Undergraduate Research Award FAQ

1. What can be considered "Library Research"?

Library research can take different forms: a substantial literature search, using skills learned during library workshops, or personal consultations with a librarian or archivist; but all of those elements don’t necessarily have to be present. For example, if a student worked closely with an archivist but did not do a long lit search, he or she can still be a good candidate for the award, as long as the personal essay describing his/her research process and the bibliography clearly articulate the in-depth nature of the library/archival research component of the project.

2. Who are the evaluators?

A committee composed of eight librarians (both from the Undergraduate Library and a variety of subject librarians from across campus) will review the applications and select the winners in each of the two contest categories.

3. May I submit multiple projects for the award?

Yes, you may submit multiple projects, but you may receive only one award.

4. Is there any limit on the length of the research paper/project submitted for the award?

There is no length requirement. However, the research paper or project should be substantial.

5. Can UROP papers or projects be submitted?

Yes! UROP students who are working on a research project (even if initiated by faculty) are welcome and encouraged to participate as long as the outcome of the student's research is an independent project or paper. 

6.  What are the eligible dates for papers or projects competing for the 2014 awards?
Papers or projects completed during the Spring/summer 2013, Fall 2013 or Winter 2014 will be accepted. 
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