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Wyndham Robertson Library Undergraduate Research Awards: About

The Award (revised)

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. There will be two (2) awards given: one for a first year/sophomore, and the second for a junior/senior.

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 in the Hollins Room.

Last day of February

Application is due. Have you:

 Filled out the application form?
 Had your faculty sponsor fill out the recommendation form?


TBA End March-Early April

Finalists will be announced.


TBA April

Winners will be announced. Award ceremony TBD.

How: 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 2021; Fall 2020; Spring 2020; J-Term 2020; Fall 2019). You will need to have a faculty member (your class instructor; if the class instructor is unavailable, an advisor would be acceptable) agree to sponsor you for the award. As part of the application, you must write a 250-500 word essay explaining your project and the research you completed.

An impact beyond Hollins

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:

  • $250
  • publication/archiving of your work on the Hollins Digital Commons
  • an excellent item to put on your resume or grad school application
  • the warm fuzzy feeling of recognition by peers and faculty
  • a worldwide audience, Hollins Digital Commons articles are downloaded everywhere

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. As of December 2016, Victoria West’s (‘15) paper on Barack Obama’s inaugural addresses was the most popular article in the Speech and Rhetorical Studies Commons, with more than 11,200 downloads since 2014.  Abigail Sease’s (’16) paper on Korean painter Sin Yun-Bok was in the top 10 articles in the Asian Art and Architecture Commons, downloaded 118 times since last May. 

Junior/Senior 2014 winner Catherine Hensly's article also won the Virginia Social Science Association's Best 2014 Undergraduate Paper Award.


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MSIS, Information Science
The University of Texas at Austin
BA, History
Southwestern University