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Jocelyn A. Rankin Student Excellence in Library Research Award

Jocelyn A. Rankin, PhD
The Jocelyn A. Rankin Student Excellence in Library Research Award recognizes a Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) student who demonstrates outstanding proficiency in the use of the Libraries' collections, services and resources, and exceptional information-seeking literacy skills. The intent of the Award is to promote extensive and meaningful use of library resources and services, and to foster the development of life-long learning in students.

The award honors Jocelyn A. Rankin, PhD, founder and director of the Medical Library on the Macon campus and founder of GaIN (Georgia Interactive Network for Medical Information), the Mercer University-based electronic healthcare nonprofit that was active from 1983-2015. Dr. Rankin's tireless service to MUSM students and faculty as well as Georgia's underserved health professionals (1974-2000), exemplified passion and commitment to information access, problem-based learning, scholarship and research.
Applications for 2018 are now closed.

2018 Winner and Honorable Mentions

The 2018 winner is Austinn Miller
“Tenosynovitis: An Exploration of Glucocorticoid Induced Heterotopic Ossification”

Austinn Miller & Kim Meeks
Winner Austinn Miller (L) with Director, Kim Meeks (R)

Honorable Mentions
  • Aakriti “Alisha” Arora
    “Using 2D Gait Motion Analysis to Test the Functional Efficacy of the Mercer Universal Prosthetic Device in a Vietnamese Sample Population”
  • Ryan Guilbault
    “Clinical Medical Education in Underserved and Rural Areas and Eventual Practice Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”
  • Gregory P. Morgan
    “A Look at Stem Cells and their Possible Treatment of Premature Ovarian Failure”
  • Sarah Orr
    “Chronic Kidney Disease and Exposure to Nephrotoxic Metals” and “Potential Mechanisms of Inorganic Mercury Intoxication in Rat Kidney Cells”
  • Edith Park
    “Minimally-invasive Interventional Therapy for Advanced Peripheral Lung Cancer Using Laser and Nano-technologies”
  • John Weston Robison
    “Can Fatigue Affect Acquisition of New Surgical Skills? A Prospective Trial of Pre- and Post-call General Surgery Residents Using the da Vinci Surgical Skills Simulator”
  • Sarah N. Telliard
    “Gangrenosum Following Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery: A Diagnostic Challenge” and “Breast Reduction Surgery: A Risk Factor for the Development of Postoperative Pyoderma Gangrenosum”
Past Winners
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