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Prize for Library Research


  • 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

Timeline for 2018-2019 Prize

  • Projects completed in Spring and Fall Semesters 2018, Interim 2019, or Spring Semester 2019, will be eligible as long as the student will not graduate before May 2019
  • Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2019
  • Selection of the prize winner will take place by April 18
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 Sciences in any discipline, and who will be enrolled during the semester in which the award is given

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 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 lifelong learning

Parameters of the project

  • Entrants are encouraged to submit projects that make creative use of available media
    • Papers must be submitted as a PDF
    • Presentations must be submitted either as a slides file or a video file of the original presentation, and must include a complete script submitted as a PDF
    • Contact Lyndi Fabbrini for information about how to submit other types of projects ( / 651.635.8539 )
    • Examples of previous prize winners
  • Submissions must include:
    • Paper or Presentation:
      • Completed for a Bethel University course
      • Substantially based on research using the Bethel University Library's resources and services
    • Essay:
      • 750-word reflective essay on the student’s research process-that is, how source materials were discovered, accessed, evaluated, and used throughout the period of time in which information was collected for use in the project
      • Demonstrates learning about the research and information-gathering process itself
      • NOTE:  Essay counts for 30% of the total evaluation score
    • Digital Library Permissions Form (found on page 2 of the submission form above)
  • Submissions must comply with the following:
    • No more than one submission per student or group
    • Cannot be work done as a formal collaboration with a faculty member or other non-student researcher, or be research commissioned by an organization or business
    • Cannot be work submitted in connection with another grant or prize
  • Group submissions:
    • All members must:
      • Not be graduating before May 2019
      • Write the reflective essay together
      • Present together if they win the prize
      • Agree to equally share any prize money

Past Recipients

Read the papers >>
Watch the presentations


Sarah Bylsma
Political Science Department


Berit Turnquist
Philosophy Department


Christopher Bengtson
Philosophy Department


Emma Beecken
History Department


Fletcher Warren
History Department


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


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

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