Brookens Library Undergraduate Student Research Award: Apply Today!

Brookens Library Student Research Award Now Accepting Applications

 Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Student Research Award was created to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250.

Eligibility:

  • Open to undergraduate students enrolled at University of Illinois Springfield in any academic level for the current academic year. All disciplines are eligible.
  • The paper, project or poster must be tied to a specific UIS course or other appropriate undergraduate research projects (i.e.: StARS Symposium).
  • Submissions must be from the current or previous academic year.
  • Individual or team submissions are allowed (in the event a team submission wins the award, the prize will be split among the team members).
  • The paper, project or poster must be completed at the time of submission.
  • All submissions must contain an element of library research that demonstrates the use of primary and/or secondary sources. This could be a literature review, an annotated bibliography or other means of documentation appropriate to the project submitted.
  • The submitted paper or project must have a reference list (works cited).
  • All applicants must agree to give the library permission to upload winning papers/projects to the campus institutional repository (IDEALS).

Your complete application must include:

  • A completed application form.
  • A 700-1000 word abstract introducing the research question being answered by the submission. Include a discussion of hypotheses, methodology and/or results when appropriate.
  • A final version of the research paper, project or poster presentation.
  • A bibliography or other appropriate list of sources consulted/works cited.
  • A statement of support from the UIS faculty member who taught the course or administered the research project for which the paper/project/poster was originally submitted.

 

Evaluation Committee

A committee comprised of librarians and faculty members from different disciplines will judge all submissions.

Evaluation criteria:

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability to select, evaluate, and synthesize appropriate library resources and successfully use them in the creation of a research project or paper.
  • Evidence of significant scholastic and/or personal learning and the development of a steady research pattern or habits that can be utilized in future academic endeavors.
  • Ability to describe and analyze the applicant’s research strategies, techniques, and learning process.
  • Originality/uniqueness of the project/topic, mastery of content (appropriate to class level), clear writing, and overall quality of the project.

Deadlines and important dates:

  • Application forms are due by March 23, 2015. The online application form is available here: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/1048711
  • All remaining application materials are due by 5pm on March 23, 2015.
  • The winner will be announced at the StARS conference on April 3, 2015.
 Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant’s academic level and the requirements of the discipline.

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