Photo of student undergraduate research award winners.

Laurie Alexander, Olivia Chang, Hannah Thoms, Karis Blaker, Bashair Pasha, and Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency, at 2018-2019 Awards Ceremony

Pam J. MacKintosh Undergraduate Research Award

Award Information

Sponsored by the JABberwocky Literary Agency

Each year, the U-M Library conducts a research award competition to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary academic achievements of our undergraduate students. The award is given to students who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of an undergraduate student project.

Undergraduate students from any U-M campus are eligible to participate. Projects can be in any format or medium such as a term paper, thesis, website, a documentary or an art installation. Individuals and groups from any discipline may apply.

The U-M Library offers several different awards:

  • Maize Awards for single term projects (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Global)
  • Blue Awards for multi-term projects (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Global)
  • The Outstanding First-Year Research Project Award
  • The Innovation in Research and Creativity Award
  • Team Award

All awards are evaluated on the strength of the applicant's personal essay, research project and bibliography, as well as a letter of support from an instructor. The Global Award, offered in the Maize and Blue categories and in the Innovation and Creativity category, will be awarded to a project with a global or international component. The Team Award is awarded to a project authored or created by more than one student.

For more information, see the FAQ page. To apply, see our application guidelines page.


The 2019-2020 awards are sponsored by the JABberwocky Literary Agency. 

  • First Place Awards: $1,000
  • ​Second Place Awards: $500
  • Third Place Awards: $250
  • Global Awards: $500

  • Outstanding First-Year Research Project Award: $500

  • Innovation in Research and Creativity Award: $1,000

  • Team Award: $2,000

Important Dates

• Application Deadline, April 30, 2020  

• Letter of Support Deadline, May 8, 2020 

• Awardees Notified by June 5, 2020

• Ceremony and Reception, mid-October, 2020

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