Undergraduate Library Research Award

About the Award

Sponsored by the UI Libraries, under direction of the Undergraduate Engagement Department, the Undergraduate Library Research Award is awarded to a student presenting in the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates’ Fall and Spring Undergraduate Research Festivals (FURF/SURF). One award will be presented to a different student each semester. This award goes to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated creative or innovative research skills in the selection, integration, and synthesis of resources, services, and materials from the UI Libraries.

Award details

Each award is in the amount of $500.00 to be used at the student’s discretion and is given to a student participating in FURF and another participating in SURF. Students may apply both semesters but is only eligible for one award.


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 be presenting in ICRU’s Fall or Spring Undergraduate Research Festivals. Registration for the Spring Undergraduate Research Festival to be announced. For more information about ICRU and FURF/SURF, please visit https://uiowa.edu/icru/events.
  • 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:
    • Articles, Databases, or e-journals
    • Books and E-books
    • Interlibrary loan or UBorrow
    • Special Collections & University Archives
    • Iowa Women’s Archives
    • Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio
    • Engineering Library’s tool library or Creative Space
    • Librarians or library staff

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 the application here.

Applications opening for Spring 2020 coming soon.

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.

Application deadline

Deadline: TBA.

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.