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Marlyka Williams, a junior architecture major, one of three Miami students to win the Miami University Libraries LAURE Award

 Mahaley Evans, Marlyka (Lyka) Williams and Garrett Gust

Winners of the first undergraduate research
award from Miami University Libraries.

Marlyka (Lyka) Williams, a junior architecture major, was one of three Miami students to win the Miami University Libraries’ Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE), an award given to Miami University undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of a student project. Williams presented a project titled “Dare to be a Wildflower: Looking to the Natural World for Answers Through an In Depth Study of Heliostat Technology,” based on her research in Architecture 406, taught by Mary Ben Bonham. Bonham lauded Williams as a “top undergraduate who truly immersed herself in the research process and emerged with outstanding outcomes. (Her) research distinguishes itself from other excellent efforts in the way it has bridged across different courses.”