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 one student each semester presenting in the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates’ (ICRU) Fall and Spring Undergraduate Research Festivals (FURF/SURF). 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.

Award details

The award is in the amount of $500.00 to be used at the student’s discretion and is given to a different student each semester who will be presenting their research at ICRU’s Fall or Spring Undergraduate Research Festival. 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 be presenting in ICRU’s Fall or Spring Undergraduate Research Festivals. Registration for SURF is open through Friday, March 27, 2020. For more information about ICRU and to register for SURF, please visit their website and look for news & 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:

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.

(We are still accepting applications! )

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

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.