How to Apply for the Undergraduate Research Award

Evaluation Criteria

The review committee strongly encourages applicats to review the evaluation criteria (pdf) and tips for the personal essay (pdf).

Application Requirements

Applicants are required to complete an online application form by April 26, 2018 by 11:59 pm eastern time, uploading to the form:

  1. Personal Essay: 750 to 1,000 words describing the library or archival research, literature review and resources used in preparing for or completing their research project. This essay will be used by the committee to screen applications. This essay is the most important piece of your submission. The review committee has compiled tips for the personal essayFor group submissions, two or more members of the group must submit essays that identify their contribution and participation in the group project.
  2. Research Project: a copy of the research project (if the project is not "attachable," please email
  3. Bibliography: a bibliography of sources that support the research project
  4. Letter of Support Information: the name of a faculty member/sponsor (sponsor must separately submit a letter of support. Be sure to let your reference know to expect an email message from The email will be generated when you complete your submission. The email will include a link to upload the reference letter. Your reference does not need to have a submittable account to upload your letter. If the applicant's research project is for a course-related project, the course instructor should be the faculty sponsor. If the research project is for a job, volunteer project or some other non-course related project then a faculty advisor (professor, lecturer, graduate student instructor), work supervisor or some other appropriate mentor can supply the support of documentation.
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