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 13th annual Falvey Scholars Award ceremony took place on Friday, April 24, 2015, 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 President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue.

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.”

Nicholas Ader

Student: Nicholas Ader
Title: “Comparison of Human Nrf2 Antibodies: A Tale of Two Proteins” and “Novel Activators of the Nrf2 Pathway: A Quinone Alone?”
Mentor: Dr. Aimee Eggler

Katie Kline

Student: Katie Kline
Title: “What to Know About Home Genetic-Test Kits”
Mentor: Dr. Theresa Capriotti

Elizabeth Long

Student: Elizabeth Long
Title: “Nurses’ Perceptions of Human Trafficking in an Urban Emergency Department: A Qualitative Study”
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth B. Dowdell, RN, PhD, FAAN

Joseph Schaadt

Student: Joseph Schaadt
Title: “Load Capacity and Thermal Efficiency Optimization of a Research Data Center Using Computational Modeling”
Mentors: Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, Dr. Kamran Fouladi, Dr. Alfonso Ortega and Dr. Joseph Pigeon

Jessica Swoboda

Student: Jessica Swoboda
Title: “Woolf and Waugh: Blurring the Distinction Between the Religious and the Secular”
Mentors: Dr. Helena Tomko and Dr. Megan Quigley

John Szot

Student: John Szot
Title: “Song Recognition in Black-Capped and Carolina Chickadee Hybrids: An Experimental Approach”
Mentor: Dr. Robert Curry

Application Process and Important Dates

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The deadline for the submitting the Online Nomination Form will be late March, 2016.

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

The deadline for submitting the Online Application Form will be mid-April, 2016.

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 in late April, which is open to the public.


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.