From left: Dr. Mary Morrison, a biology professor; Ed Gabriel, professor emeritus in biology for whom the award is named; Rachel Fritz; Philip Sprunger, provost and dean of Lycoming College.
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Rachel Fritz, a sophomore biology major of Honesdale, Pa., earned the 2015 Ed Gabriel First-Year Writing and Research prize for research completed in the fall of 2014. The award is given to a student of any major who completes research in any field and who documents their findings in a paper during their freshman year.
Fritz’s paper of “Bacteria Found on Frequently Used Surfaces of Campus,” was selected from about a dozen papers nominated by Lycoming professors because of her thorough research and well-written paper.
Fritz will receive a $100 prize, funded by the library’s Beverly Joyce Smithson Glad Fund. The Prize is named for professor emeritus Ed Gabriel, long-standing member and chair of the Faculty Library Advisory Committee, who retired from Lycoming College as a biology professor last spring.
The Freshman Writing and Research Prize was established by the Faculty Library Advisory Committee and the writing program several years ago to celebrate freshman students who have demonstrated excellence in both writing and research.