergraduate and graduate students recognize outstanding research, distinguished artistic performance, or creative work completed by a student or team of students while enrolled at NSU. Up to two $500 awards are given to the best contributions. Nominations are evaluated on originality, design and methodology, impact on or contribution to the student’s academic field and the potential larger impact of the nominated work.

Hannah Fulton of Many, a student artist who is part of the Department of Fine + Graphic Arts’ in-house design team, was recognized as the designer of this year’s Research Day poster and program cover.

Two faculty awards were presented.

Dr. Richard B. Jensen, a professor of history in the Louisiana Scholars’ College, is the winner of this year’s Mildred Hard Bailey Research Award. The Bailey Award recognizes outstanding research and/or distinguished artistic performance or creative work substantially completed within the past three years and is open to all full-time Northwestern faculty and adjunct faculty carrying a 12-hour equated load. Jensen’s book, “The Battle against Anarchist Terrorism: An International History, 1878-1934, was published by Cambridge University Press in January. The book is the first global history of the secret diplomatic and police campaign that was waged against anarchist terrorism from the last decades of the 19th century to the first decades of the 20th.

Dr. James MacDonald is winner of the Mariette LeBreton Louisiana Studies Award that honors faculty members whose research careers have been dedicated Louisiana topics. Nominees may have conducted research in any discipline. MacDonald teaches courses in colonial America, the American Revolution, the Old South, and slavery. His dissertation examined the relationship between civilian and military authority during the Revolutionary war in North Carolina.

MacDonald has presented papers at the Louisiana Historical Association, the Society for Military History. His fields of interest include colonial and revolutionary America, early American republic, Native American history and military history.

Northwestern State University was the first school in what is now the University of Louisiana System to present a Research Day. Selected student researchers from Northwestern State will participate in the UL System’s 2014 Academic Summit, to be held April 11-12 at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The event will encompass the system-wide service-learning conference, a student art exhibition, a performance art showcase and undergraduate research day.