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Jocelyn A. Rankin Student Excellence in Library Research Award

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.

Now Accepting Applications for 2021

The Skelton Medical library is now accepting applications for the 2021 Jocelyn A. Rankin Student Excellence in Library Research Award. Students currently enrolled in any of the MUSM programs across all MUSM campuses are invited to apply. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 16, 2021.

The purpose of the award is to highlight library research. If you have utilized any of the medical library’s resources (e.g. electronic journals, databases, citation management tools, etc.) or services (e.g. interlibrary loan, research assistance from staff or librarians, etc.) to complete any projects while a student at MUSM, we encourage you to apply for this award.

Application Components:

1. Cover Sheet
2. Mentor Statement of Support Form
3. Structured Abstract (200-300 words)
4. Completed Research Project. Examples of potential research projects include: original research papers, lab or clinical research investigations, poster and oral paper presentations, theses, annotated bibliographies, case reports, community health needs assessments, published articles, etc. Research completed as part of your curriculum is allowed as long as you demonstrate that you have utilized library resources and/or services.
5. Bibliography/Reference List
6. Reflective Essay (500-750 words)

For a complete list of application criteria, eligibility, and forms, please visit: Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Evaluation Rubric that the Evaluation Committee uses to review submissions.

Thank you!
2021 Rankin Student Excellence in Library Research Award Committee
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