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Student Wins Library Research Award For Project on Music Therapy


Kathleen Humphries ’10 is the recipient of the 2010 Library Research Award, an annual award given to a student whose research makes expert and creative use of the services, resources and collections of the William H. Hannon Library  in producing a scholarly or creative work.

The music and communication studies double major explained how she used the library to write her paper, which is titled “Healing Sound: Contemporary Methods for Tibetan Singing Bowls.”

“Since the topic of my paper focused largely upon sound, it was extremely helpful to check out sound recordings found in the library’s media collection,” Humphries said. “I was able to listen and analyze the recordings of Tibetan instruments in a private music room located within the library.”

Humphries also credits the library’s extensive collection of bibliographies and history books in helping her.
“If I had been unaware of all of the great resources and services available to me, I would not have felt confident presenting my paper. I am so grateful to be chosen as the 2010 winner. I never thought that I could get paid to do my homework,” Humphries said.

Humphries presented her paper at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, held on March 20. She plans to attend the University of the Pacific in the fall as a music therapy graduate student. 

To learn more about the Library Research Award, click here.