Submissions for the 2024 Award are closed. See you in April 2025!


Have you written a research paper for an MVCC course in the past academic year?

The MVCC Libraries are sponsoring the annual Marjorie Thorpe Memorial Award, where students are encouraged to submit any research paper prepared for any MVCC course during the 2023/2024 academic year. 

The grand prize is $200.

Entries must include:

  • A one page essay which:
    • Briefly describes the assignment for which the paper was written (1-2 sentences).
    • Reflects on the process of conducting research and steps taken in gathering information.  
    • Discusses how the research process benefited you: new information or skills learned
  • A copy of your research paper in Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format
    • Papers must be a minimum of 3 double-spaced typed pages
    • Papers must include evidence of library research (minimum of at least 3 cited sources)


Entries will be judged on:

  • Variety and quality of sources (30%)
  • Writing Style (30%)
  • Accurate and appropriate use of references (20%) - Form of citations in the bibliography and in the text
  • One page essay (20%)


Submit entries by April 15, 8 a.m. to:

Marjorie Thorpe Submission Form
Winners will be announced April 24th, with an award ceremony in the library on April 29th at 11a.m.

Questions? Contact:


Claire Ehrlich