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Awards, Eligibility & Evaluation Criteria


  • $1,000 awards are given in three categories: Senior ThesisSenior Non-Thesis and Non-Senior.
  • $250 honorable mention awards are also given.
  • Population Health Award:  Optional recognition awards of $250 each will be available for innovative, interdisciplinary or well-written research papers relevant to population health. This will require writing a 250 word essay describing how your research aligns with the theme of population health. This is a separate additional award, and will not affect your chances of winning a Library Research Award grand prize or honorable mention.


  • All undergraduates currently enrolled at the University of Washington are eligible.
  • Students graduating spring 2017 through winter 2018 are also eligible to apply for the award.
  • Projects completed in Spring Quarter 2017 through Spring Quarter 2018 are eligible.
  • Projects must have been completed for UW course credit, for the Undergraduate Research Program (URP), or the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • A project may be in any format or medium.
  • Individual and group projects are eligible.  Each student will be judged individually for group projects.

    Evaluation Criteria

    Submissions are judged on three components: reflective essay (20 points), project (20 points), and bibliography (10 points).

    Submissions will be judged on how well student researchers demonstrate:

    • Unusual depth or broadness in the use of library resources and collections, including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all media.
    • Extraordinary ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any medium that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future.
    • Demonstration of significant personal knowledge in the methods of research and inquiry.

    Please review the evaluation rubric carefully.  It contains a detailed description of how points are awarded. Also see Student Tips for additional guidance.