Award Details

Sponsored by the University of Iowa Libraries and generously funded by the Friends of the Libraries foundation, the Undergraduate Library Research Award is awarded to undergraduate students who have demonstrated creative or innovative research skills in the use, selection, and integration of collections, materials, resources, and services from the UI Libraries in their research.

Faculty sponsored or independent research, including projects, papers, and course assignments are eligible. The awards range from $500 to $100 to be used at the student’s own discretion. Students can apply each semester but are only eligible to win once.

Award Categories

We will be awarding three undergraduates in the following categories. Please make sure you select the appropriate category you are applying for in the application.

  • Humanities & Social Sciences Research – $500
  • Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Research- $500
  • Emerging Scholars (must be a first year student) – $100

(Please note: First years are welcome to apply for all categories and will be awarded in one category based on strength of application.)


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

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in any year or discipline.
  • Must be engaged in independent or faculty sponsored research projects or course assignments.
  • Must complete the application and upload a bibliography or reference list of consulted sources, 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

Preview Application

To apply please complete the online application below. Select which category you are applying for. 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 encouraged to preview the application first to prepare your answers and write the short essay before starting the application process.

Group Projects: If you are applying as a member of a group you must clearly describe your individual role and how your own work contributed towards the overall research. 

Applications are closed.

Stay tuned for call for applications this Fall. 

Application Evaluation Criteria

Application Rubric

Your application will be judged on the following:

  • 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