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USC library research award recognizes three

The University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research at the University of South Carolina has recognized three individuals for their use of the libraries’ resources in highly effective ways.

Christian “Chris” Buckson, a South Carolina Honors College junior from Greenwood who is majoring in history and international studies, took the top prize of $500. Honors College graduates Katharine “Katie” Parham of Irmo and Nicholas “Nick” Williamson of Blythewood each received honorable mention awards of $250.

The goal of the University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research is to foster USC students’ research.

Undergraduate students must have completed the research project for a credit course at USC within the past academic year and demonstrate extensive knowledge and skill in researching and gathering information to create a project in any media.

A history term paper assignment on NATO and American Foreign Policy led Buckson to delve into primary sources at Thomas Cooper Library, piquing his interest in a NATO sub-group, the Parliamentary Council.

“To my knowledge, Christian is the first scholar, professional or otherwise, to address the Council in a paper-length research study,” wrote history professor David Snyder in his letter of support for Buckson. He also described the project as a “tour de force that would have been suitable for a tenured scholar…”

Buckson relied heavily on primary resources on campus and, with the help of a Magellan Scholar Award and an Honors College research grant, continued his research in Brussels, Belgium, at the Parliamentary Council Archives.

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