Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bioengineering Undergrad Wins Library Award

Sara Richardson, a bioengineering undergraduate at the Jacobs School of Engineering is one of four undergraduate students at UC San Diego to received a 2009 Undergraduate Library Research Prize for their exemplary research skills.

Sara Richardson won first place in the life and physical sciences category, an award which comes with a $1000 cash award.

Richardson received first prize for her work on “Simulation of EVA Suite Effects During Lunar and Martian Analog Exercise.” Richardson’s research explored the effects of lower body negative pressure versus lower body positive pressure as a way to simulate human exercise on the moon. She was nominated by her faculty advisor Alan Hargens, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the UCSD School of Medicine. She completed her research at the Clinical Orthopedic Lab at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.

"The research resources available from the UC San Diego Libraries have been extremely valuable in my project," said Richardson. “I have made extensive use of the UCSD Library resources listed in Sage and the E-journal subscriptions, which were necessary to view the results of my searches on PubMed and have been essential to my ability to access relevant papers. The research strategies I have picked up in this project have carried over into other aspects of my academic life—both for class and research."

Richardson is extremely involved at UC San Diego outside the library as well. She is the past president of the Jacobs School of Engineering's Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC).

Watch Richardson on YouTube (below) giving a tour of E-Games 2008.

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