Undergraduate Research Awards

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be judged based on how well they demonstrate the following:

Research Strategy – Essay

  • Understands the variety and number of information sources necessary for a well-researched project.
  • Describes specific search strategies, including successes and dead-ends.
  • Reports on the databases, library catalogs, websites, bibliographies and other research tools used.

Selection and Evaluation of Information Sources – Essay & Project

  • Uses a broad array of information sources (e.g., print, online, primary sources, research studies).
  • Establishes appropriate criteria for selecting and evaluating sources.
  • Selects information sources that are relevant and sufficient to support the project thesis.
  • Notes potential biases and contradictions in sources.

Use of Resources in Project – Project

  • Uses information sources to support an original argument, create an original artifact, or contribute to scholarly knowledge.
  • Selects, analyzes, and synthesizes main ideas from selected information sources in the context of the project.
  • Accurately cites and credits all information sources.

Demonstrated Growth in Research Abilities – Essay

  • Demonstrates knowledge of discipline-specific resources.
  • Exhibits an understanding of the research and inquiry process.
  • Suggests awareness of the different ways in which information is created and disseminated.

Overall Quality of Project – Essay & Project

  • Uses library collections with sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth.
  • Demonstrates originality of thought and mastery of content in topic area.
  • Displays exceptional stylistic quality and presents information with clarity in thought, writing, and organization.