Undergraduate Library Research Award

Spring 2020 Award Update!

We are opening up this semester’s award to any student conducting original research, either for a class assignment, paper, or an independent research project. We are encouraging all students who have used library resources to assist in their research to apply for the Undergraduate Library Research Award.

See application instructions for more details.

Extended deadline: May 1st, 2020, 11:59PM.

Award Details

Sponsored by the UI Libraries, under direction of the Undergraduate Engagement Department, the Undergraduate Library Research Award is awarded to one student each semester. This award goes to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated creative or innovative research skills in the use, selection, and integration of resources, services, and materials from the UI Libraries in their research.

The award is in the amount of $500.00 to be used at the student’s discretion. Students can apply each semester but are only eligible to win once.


To be considered for the Undergraduate Library Research Award applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate student in any year or discipline.
  • Must complete the application and upload a bibliography or reference list of consulted resources or materials.
  • Must use any number of resources, services, and materials through any of the UI Libraries. Resources may include, but are not limited to the following:

Application instructions

To apply please complete the online application below. You will be asked to complete two open-ended prompts and upload a bibliography or a list of the resources you used throughout your research. Be prepared to describe your research project, why it’s important to you, and upload a Word document describing the research process, the selection and integration of library resources in your research, and the role the libraries have played in the context of your research. It is recommended you type your answers in a Word document and copy and paste into the application.

Preview Application

Application Evaluation Criteria

Application Rubric

  • Clarity of project plan and research strategy explaining methods and steps used to conduct research.
  • Clear and detailed explanation of the selection and evaluation of library resources.
  • Strong evidence of the integration and synthesis of library resources
  • Explanation of UI Libraries’ value and purpose in context of research.

For more information about the award, issues with the application, or questions about library resources or services contact Jenay Solomon at jenay-solomon@uiowa.edu.