Falvey Scholars

The Falvey Scholars Award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. It is a collaborative initiative of the Library, the Honors Program, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

The recipients of this award are selected from a pool of candidates that is generated by applications submitted by nominated Villanova University students or a group of nominated students working on a senior project together. Senior students must be nominated by their faculty advisor and submit a completed application to be considered for the Falvey Scholars Award. Awardees are selected by the Falvey Scholars Selection Committee, comprising of representatives from Falvey Memorial Library and each of the Colleges.

There are five discipline related awards in the competition. Candidates will be identified by the College for which the senior project is completed for academic credit. The five awards are dedicated to: Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Business.

Falvey Scholars are recognized at an awards ceremony in Falvey Memorial Library that will include presentations by the award recipients on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of the project report. Presentations highlight the use of the Library resources.

Falvey Scholars: Exceptional Undergraduate Research Spanning Five Disciplines

To highlight undergraduate research and the Library’s role in facilitating such research, Falvey Memorial Library honors students whose achievements have distinguished them as Falvey Scholars. The 11th annual Falvey Scholars Award ceremony took place on Friday, April 26, 2013, on Falvey’s newly renovated second floor. The ceremony opened with a welcome from Vice President Rev. Fr. Kail Ellis and closed with a special thanks from Joseph P. Lucia, Library Director.

The Falvey Scholars Award was established in 2002 by Joseph P. Lucia, University librarian and library director. Lucia collaborated with the honors program and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships to establish the award. This annual program, according to Lucia, serves “to recognize and reward exceptional undergraduate research.”

Mary Corrigan

Mary Corrigan (Biology), delivered the first presentation: "The Fate of Linear DNA in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae and Candida Glabrata: The Role of Homologous and Non-Homologous End Joining". Mary's faculty mentor was Dennis Wykoff, PhD.

Robert Duffy

Robert Duffy (Philosophy), the next presenter, discussed "Givenness and Geist: Resituating the Subject and Reanimating the Real after Kant”. Robert's faculty mentor was David Schindler, PhD.

Joseph Dovidio (in absentia) (Nursing): “Driving to Distraction and Beyond: A Secondary Analysis of Teen Drivers and Risk Taking Behaviors”. Elizabeth Dowdell, PhD, served as his faculty mentor.

Victoria Horn

Victoria Horn (Business) presented: “Examining the Experiential Pedestal: The Negative Side of Experiential Consumption”. Her  faculty mentor was Lan Chaplin, PhD.

Russell Rioux

Russell Rioux (Engineering), the event’s final presenter, delivered "Experimental Study of Critical Heat Flux and Heat Transfer Coefficient Enhancements in Pool Boiling Heat Transfer With Nanostructure Modified Active Nucleation Site and Contact Angle". His faculty mentor was Calvin Li, PhD.


Special thanks to Gina Duffy, library events and program coordinator, and her team for posting online announcements; for setting up the chairs, tables, computers (for the presenters) and the display screen; and for organizing the refreshments. 

Application Process and Important Dates

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Falvey Memorial Library with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program would like to invite faculty advisors to nominate senior students who have excellent senior projects for consideration of the Falvey Scholars Award. 

Online Nomination Form can be found here. Nomination Deadline: March 31, 2015.

After completing an online nomination form, faculty advisors will notify their respective students to complete an online application.

Online Application Form can be found here. Application Deadline: April 10, 2015.

Group projects should be submitted for consideration as a single applicant.

The Falvey Scholars’ senior projects will be presented during the awards ceremony in Falvey Memorial Library on Friday, April 24, 2015, which is open to the public.