Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 27, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 27, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 32
Student Book Collectors at JHU Are Honored

By Brian Shields
Sheridan Libraries

The winners of the 2009 Betty and Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest were honored at a luncheon on Friday, April 24, at Homewood's Milton S. Eisenhower Library. The contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, was endowed in 2008 by longtime supporters Betty and Edgar Sweren to recognize young bibliophiles and encourage students to develop their skills as thoughtful, focused collectors.

The Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program at Johns Hopkins. Participants must write an essay describing how and why the collection was assembled and submit an annotated bibliography of up to 50 titles. Entrants also submit a wish list of up to 10 titles to reflect future collection goals and areas of interest. Cash prizes are awarded to six students in all, honoring first place, second place and an honorable mention in separate graduate and undergraduate categories.

"The judges did not have an easy time deciding," said Winston Tabb, the Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums and vice provost for the arts. "We were all struck not only by the depth of the collections but by the stories behind them. Each year the bar gets raised a little higher, and we have Betty and Edgar to thank for this wonderful gift to the Hopkins community."

First place in the undergraduate category went to Whiting School sophomore Shrivats Iyer for his collection More Than Saffron and Incense: Modern Indian and English Literature. Iyer is a biomedical engineering major from Dubai.

The winner in the graduate category was Sarah Richardson, a fourth-year graduate student in human genetics at the School of Medicine, for her collection Voices From Conflict: Oral Histories from 20th-Century Wars. Richardson and Iyer each received $1,000 for their winning entries.

Second place honors and $500 prizes went to senior Emily Hoppe and second-year graduate student Rachel Monroe. Hoppe, an English and Italian major from Cambridge, Mass., was recognized for Italian Past and Present &mdaash; A Personal Collection. Monroe, who is from Richmond, Va., is pursuing her master of arts in fiction in the Krieger School's Writing Seminars and received the award for Individual Orientalisms: Ways of Imagining the East.

Honorable mentions and $250 cash prizes were awarded to Krieger School senior Matthew Pines and second-year graduate student Joanna Pearson. Pines, a physics and philosophy major, was honored for Mind and World: Where Philosophy and Physics Meet. Pearson, a second-year master of fine arts student in the Writing Seminars' poetry program, received an honorable mention for Contemporary Poetry: A 20th- and 21st-Century Sampler.

In addition to the cash awards, winners receive a one-year honorary membership in the Friends of the Johns Hopkins Libraries. Since 1931, Friends of the Johns Hopkins Libraries has furthered the university's libraries' mission through lectures, programs and the support of acquisitions and technology.


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