| Jocelyn A. Rankin, PhD
Mercer University School of Medicine
Jocelyn A. Rankin Student Excellence in Library Research Award
This award honors Jocelyn A. Rankin,
PhD, founder and Director of the Medical Library on the Macon campus of the
Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) and founder of the Georgia
Interactive Network for Medical Information (GaIN), 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) exemplifies
passion and commitment to information access, problem-based learning,
scholarship, and research.
Applications are now
This award recognizes a MUSM student who
demonstrates outstanding proficiency in the use of the collections, services,
and resources of Skelton Medical Libraries as well as exceptional
information-seeking skills. It is intended to promote extensive and meaningful
use of library resources and services as well as foster the development of
life-long learning in students.
- Applicant must have conducted the
research while enrolled at MUSM and be currently enrolled
as a student on any campus in any of the MUSM academic
programs: Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Science in
Biomedical Sciences (MSBMS), Master of Science in Preclinical Sciences (MSPCS),
Master of Family Therapy (MFT), PhD in Rural Health Sciences.
- Submissions must contain an element of
library research using Skelton Medical Libraries resources, services, and/or
- Team submissions are allowed if each applicant
is currently enrolled at MUSM.
- Applicants must consent to photographs of award
recipients being displayed online.
Do not submit articles, posters, or finished project
materials. All requirements for consideration follow; any other items will be
stripped from the application packet during the blinding process.
- Cover Sheet with student
- Structured Abstract (200-300
words) briefly describing and summarizing your research project using the
Bibliography/References formatted appropriately using a
formal style guide (i.e. AMA, APA, NLM) with the chosen style specified,
e.g. AMA References.
- Reflective Essay (500-750
words) addressing the following components:
- What library resources/services did you use?
Name one or more.
- How did you locate your sources?
- Did a librarian assist you? If so, how?
- Why did you select the library
resources/sources you used? What criteria did you use? What was it about these
sources that made them appropriate?
- Did you decide against using any library
sources you identified? If so, why?
- What, if any, difficulties using library
resources did you encounter?
Evaluation Committee &
Each application will be blinded from personal
information. It will then be carefully reviewed by a panel consisting of
designated MUSM faculty and librarians. Submissions will be judged on three
components which are detailed in the Scoring Rubric
. Students are encouraged to refer to the
when completing their application.
- Structured Abstract (10 points)
- Bibliography/References (10 points)
- Reflective Essay (30 points)
The deadline for submissions
is Friday, October 7,
2022. Incomplete or submissions after this date will not be
considered. Electronic submissions of this document are accepted in Word or PDF
files. All application materials remain the property of the library and will
not be returned unless requested by the applicant. Email your
completed application packet to Jennifer Dawson at email@example.com.
Award Notification &
Only one award will be given each year. The
recipient will receive a prize of $250 and a certificate and have their name
engraved on the Jocelyn A. Rankin Student Excellence in Library Research Award
plaque displayed at each of the 4-Year campus libraries: Columbus, Macon and