Eligibility and Application Details

Awards

  • $1,000 awards are given in three categories: Upper Division Thesis, Upper Division Non-Thesis and Lower Division. The lower division award is for students with fewer than 90 college-level credits.
  • $500 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.

Eligibility

  • All undergraduates currently enrolled at the University of Washington are eligible.
  • Students graduating Spring 2018 through Winter 2019 are also eligible to apply for the award.
  • Projects completed in Spring Quarter 2018 through Spring Quarter 2019 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, including but not limited to written papers, posters, art, websites, or musical compositions.
  • We accept projects in any language, but the reflective essay must be in English.
  • 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 (30 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. See Submission Guidelines for additional guidance.

2019 Application Information

  • Projects completed during any of the following quarters are eligible: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019.
  • The award deadline is Monday May 6, 2019. The application form closes at 11:59 p.m on this day. Allow adequate time to complete the form.
  • All files required to be considered for the award MUST be submitted by 11:59 pm on May 6. (This includes the faculty letter of support.)
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application procedures:

Your complete award submission includes 4 separate parts, detailed in the grid below.   All submissions should be in .pdf format, except where noted.
Where you should submit them is listed under "Where to Submit."
The deadline for their submission is 5:00 pm, May 15, 2017.
When you log into the Collect It dropbox you will see a list of all the files you are required to submit. You can keep track of what you have submitted in the Collect It dropbox.
  • Your complete award submission includes 4 parts plus an optional Population Health Award essay, detailed in the grid below.
  • Submissions should be in .pdf format, except where noted.
  • Our Google Form will collect all parts of the application except the faculty letter, which can be submitted through a different Google Form.
  • You will not be able to save your responses and return later.
  • For group projects: Each member of a group must submit their files individually to be considered for the award competition. It is acceptable to use the same faculty letter if appropriate.

File Name

Where to Submit

Deadline

More Information

1

Application Form

Google Form

May 6, 2019

2

Research Strategies Reflective Essay

Google Form

May 6, 2019

500-1,000 words long. Most important part of Award evaluation! Please read: Submission Guidelines, the Evaluation Rubric and Practical Tips from Award ReviewersSubmit in PDF format.

3

Research Project Files

Google Form

May 6, 2019

PDF, Powerpoint slides, DVD/CD, Website URL

For formats that cannot be submitted electronically please consult with the award committee at libaward@uw.edu

4

Faculty Letter of Support

Form coming soon

May 6, 2019

Letters of support can be written by faculty, TAs, and instructors.

5

Population Health Optional add-on Essay

Google Form

May 6, 2019

Approximately 250 words. Describe how your research aligns with the theme of population health. Leaders of the Population Health Initiative will select standout applications. This is a separate additional award you can apply for with your main award application. This award will not affect your chances of winning a Library Research Award grand prize or honorable mention. Submit in PDF format.

Please note:  The award may affect your financial aid.  Please consult your financial aid advisor.