SCIRUS Announces $1,000 Scholarship Winners

Scirus, Elsevier's award-winning, science-specific search engine, selects two students from 1200 essay entries for a $1,000 scholarship award.

Essays Reaffirm the Value of an All-Science Search Engine

Amsterdam, 24 February 2004Scirus (, the award-winning, science-specific search engine owned by world-leading publisher Elsevier (, has selected two students from 1200 essay entries for the $1,000 scholarship award. The winning essays were written by Nicole M. Ardoin, a PhD student at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in the US, and Brynn Horrocks, an undergraduate in Anthropology and Archaeology at Durham University in the UK.

The Scirus Essay Committee reviewed many excellent essays during the selection process. Ardoin and Horrock’s essays were selected for their concise and articulate writing, personal and academic point of view, structure and originality. Both essays reaffirmed the benefits Scirus brings to the research process. “We received so much positive feedback in these essays as to how Scirus has helped students capture the world’s scientific information efficiently and easily,” says Ammy Vogtlander, Senior Product Manager. “We are delighted that we could help these two intelligent women support their academic research endeavors financially.”

Ardoin, whose witty essay was titled “Does Mother Really Know Best? The Changing Face of Research in the Internet Age,” addressed how the Internet has made the breadth and scope of information exchange more widely available to her peer-group of students, while the over-abundance of sources has also simultaneously threatened the more precise and careful research traditions of her high-school librarian mother’s generation. She writes that search engines such as Scirus, which is designed for scientific information and provides clear divisions between Web and journal sources, will contribute to making future research more rigorous.

“I spent much time searching through the Scirus site in order to write the essay,” Ardoin explains. “I found it extremely helpful and have visited it several times since then.” After sharing her essay with her librarian mother, Ardoin reports that her mother is using the site and recommending it to her students.

Horrock’s essay explored how the Internet is becoming a key resource in the information exchange among faculty members, faculty and students, and between students themselves, associating this with the need for ‘clutter-free’, ‘user-friendly’, and ‘intuitive functionality’ in science-related online research.

“Education is now a lifelong pursuit consisting of one’s ability to efficiently and meaningfully access and use information,” Horrock says. “It is no longer how much one knows, but how quickly and effectively one can find what one needs to know.” Harrock has now become a regular user of Scirus as she believes it garners substantive results.

About ScirusLaunched in April 2001, Scirus is the most comprehensive science-specific search engine available on the Internet. Driven by the latest in search engine technology, it covers more than 167 million science-related pages and can pinpoint precise scientific information that other search engines can not reach, including pdf files and peer reviewed articles. Scirus has won several international awards including two consecutive Search Engine Watch awards for Best Specialty Search Engine for 2001 and 2002. More information on Scirus at

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