Moree Receives 2016 Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

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Hartsville, S.C. – April 11, 2016  –  Coker College student Mollie Moree ’16 is the recipient of Coker College’s 2016 Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. With support from the Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library and Information-Technology Center and the Coker College Undergraduate Research Program, the Library Prize was established to encourage the use of library research techniques and to honor the best research project produced each year by Coker College undergraduate students.

Moree’s thesis, "The Cause of Offred's Complacency in Gilead," a study of “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, was supported by a range of scholarly resources. It was written for ENG 400 – Senior Seminar and won high praise from the course’s professor, Margaret Godbey. In her nomination letter, Godbey noted, “What sets Mollie’s study apart from the majority of scholarly work on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is her decision to apply Freudian theory … [She] demonstrates her ability to read complex primary sources, synthesize multiple ideas and apply them to the text in sophisticated ways.”

Moree is majoring in English education and is a member of the English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. She is the daughter of Crystal Paschall and David Paschall and graduated from Andrews High School in Andrews, S.C. Entries for the prize are judged on originality, depth and breadth. In addition, the applicants must demonstrate a sophisticated use of library collections; the ability to select, evaluate, synthesize and use library resources in the creation of a project and evidence of personal growth through the acquisition of newfound knowledge.

For more information about resources at the Library Information-Technology Center, contact Associate Professor of Library Science and Director of the Library Alexa Bartel at For information about undergraduate research programs at Coker College, contact Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research Joe Flaherty at



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.