Undergraduate Research Awards

College Library, in conjunction with the Undergraduate Symposium, offers annual Undergraduate Research Awards. The Undergraduate Research Awards celebrate excellence and creativity in undergraduate library research.

Examples of library research include the literature review for a laboratory study, the use of primary sources in a historical research paper, or the background research for a creative arts project. Successful candidates will demonstrate the application of information literacy skills in the library research process and in the use of library resources in the final project.

Up to three Library Research Awards and one Research in Progress Award are presented each year at the Undergraduate Symposium.   The Research in Progress Award is intended for projects that will not be completed prior to the Library Research Award deadline. 

Winners of Library Research Awards receive a cash prize of $300.  The winner of the Research in Progress Award receives a cash prize of $150.  Please note: The Financial Aid Office may need to modify your aid package as a result of your receiving outside aid, such as this cash prize.

Applications for the 2014 Undergraduate Research Awards are due April 2!

Application Procedure

  1. Meet with a Kelli Hughes at College Library or Jessica Newman at Steenbock Library OR attend a drop-in information session to review and discuss your research.

  2. Reflect on the various tools and strategies used to locate relevant materials.

  3. Review our sample essay and then write a 600-800 word essay describing your research experience, noting the successes, difficulties, and surprises you encountered.

  4. Submit an application, a statement of faculty support, a final version of your project, and the essay.

Drop-in information sessions will be offered at College Library and Steenbock Library:

  • Tuesday, February 25, 4-5pm - College Library, 1st Floor Center
  • Tuesday, March 4, 5-6pm - Steenbock Library, Room 240
  • Monday, March 10, 4-5pm - College Library, 1st Floor Center
  • Tuesday, March 25, 4-5pm - Steenbock Library, Room 240
  • Tuesday, April 1, 4-5pm - College Library, 1st Floor Center

For more information, please contact Kelli Hughes or Jessica Newman.