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Research Award for Best College Writing Paper and Best Undergraduate Paper

Application Procedure:

Applications may be received beginning Feb 1, 2016.

To apply, students must submit the following in electronic form (Word files only) to no later than March 18, 2016.

  1. Completed application cover sheet with student name, title of project, title of course, name of professor, date of submission to competition.
  2. Letter of recommendation from the faculty member who taught the course for which the paper or project was prepared. (Refer faculty to the list of evaluation criteria)
  3. A brief 500 to 700 word reflective essay describing research strategies, application of library tools and resources in completion of the project.
  4. A bibliography or other listing of sources consulted, if not already included in the paper.
  5. A final version of the project. Written papers should be double spaced and may be of any length. Digital projects should be submitted on a DVD or CD. For other formats, contact
  6. All documents must be submitted in MSWord or equivalent (no pdfs please).

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Substantial use of library resources and collections in any format, including but not limited to printed resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all media;

  • Ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future;

  • Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a habit of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future; and

  • Originality of thought, mastery of content appropriate to class level, clear writing and a high quality of presentation.

Papers written during spring and fall, 2015 and spring, 2016 semesters will be accepted for consideration. Students may submit more than one paper, but only one award will be granted per individual.

If you have questions about the award, the nomination or application process, contact librarian Mary Mintz or