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  • 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
  • Submit Your Application

    The Prize

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


    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
    • Each student can only submit one application.
    • 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


    • For the 2014-2015 prize, projects completed in Spring and Fall Semesters 2014, or during Interim 2015, will be eligible as long as the student will not graduate before May 2015.
    • Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2015.
    • Selections for the prize winner will take place in February.


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

    Past Recipients

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    Danielle Becker
    Psychology Department


    E. Matisse Murray
    History Department


    Ryan Steel
    Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Reconciliation Studies


    Nathan Cornelius
    Art Department


    Taylor Ferda
    History Department