Nicole Shannon and Casey Minter RCC Research Paper Winners

Nicole Shannon and Casey Minter are the RCC’s Fall 2019 winners of the Student Research Paper Awards.


Photos by: Abby Parsons

Twelve papers were submitted for consideration. First prize was awarded to Nicole Shannon of North, Virginia for “Ethical Consumption.” Nicole will receive a first prize award of $200. This paper was written for Professor Amber Dinquel’s English 111 class. In addition to Nicole’s award, Professor Dinquel will receive a $50 honorarium.

Casey Minter of Aylett earned second prize for her paper, “Statistical Analysis of Sample Data: Comparing Men and Women’s Blood Pressure,” written for Professor Tom Mosca’s Mathematics 245 class. Casey’s award will be $100 and Professor Mosca will receive a $50 honorarium.

Rappahannock Community College’s Library Coordinator, Dan Ream, has announced the winners of the College’s Fall 2019 RCC Student Research Paper Awards. The purpose of this competition is to recognize excellent writing and research in student papers counting toward RCC credit courses during each semester. All entries were evaluated using “blind judging” with students’ and teachers’ names removed before review by the judges.

The research papers are published on the RCC Library website at as well as in an online collection of the Virginia Community College System’s statewide student writing at .

All papers were judged by a panel of four faculty, staff and administrators on the quality of library and Internet sources cited (including journal articles, books, or web resources), as well as the overall quality of writing and presentation. The cash awards are funded through the RCC Educational Foundation, Inc.



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