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First-Year Honorable Mention

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The Reflective Essay describes a research journey that recognized the importance of information literacy, took advantage of “full access to any scholarly source I found through the databases,” and included an interview with a professor to provide personal perspective and expertise. The author focuses on issues of language and gender, specifically on pronoun usage. Her discussion considers the advantages of both traditional and gender-neutral pronouns, and she concludes that for the issue of pronoun preference to gain public attention it must become more than an activist cause, but also “a simple question of empathy and respect.”

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