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Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research: Home

A monetary award is presented from a fund managed by the college’s Foundation for the specific purpose of recognizing library research excellence. The award-winner is recognized at Student Honors Convocation, on a perpetual plaque in the Dwight Marvin Lib

Past Recipients

Katie Burns, 2014 Recipient

The 2016-17 honor goes to Thomas Michael Smith for his paper, "Few New Antibiotics: Even in the Face of Antibiotic Resistance" submitted in fulfillment of requirements for English Composition, under the direction of Assistant Professor Sara Tedesco.

The recipient of the 2015-16 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research is Sydney Phillips for her research paper "Juror Exclusion" submitted by Dr. Ann Geisendorfer in fulfillment of the requirements for Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar.

Two papers merit Honorable Mention: Jennifer Edwards for "The Amazing World of Play" submitted by Eileen Mahoney in fulfillment of the requirements for Techniques of Teaching Through Play, and Rebecca Inglis for "Automation: The Debate of Innovation" submitted by Anne Dearing in fulfillment of the requirements for English Composition II.

Matt Sterlina was selected as the 2014-2015 recipient of the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research for his outstanding paper on scientist Lord William Thomson Kelvin in fulfillment of the requirements for Chemistry I during fall 2014 semester. Matt was nominated by Dr. Danica Nowosielski.

The recipients of the 2013-2014 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Excellence in Library Research were Katie M. Burns for her English Composition II paper "Postsecondary Correctional Education: Reducing Recidivism Through Educational Empowerment" submitted by Associate Professor Anne Dearing; and Melissa Stark for her English Composition I paper, "What Causes Led to the Uprising in Syria?" submitted by Associate Professor Sushmita Chatterji.

The recipient of the 2012-2013 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Excellence in Library Research was Erin Sawyer for her paper "Stuck in the Middle: Middle Class Voting Behavior and its Determining Factors" submitted by Associate Professor Sushmita Chatterji of the English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Department.

The recipient of the 2011-2012 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Excellence in Library Research was Seth Robinson for his paper, "Jacques Alexandre Cesar Charles." He was nominated by Assistant Professor Danica Nowosielski of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.

The 2010-2011 recipient of the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Excellence in Library Research was Max Popiel.

The 2009-2010 recipient of the  Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Excellence in Library Research was Julene Eayrs.

Nominate Online!

Deadline was May 1, 2017.


What if my paper was not graded in time for the spring deadline?

You are not alone! Simply hold on to that paper and submit it the following spring.  Even if you are graduated, we will review your paper and consider it along with all others. 

For more info. contact Val Waldin, Librarian, at

History of the Bulmer Award at HVCC

Tools: Get in the Running!

“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” - Chinese Proverb

Recommended steps for any research paper:


(1) Don't put it off.  The paper is still going to be there!  Think like Nike, "Just do it!"

(2) Pick a topic you are passionate about, or at least really interested in!  The library has great databases that can be used to help students identify and focus their topics.  You are going to be spending some time with this topis so pick something you want to learn about - something that perhaps defines you.  If you aren't given leeway on your topic, take pride in your work nonetheless.

(3) ASK FOR HELP. You can do any or all of the following:

(4) For help with reading comprehension, check the LAC Workshops on 8 steps for Writing a Research Paper and Journal Article Reading.  Talk to your instructor if you are struggling.  Every step of the way in the research process there is someone to help.

(5) Once you've selected and read your sources, get writing help.  

(6) Make sure your citation format is correct.  The Writing and Research Center also has citation handouts and even better, faculty to help you with citing your sources.

Perpetual Plaque in Marvin Library Learning Commons

Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer

Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer • 1929 - 2006
President, 1979-1996

Hudson Valley remembers Dr. Bulmer (October 2006)

Reflections on a Leader – the Legacy of Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer
by Dr. Lucille A. Marion

True Story! Tales from a Librarian...

"I was working in the library one Friday afternoon, and a student frantically approached me saying his research paper was due the following Monday and he was not ready to write it; in fact he hadn't even really begun his research.  He did say he had been walking around the library for two weeks but had not asked for help. He was frustrated, stressed, and doing damage control.

The following week, a different student came up to me, very excited, and said he had met individually with a librarian for research help, had gotten an "A" on the research paper, had won an award for this paper, and was working as a peer tutor

Which student do you want to be?

If you aren't sure about how to proceed with your paper, make an appointment with a librarian.  You will walk away with resources,  direction, and confidence."