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Manchester Community College Commencement, 2019

MCC Library Research Award Program

The Raymond F. Damato Library provides the collections and services to support student research and creative projects at Manchester Community College. The award recognizes student excellence in research as well as the skillful use of the Library’s collections and services. 

Up to two (2) winning papers/projects will be awarded $300 at the Manchester Community College Awards Ceremony held at the conclusion of the spring semester. Award recipients permit the Raymond F. Damato Library to include their works on its website.  

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the MCC Foundation and its donors for funding the Library research award.


Eligibility Requirements:

To be considered for the award, the following guidelines must be adhered to:

  • Students must be enrolled in Spring semester courses.
  • The paper or project must be the student’s own work and submitted for credit during the previous summer/fall or current spring semester.
  • All sources must be cited using a standard citation format (MLA, APA, etc.).  
  • Applicants must include a paragraph that summarizes their use of Library collections or services and any research strategies employed.


Submission Requirements:

  • Your paper or project 
  • Your name, email address and phone number
  • Title of the work
  • MCC course name
  • Name of your professor
  • Applicants must include a reflective paragraph that summarizes their use of Library collections or services and any research strategies employed.

Submissions will be evaluated by a committee of MCC faculty and librarians.


Announcing the 2022 Winner

The research award committee has selected Lucy Lundgren as the winner for her paper Small Towns v. First Amendment. The paper was written for Prof. Sean Gillane's POL 111 course. Regarding the research undertaken for the paper, she writes:

This research paper allowed me to hone my skills like none before. The MCC Library was a big help in completing it. I was able to use the Westlaw Campus Research program to find powerful quotations from Supreme Court opinions and provide pinpoint citations to the relevant portions of each one. I was even able to include a quotation from a newspaper article from 1940 using the Historical Hartford Courant program.

Apply Now!

The 2022 application cycle is complete, and the winner has been selected. Please check back during the fall 2022 semester for information about next year's award.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Final paper or project uses a broad array of information sources, including books, media, articles, or data sets.  
  • Information sources are successfully integrated as evidence and reflect a range of viewpoints appropriate to the subject matter. 
  • Reflective paragraph demonstrates awareness of the collections and services of the Raymond F. Damato Library.
  • All written work submitted with the application should be clear, coherent, and free of spelling or grammatical errors.