Lydia Wasylenko, Librarian, and Barry L. Wells Honored with SOURCE Awards

Photo of six people standing in Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement including female Caucasian, male Caucasian, female Caucasian holding certificate, Asian male, female Caucasian, African american male
Left to Right: Cathryn Newton, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Faculty Engagement; Michael Wasylenko, Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics; Lydia Wasylenko, Librarian for citizenship and humanities at Syracuse University Libraries; Junje “Rec” Ren ’20, Arts & Sciences major in Religion/Environment, Sustainability, and Policy who considers Lydia a valued mentor; Marissa Brown ’20, Arts & Sciences major in Biology and Neuroscience and SOURCE Student Research Mentor; Barry L. Wells, former Syracuse University Senior Vice President of Student Affairs and former Special Assistant to Chancellor Syverud, currently on the Transition Team for the SOURCE.

Syracuse University’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (SOURCE) presented Syracuse University librarian Lydia Wasylenko with a SOURCE Award named in her honor at a small reception held at SOURCE’s office at 238 Bird Library on Friday, September 27, 2019. The award was presented by Cathryn Newton, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Faculty Engagement, for Wasylenko’s pivotal role in researching and writing a study of undergraduate research at Syracuse University that led to the creation of SOURCE. Through the generosity of donors, SOURCE will be providing a grant in 2019 to support an undergraduate student conducting research in the Humanities or Social Sciences in Lydia Wasylenko’s name.

Lydia Wasylenko, librarian for citizenship and humanities at Syracuse University Libraries, served as recorder on the University’s Senate Committee on Research from 2010 through 2016. She co-authored a report on research opportunities for undergraduate students at Syracuse University, along with Professors Jamie L. Winders and Dinesh K. Gauri, in March 2015. That report helped to create SOURCE, a University-wide resource dedicated to undergraduate research.

The SOURCE grant in Wasylenko’s name will support a student whose work in the humanities or social sciences is driven by curiosity and a sustained commitment to excellence and is committed to depth of inquiry into the literature or archival materials. Applicants will follow the same guidelines to apply as for all other SOURCE Grants.

Wasylenko, female Caucasian, holding certificate, next to Ren, male Asian. Artwork on wall behind the two people
Left to Right: Lydia Wasylenko and Junje “Rec” Ren. Rec presented Lydia with the certificate.

Another award was named for Barry L. Wells, former Syracuse University Senior Vice President of Student Affairs and former Special Assistant to Chancellor Syverud, who is currently on the Transition Team for the SOURCE. That award will be given to a student in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) fields and is driven by sustained commitment to scholarly/creative excellence and to inclusivity in all its dimensions, as well as long-term mentoring and deep personal investment in the careers and lives of others.   Wells began his career as inaugural coordinator of Syracuse University’s Office of Minority Affairs in 1976 and has been a committed leader in student and academic affairs, particularly dedicated to advancing principles of inclusion and diversity.

Student deadline to submit an application for these or other fall research awards is October 15.