Undergraduate Research Award

Tisch Library has developed an award recognizing outstanding undergraduate use of the library’s collections, resources and services in the production of an exemplary research project. 

The 2017 application period is now closed.  Check back in fall 2017 for information about the 2018 award!

Award Categories

A first prize of $500 and a second prize of $250 will be given to projects in each of the following categories:

  • First year writing program (ENG 1-4, Philosophy 1, or any course taken to fulfill the college writing requirement)
  • 001-099 level courses
  • 100-199 level courses
  • Independent Research Efforts

Who can apply?

  • All undergraduate students who are registered through the end of Spring 2017 are eligible.
  • Projects completed any time in 2016 (spring, summer or fall semesters) are eligible.
  • Group projects are eligible. Prizes will be split equally among group members.

How to Apply

Complete applications consist of 4 parts:

  1. Project (with Bibliography): The final version of your completed project, including a bibliography.  If your project is not in digital form, contact the committee at tura@tufts.edu.
  2. Research Process Essay: A 500‐750 word essay describing your research strategies and your application of library tools, resources and services in completion of the project (see Essay Tips page for more details)
  3. Application: Fill out the application form in its entirety with your contact info and details, attach both the project (#1) and essay (#2) to it, and submit by noon on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
  4. Recommendation: The course instructor or project advisor will need to supply a recommendation for your application.  Ask early enough to assure that your instructor or project advisor sends in the recommendation form by the deadline – again, that’s noon on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Winners are expected to

  • Attend a lunch/research poster exhibit at Tisch Library on Friday March 31, 2017.
  • Contribute materials to a Tisch display for the poster exhibit (Note: the selection committee creates the poster; we'll ask for your photo and, if possible, accompanying materials to highlight your project).
  • Submit their entry to the Tufts institutional repository.

Dates to Remember

  • Fall 2016: Students may begin to submit applications.
  • Tuesday February 21, 2017, 12:00pm (noon): Deadline to submit applications. Neither incomplete nor late applications will be considered.
  • March 2016: winners notified
  • Friday, March 31, 2017, noon-1:15: Award lunch & poster exhibit at Tisch.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be judged on demonstration of:

  • Unusual depth or breadth in the use of library services, staff and collections.
  • Extraordinary ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any medium that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future.

Our rubric considers:

  • Research Process Essay
  • Research Strategy
  • Project
  • Sources Used
  • Instructor Recommendation

Still have questions?  See FAQ or contact the committee at tura@tufts.edu.

Selection Committee members:

Julie-Ann Bryson, Carol Ellis, Martha Kelehan, Connie Reik, Erica Schattle (chair)