Joyner Library honors thesis award winner

Joyner Library at East Carolina University honored the winner of the 2012 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award during a ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 4.


Greenville native Danielle N. Martin was recognized as the winner of the 2012 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, which recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in East Carolina University’s Honors College. Martin is a senior in the Honors College, majoring in multidisciplinary studies with a concentration in neuroscience.

The award, which is sponsored by Joyner Library, is in the amount of $500 and honors associate professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dr. Michael F. Bassman. He was formerly associate vice chancellor of the Honors Program and was its first Distinguished Honors Professor.

Martin’s award-winning paper is entitled “The Ever-Changing Social Perception of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United States.” The paper has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Explorations: the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina.

“Joyner Library maintains a strong tradition of supporting undergraduate research on the ECU campus. The Bassman Award, created with the generous support of Dr. Bassman and the ECU community, allows us to further this important work, said Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources.  “We are especially delighted that Danielle Martin is our winner this year, as she exemplifies the very best of ECU, the Honors College and the EC Scholar’s program.”

During her time at ECU, Martin has also been the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding First Student Award and the Milton Harrington EC Scholars Award. She is the daughter of George and Renee Martin of Greenville.