Freshman Wins Library Student Research Competition

Baylee Robertson, a freshman Theatre Arts major with a minor in Business, was one of four winners in the 2018 Monroe Library Student Research Competition at Loyola New Orleans. The contest required students to submit a research project that they had created for a class in the current academic year, and the winners were selected for going above and beyond the expectations of research using the resources and tools provided by the Monroe Library.

Robertson’s paper, “A ‘Deformed Villain:’ Fashion in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing,” was chosen as the representative research project for freshmen and sophomores. Written for Dr. Laura Hope’s World Theatre I class, the essay discussed the clothing and style in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and the way that is is attributed to Elizabethan society, most notably in the context of social class and the hierarchy. Her paper broke down the way in which Shakespeare uses fashion as a means of demonstrating patriarchal power and wealth in his characters.

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is incredibly proud of Baylee’s innate talent for writing and congratulates her for winning one of the four prizes. You can read more about the Monroe Library’s annual research project competition at