Pair receive Thorpe awards for papers


Two Mohawk Valley Community College students were named recipients of the 28th annual Marjorie Thorpe Memorial Awards, recognizing excellence in research and writing.

Cassandra Hoffman, a nutrition and dietetics/psychology major from Munnsville, won for her paper titled “Origin and Function of Tumor Necrosis Factor.” Arica Rudd, an education major from Rome, won for “Suicide Prevention of LGBTQ Youth.” Both received a $200 prize.

The contest, sponsored by the MVCC Libraries, is an annual term paper contest that encourages students to submit a research paper they prepared for any course at the college over the past academic year and an essay that reflects on the process of conducting research and steps taken in gathering information. Marjorie Thorpe was a librarian at MVCC from 1962 until her retirement in 1968. In 1982, she was awarded the title professor emerita for her service.

She died in 1989 at the age of 91, leaving money to the College Libraries to be used for the annual term paper contest.

Twenty-two papers were submitted, then judged by librarians from MVCC’s Utica and Rome Libraries. The papers were judged on the variety and quality of sources, accurate and appropriate use of references and writing style.


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