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Jocelyn Rankin Jocelyn A. Rankin, PhD
(1946-2010)
Mercer University School of Medicine
Skelton Medical Libraries
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.

The Jocelyn A. Rankin Student Excellence in Library Research 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. Application Criteria

2022 Winner and Honorable Mentions


Neal Patel
Neal Patel

The 2022 winner is Neal Patel, MS4
“Staphylococcus Aureus Swabbing and Decolonization Before Neuromodulation Procedures: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.”

Honorable Mentions
  • Stephanie Basey, PhD
    “Identifying the Food Environment of Rural Households"
  • Kieffer Hellmeister, MS1
    "Emotional Processing and Resilience to Chronic Stress"
  • Maggie Bridges Kearney, MS4
    "Effects of extreme weather events on child mood and behavior"
  • Sinead O’Bryant, MS3
    "Characterizing the Complication Profile of Spinal Robotic Systems: A MAUDE Study"
Past award recipients
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