Friday, January 16, 2009

Library Research Award for Undergraduates

The University Libraries awards annual prizes for outstanding undergraduate library research in any discipline. As many as ten top prizes may awarded in two categories: 1. freshmen, sophomores, and juniors ($750 each), and 2. senior ($1,000 each). Student winners, faculty sponsors, and guests will be honored at a reception on June 9, 2009.

Eligibility: To be eligible to win, individuals or teams must:
  • be University of Washington undergraduates at any class level and in any discipline.
  • have completed a research project for credit at the University of Washington in Spring Quarter 2008 through Spring Quarter 2009.
  • agree to display the research project in the library and to submit it to the UW digital repository

Application Procedure: Applications must include the following:
  • final version of the research project. Projects in all media are encouraged.
  • bibliography or other appropriate listing of sources consulted.
  • 150 word abstract of the project.
  • 750-1,000 word reflective essay describing research strategies and use of library resources.
  • letter of support from the supervising faculty member.

Selection Criteria:
Panels of librarians and faculty members review all applications. Submissions are evaluated on how well they demonstrate:
  • Unusual depth or breadth in the use of library resources and collections, including but not limited to, printed resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all media.
  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any media that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future.
  • Evidence of significant personal learning in the methods of research and inquiry.

The application deadline is 5pm, May 18, 2009. For applications and information, consult; or email

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