What: This is the annual undergraduate research award, for the recognition of exemplary student research projects completed in Hollins courses. These research projects will showcase extensive and creative usage of the library’s resources; the ability to synthesize those resources in completing the project; and growth in the student’s research skills.
Who: All current Hollins undergraduate students are eligible. Winners and finalists will be awarded in two (2) categories: a first year/sophomore category, and a junior/senior category.
When: All applications will be due at the end of February. Finalists will be announced in early April, and the winners will be recognized at a reception in late April.
Application is due. Have you:
Filled out the application form?
Had your professor fill out the recommendation form?
TBA End March-Early April
Finalists will be announced.
Winners will be announced. Award ceremony TBD.
How To Submit Your Work
Choose a research project (paper; podcast; website; etc.) that you completed for a Hollins course or independent study during the three previous semesters, and J-Terms (J-Term 2023; Fall 2022; Spring 2022; J-Term 2022; Fall 2021). You will need to have a faculty member agree to recommend you for the award. The recommendation should come from your professor for that class; if they are unavailable, an advisor is acceptable. As part of the application, you must write a 250-500 word essay explaining your project and the research you completed.
The Application Essay
The 250-500 word essay is a critical piece of your application. Here are some suggestions:
Check your bibliography and correct any errors before you upload your project.
If your original project did not include a bibliography, you will need to also create a bibliography to accompany the project.
Why should I apply?: Because this is an awesome opportunity to show off your great work, and get rewarded for all the time you spent researching! As if that wasn't enough, each winner will also receive:
Winners and finalists of the award have put the university’s name front and center among the 485 institutions participating in the Digital Commons Network. Victoria West’s (‘15) paper on Barack Obama’s inaugural addresses has been consistently one of the most popular articles in the Speech and Rhetorical Studies Commons, with more than 32,000 downloads since 2014. Abigail Sease’s (’16) paper on Korean painter Sin Yun-Bok has sometimes appeared in the top 10 articles in the Asian Art and Architecture Commons, downloaded more than 1,800 times since 2016.
Junior/Senior 2014 winner Catherine Hensly's article also won the Virginia Social Science Association's Best 2014 Undergraduate Paper Award.