Undergraduate Library Research Award

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.

Faculty sponsored or independent research projects and assignments, including research assignments for a class are eligible. Group projects are also eligible; each member must submit a separate application and list each member’s name.

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 a currently enrolled undergraduate student in any year or discipline.
  • 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

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.

Group application instructions: Each group member must each submit a separate application and list all members’ names on the application. Each member will be judged separately. If any member fails to submit an application, the group will not be eligible to win. Award money will be divided evenly among group.

Application deadline: November 30th, 2020 11:59PM

Preview Application

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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.