Prize for Library Research

Purpose

  • To encourage excellence in student research that:
    • makes substantial use of library resources and services
    • demonstrates understanding of information literacy competencies
  • To promote undergraduate research throughout the curriculum

The Prize

$250 and a presentation in the "Primetime @ BU Library" series

Eligibility

Students registered full-time in the Bethel University College of Arts and Science in any discipline, and who will be enrolled during the semester in which the award is given.

Parameters of the project

  • May be done in any medium
  • Must be completed for a registered course
  • Cannot be work done as a formal collaboration with a faculty member
  • Cannot be work done in connection with another grant or prize
  • Must demonstrate significant inquiry (the topic must be worth researching)
  • Must be substantially based on research using the Bethel University Library's resources and services
  • Includes a 750-word reflective essay on their research process (e.g., search terms and strategy used, online indexes/databases searched, criteria used to select appropriate information sources)
  • Both the project and the essay should demonstrate learning about the research and information-gathering process itself.

Key information literacy competencies to demonstrate

  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any media that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future. 
  • Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a habit of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of life-long learning

Timeline:

  • For the 2013-2014 prize, projects completed in Spring and Fall Semesters 2013, or during Interim 2014, will be eligible as long as the student will not graduate before May 2014.
  • Applications must be submitted by February 14, 2014.
  • Selections for the prize winner will take place in February.
  • Each student can only submit one application.

Submit Your Application

    Reference

    Jones, L. (2009). The rewards of research: Library prizes for undergraduate research. College & Research Libraries News, 338-341.

    Past Recipients

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    2012-2013

    E. Matisse Murray
    History Department

    2011-2012

    Ryan Steel
    Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Reconciliation Studies

    2010-2011

    Nathan Cornelius
    Art Department

    2009-2010

    Taylor Ferda
    History Department