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Library Undergraduate Research Awards: Applying for the Award

Getting a faculty recommendation

Generally speaking, your sponsor should be the professor for the class in which you completed your project. However, if that faculty member no longer works here or is otherwise difficult to reach, you may ask your advisor or another appropriate faculty member for sponsorship.

The award committee will neither solicit recommendations from faculty nor send reminders. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure the application is complete.


Entering your project

E-mail an electronic copy of your project to

(If your original project did not include a bibliography, you will need to also create a bibliography to accompany the project).

Your Application: Tell us why you deserve the award

Fill out your application form here. As part of the application, you will need to write a 250-500 word essay describing your research. This is a CRITICAL piece of your application. Here are some ideas for writing that essay:

  • Tell us about your research process.
    • Why did you approach your research in that way?
    • How did you respond to challenges?
    • Why did you make the research choices you made? 
  • How did you evaluate the sources you found while researching?
  • What have you learned about the process of research?
    • Would you do anything differently if you were doing a similar project now?
    • What tips might you share with other students?
  • Please do NOT just tell us that you love the library. Please do NOT just give us a list of databases you searched.
  • Write your essay in Word, Wordpad or another word processor, then paste it into the form.


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B.A. English, Austin College
M.L.I.S., Library & Information Science, Drexel University